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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08 Sep 2017

Welcome to Y3!

We have all enjoyed our first week in Year 3 and we have been really busy!

As well as learning our way around and new routines, we have written letters to our teachers, read 'Flat Stanley' by Jeff Brown, invented our own number systems, made self portraits, looked at different types of sentences, played maths games on the computers, played parachute games, talked about 'wants and needs', and much more!

Thank you to all the children who brought in their 'What's through the window?' picture from their holiday homework. We have enjoyed sharing them and listening to all the places they have been and stories they have to tell.

Everyone has taken home their own Flat Stanley for this week's homework. Stanley would like to have some adventures outside of school. We would like an adult to look after him for a week and then talk at home about what he has been doing (it is fine to take some photos if you'd like to). The children will bring him back to school by Monday 18th September ready to tell their class what he has been doing.

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26 May 2017

Moving Monsters

This week in Y3, we have been making moving monsters!

We have been looking at how air can be used to make things move and have experimented with simple pneumatic systems. We designed monsters using a pneumatic system to make a part of them move. We also used the iPads to research different textures and coverings we could use to cover our designs.

We enjoyed building our monsters out of junk materials, making them move and decorating them. When we'd finished, we filmed our creations. You can see some of our work below:


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27 Apr 2017

Trip to Greece

Today in Year 3, we took a trip to Greece without even leaving the school building! We had a visitor from Google Expeditions who brought in phones that were fitted into cardboard sleeves to make them into Virtual Reality viewers. When we looked into them, we could turn our heads all around, up and down to see what was around us. We looked at different places in Greece and considered what is the same/ different to places in the UK. Our teachers guided us to look at certain places using an iPad and we found out lots of interesting facts. It was like going on a school trip!

There was a little bit of time left over at the end of our session, so we decided to look at a couple of other places. Some classes went to the moon and some went underwater to look at sharks!

We really enjoyed using this technology. We are sure it will really help us over the next few weeks when we are talking about those places in our geography lessons and looking at maps of the area.

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07 Apr 2017

More performance poetry

We have continued to read and listen to a selection of performance poems this week. One of those poems was 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright (you can see Kit Wright perform his poem at We thought about items that we would like to put in the Magic Box and wrote our own poems using expanded noun phrases.

Y3JD chose the best line from each poem in the class to make a class poem:

The Magic Box by Y3JD

We will put in the box...

A golden key that unlocks a chest to future generations,

A lonely leaf from the last tree in the World,

Whirling and twirling thoughts from dreams that come true,

The happy screech from a baby bird,

The blue sparkle of a mermaid's tail,

A pink, fluffy unicorn flying on a rainbow,

A golden cheetah pouncing through the creaky castle,

A pretty, pink peal that shows the past,

Pure, shiny gold,

The moon sparkling down on the gentle sea,

A gorgeous prince to marry the princess,

A shiny Rubik's cube that solves itself,

The golden Pikachu Ex dreaming of his next battle,

A gentle voice singing a lovely song,

The magical sounds of the future,

A ginger cat glowing up in the dark,

A jumpy gerbil from Jamaica called Jake,

Guitars that play sweetly by themselves,

The sparkle and shimmer of a firework,

A tremendous trampoline that will bounce me to the future,

A pretty purple purse that sparkles all the time,

Blackbeard's bowl of breakfast being eaten by birds,

The fast, mighty Minotaur,

The voice of a mermaid singing a magnificent melody,

The fastest ninja from the robotic future,

The first ball to roll on the bumpy ground

And the first time you swallow fizzy Frobscottle and Whizzpop!

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31 Mar 2017

We've got a WaWa...!

This week in Year 3, we have read the poem 'I've got a WaWa in my House' by Roni Robinson and practised performing it using tone, intonation, pace and volume to good effect.

We then followed the same rhythm and rhyme structure to write our own poems about the 'WaWa'. We enjoyed thinking about the best adjectives we could to describe our characters and some of us even used alliteration to make our poems sound good when read aloud.

Here is some of our amazing work:

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