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 Mrs Grimsley.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Hornsey. 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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12 Jan 2018

In the woods

We've started a new topic in Year 3 about what it was like for Stone Age people. Our first lesson took place in the school woods. We imagined we were travelling back in time 200,000 years and that whatever was in the woods was all we had - no buildings, no roads, no electricity, no shops, no school and no screens! We discussed what people would need to survive and how they might have found food. The children then had a go at building shelters to keep them warm and safe from all kinds of weather and wild animals. It was hard work and we don't think that the shelters would last very long!

When we came back into the classroom, we had a think about whether we would have liked to live in the Stone Age. We finished the lesson by reading 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura which shows how people hunted, cooked, made clothes and built shelters.

It was a lot of fun and the children are really excited about finding out more!

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30 Nov 2017

Insect art

If you have visited school this week, you might have noticed that there are lots of blank display boards around. That is because we have been working hard on our new whole school art topic and the new pieces are going up on display this week. The new theme is insects so every class in school has been looking closely at different insects.

Y3D/deB made pictures of colourful dragonflies. We looked at the parts of an insect's body and we used microscopes to look very closely at the detail on their wings. We used pastels for the background and bright felt tipped pens for the dragonflies to make them stand out. We made the wings out of clear plastic and used marker pens to make the detailed patterns. Finally, we added a bit of sparkle with glitter.

Y3EC collected different natural materials to build gardens in shoe boxes. We then made our insects out of pompoms and pipe cleaners. We tied some of our creations onto threads and made them dangle from branches.

Y3W/W and Y3AR used leaves to make a print on clay, then built insects using clay and cocktail sticks. Finally, we added some colour with paint and glitter.

Here is a preview of a few of the wonderful pieces of Y3 art that will form part of the new displays...

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24 Nov 2017

Sheffield Blitz recount writing

This week, we pretended that we were children living in Sheffield on 12th December 1940 when the Blitz happened. We wrote recounts of what happened on that night. Here are some extracts from our writing:

I was happily playing tig with my baby sister and my naughty cousin when the blood-curdling siren went off. We rushed to the gate and my one and only elder cousin flung the gate open. I screamed and my little sister burst into tears. I couldn't help but jump while thinking about bombs dropping onto the cobbly ground.

"Quick, quick!" shrieked my beloved cousin. We grabbed the baby and skidded to the public shelter. It was very murky, damp and crowded in there. Comics were handed out by the newsagent but I wasn't interested because I worried to death about my wonderful house.


We grabbed a book and a lantern and slipped down into our small and uncomfortable Morrison shelter. I heard massive bangs and crashes. One came so close that it knocked the side of my house off! I felt some rubble underneath me and I was very worried about my Grandpa, Grandma and Auntie. Mum sang Run Rabbit a few times to keep me calm.


We rushed to Eddie's house. Eddie's mum and dad called us into the Anderson shelter. We sang songs to drown out the wailing air raid siren. I was very worried if my house was put on fire or blown up.


I peered out of the shelter and I could see different colours like red and orange. I could smell smoke burning. I didn't feel comfortable. The shelter was damp and stinky. I could feel some hot fire coming closer. It felt like it was touching me. I could hear loud bombs dropping from noisy planes and I could hear flying, shattering debris everywhere. There were loud crackling noises and whistling. The wall was moving about and it was like an earthquake.


Then the all clear siren sounded and I was safe. I climbed out of the Anderson shelter. My dad did too. I could feel lots of smoke against my face.


As soon as I got out of the Anderson shelter, I saw rubble and soot. Luckily, my house was not destroyed but it was horrible. The streets were empty. I will never forget the Blitz.


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17 Nov 2017

The Sheffield Blitz

We have made a good start to our new topic 'What was life like for children living in Sheffield in 1940?'

This week, we learned about the Sheffield Blitz. We listened to the air raid sirens and found out about different ways in which people took shelter when there was an air raid. We looked at some replica artefacts such as a gas mask, an oil lamp and a chamber pot, and some of us dressed up in warm woollen cardigans and tank tops. We turned all the lights off then pretended that under our tables was our shelter and when we heard the siren, we all took shelter. We have thought about what we might have seen and heard and how we might have felt.

We have also read some memories and watched some interviews with real Sheffield people who lived through the nights of the Blitz.

We will use this to help us with our writing about the Blitz next week.

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09 Nov 2017

Spanish conversations

This week, we thought about how much Spanish we have learnt so far in Year 3. We know how to...
~ Greet each other at different times of the day
~ Ask how someone is and say how we are
~ Ask someone their name and introduce ourselves
~ Say goodbye
We have enjoyed practising holding mini conversations with each other.    
This half term, we look forward to adding to this conversation by...
~ Saying how old we are and asking someone how old they are
~ Learning about Christmas traditions in Spain and making Spanish Christmas cards.
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