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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27 Oct 2017

BFG Dream Jars

We are continuing to enjoy reading The BFG in Year 3 and this week, we have read about the dreams that he catches and keeps in jars. We have practised our writing skills by writing some dreams of our own and then we presented them onto outlines of jars. Have a look at the examples below. Look out for these key skills that we have been working on:

  • - Neat, joined-up handwriting
  • - Clear sentences with full stops, question marks or exclamation marks
  • - Adjectives and adverbs to add detail
  • - 'Powerful' verbs - using the best verbs we can
  • - Using the senses to describe a setting
  • - We tried to write these in the present tense.
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20 Oct 2017

Solving Problems

We have been solving some problems in maths lessons this week.

First, we became detectives and solved the case of the missing numbers! We were given clues and had to find which numbers they were. For example, we were told:

The sum of the two numbers is 24.

The difference between the two numbers is 4.

We wrote down the pairs of numbers that make 24, then guessed which pair had a difference of 4. If it was wrong, we just tried a different pair of numbers until we'd cracked the case!

It was a lot of fun and we realised that it is okay to get the answers wrong sometimes because it can help you to find the right answers.

Another problem we solved was 'Magic Vs' ( Although the addition was easy for us, we found that we had to spend a lot of time finding different solutions and tried to explain our reasoning.

Here are some of our thoughts on this problem:

"I found one that worked, then I just swapped the numbers round to find other ones." - Daniel

"It was easy once you got started because you could find lots of solutions from one base." - Jude

"I noticed that it had to be an odd number at the bottom because we were using more odd numbers. When I try the numbers 2-6 I think it will have to be an even number because there are more even numbers."  - Ellie

"I found adding the numbers easy, but it was hard to think of a new one that worked each time" - Eddie
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13 Oct 2017

Making Jacket Potatoes

In our design technology and science lessons, we have been learning more about what makes a healthy, balanced diet. We all designed our own recipes for a healthy jacket potato meal. We made sure we included foods from the different food groups and we included one 'adventurous' ingredient (something we hadn't tried before).

This week we all made our recipes. First, we practised the skills of cutting, peeling and grating. Then we prepared and ate our meals.  We thought carefully about the presentation of our meal on the plate and some of the designs included a face, a boat, and even a pig! It was a lot of fun and many of us discovered new foods that we like.

Here are some of our creations:

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09 Oct 2017

Giant instructions!

This week, we have been working on writing instructions using imperative verbs.

We imagined that a giant had come to live in the school woods and read some instructions on 'How to Trap a Giant'. We decided that we needed to know how to look after our giant so we wrote sets of instructions for how to brush his teeth, how to make his clothes, how to feed him, and so on.

Have a read of some of our great writing below:

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29 Sep 2017

Land Use Homework

Your homework task this week is to compare the land use in two different pictures.

You will have brought home a recording sheet for your ideas. Here are the pictures we would like you to compare:

Picture A:

Picture B:

Things to think about:

Which word would you use to describe the location in each picture (urban or rural)?

Describe the physical features you notice in both pictures.

Describe the human features you notice in both pictures.

What similarities do you notice between Picture A and Picture B?

What differences do you notice between Picture A and Picture B?

Describe an experience you have had whilst visiting a locality like Picture A. Use your senses.

Describe an experience you have had whilst visiting a locality like Picture B. Use your senses.

This homework is due back by Friday 6th October 2017.

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