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Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.

We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.

We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Proctor.

We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!

The Y3 team.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC).  Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.

We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.

The Year 5 Team

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We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....

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09 Aug 2017

What happens in those long holidays?

The six-week holiday is one of the busiest times of the school year, in fact.

How come? Because that is when we can get on with building and premises works without the restrictions caused by having to work round teaching hours, the health and safety difficulties of having 500 plus people on site, and the brief periods available in term time for developing projects.

So what have we been up to so far?

  • Visitors who think they know the school will find that the library has gone!
  • And that a teaching kitchen area has appeared where the library was,
  • The teaching base that was Y5AR has expanded! (built out sideways)
  • The teaching base has been re-carpeted,
  • A new library has opened up in what was the central open space known as the ‘Craft Area’,
  • Walls around the main building have been painted,
  • The air con has been fixed (at very long last),
  • Thirty three brand-new curriculum computers have been replaced and installed around school, with all the necessary software,

You might wonder how on Earth we can afford to do all this in a time when schools are crying out in fiscal pain? Actually the jobs are cheaper than you might think, are on the ‘never-never’, are being done in-house, or are paid for by ring-fenced funds.

The library / kitchen swap has been done by our own Premises staff, and funded partly by FOLA, partly with a ring-fenced Capital fund. We receive around £9,600 per year for premises development works, and didn’t spend last year’s, so we had £19,000 available and needing to be spent.

The carpets are paid for from our meagre premises improvements budget.

The ‘expansion’ works were again completed by Mr Sharrock and a colleague, with proper plans and permissions and building regulation approval.

The newly positioned library uses the same shelving and books – it is just costing us some time to shift everything and screw them down! (and a bit more carpet so as to quieten the area).

Three very large buckets of magnolia emulsion costs a lot less than the staff time to apply it. The Premises staff are ‘whole time’ which means they work 52 weeks a year (minus annual leave).

The air conditioning / heating / ventilation system in the main building has been problematic since its installation. The local authority has picked up the tab for the latest remedial work. Hopefully the attendance of the head of service will ensure it does not work properly. No further cost to school for this one.

We were already in a rolling lease for IT hardware. The idea is that we cannot afford to buy outright, so we simply stay in a lease/lend agreement and replace as machines become obsolete. The new ones are distributed right around school in classrooms and bases for children to use every day.

Still to come is some work on protecting the viability of one of the ‘mobile’ classrooms, by having contractors install (flame retardant) aluminium cladding, and finishing off all the started jobs.

I think you’ll notice the difference, and the children will, too.