Year 3 Blog


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 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of the School Governors, also helps out in all four classes.

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. We know that the question that children are mostly asked as they leave school is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs we will share with you what your children have been getting up to and all of the wonderful work that they have been doing. The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Drury in Y4S/D, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (this is not a typo!) in Y4S/S, Miss Norris in Y4HN and Miss Wall in Y4AW. The children are supported by our teaching assistants too, including Mrs Biggs, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Tandy. We also have help from Miss Lee, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Flynn and Mrs Wolff. Some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub too with Mrs Tandy. What a team!

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Parker (5AP), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (the Year 5Teaching 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 Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. 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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24 Sep 2018

Using 'powerful' verbs

In our literacy lesson today, we experimented with changing the verb in a sentence to a more 'powerful' one that gives the reader a clue about the mood of the character. The children started with a short passage about a head teacher visiting the classroom. They thought about how he might be feeling and changed the verbs to change the mood of the passage. The teachers were very impressed with the great vocabulary used. Here are some examples where the verbs have been changed. Can you tell how the head teacher was feeling in each one?

The head teacher stormed into the classroom. He glared around the room. "What's going on here?" he demanded. (Sepand)

The head teacher cartwheeled into the classroom. He floated around the room. "What's going on here?" he sang. (Molly)

The head teacher ran into the classroom. He glared around the room. "What's going on here?" he grumbled. (Oliver)

The head teacher stomped into the classroom. He scanned the room. "What's going on here?" he screamed. (Oscar)

The head teacher skipped into the classroom. He peeked into the room. "What's going on here?" he laughed. (Sophia)

The head teacher tumbled into the classroom. He glanced around the room. "What's going on here?" he cheered. (Holly)

The head teacher ran into the classroom. He tiptoed around the room. "What's going on here?" he whispered. (Ninaad)

The head teacher jumped into the classroom. He glanced around the room. "What's going on here?" he shouted. (Isabel)

The head teacher strolled into the classroom. He smiled around the room. "What's going on here?" he laughed. (Natalie)

The head teacher sneaked into the classroom. He squinted around the room. "What's going on here?" he whispered. (George)

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21 Sep 2018

Homework - Skeletons

In our Science lessons, the children have been learning about skeletons in different animals. They have looked at the human skeleton and thought about why we have bones.

For their homework this week, we would like them to label some of the bones in the human skeleton with their scientific names. They will have brought home a sheet to complete today.

Please return the sheet by Friday 28th September.

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17 Sep 2018

Spellings for this half term

From this week, the children will be bringing home a spelling list to learn every Monday. An accompanying letter sent today will explain which words we would like them to learn each week.

The spelling lists for the whole of this half term are below:

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14 Sep 2018

Self Portraits

The children in Year 3 have now fully settled in and are enjoying a wide variety of lessons.

One of the first activities they completed was to make a self portrait to display. This is to show that they belong here and to make our classrooms look welcoming. We are very impressed at what great artists they are!

Here are some pictures of the work. Can you guess who they are?

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11 Sep 2018

Times Tables homework

In Key Stage 2, it is important that all children learn the times tables facts (up to 12x12) and practise quick recall. If they have fluent recall, it will help them with many of the calculations they will do and with solving problems.

They will have learnt the 2x, 5x and 10x tables at Key Stage 1. We begin with practising these at the start of Year 3 in order to improve quick recall and to ensure that they can relate them to the division facts. We practise in school most days but we will also send home a booklet every Tuesday for the children to practise at home too. The best way to practise is little and often - in the car, walking to school, whilst waiting in a queue, etc.

After the first half term, we will then move on to the 3x table, followed by the 4x table (doubling the 2x) in Spring, and finally the 8x table (doubling the 4x) in the Summer. The children will learn the rest of the tables by the end of Year 4.

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