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 (3JD), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Reasbeck & Mrs Drury (3R/D). Mr Jones teaches 3JD on Fridays. We also have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain.

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 Y4.
The team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Ridsdale, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Hardy and Mrs Smith, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Smith and last but not least Mrs Finney. We also have help from Mrs Lee, Mrs Flynn, Mrs Hill, Mr Jenkinson and Mr Swain. Some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen and Mrs Tandy. What a team!
In our weekly blogs we will share with you all the exciting things that have happened in our classrooms be it learning or any magical moments. Watch this space!!!

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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 ,Mrs Jones (5R/J), Miss Roberts (5AR), Mrs Holden and Mrs de Brouwer (5H/deB). . Many children are supported by Teaching Assistants who work with children across the school. 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 Tuesday morning teachers are Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper 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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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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22 Mar 2017

Trip to Pooles Cavern

We had a great time on our trips to Pooles Cavern in Buxton this week, despite the bad weather! Y3JD and Y3R/D got very wet on Monday but still did our best to work on soggy paper! Unfortunately, we couldn't walk right up to Solomon's Temple as the ground was too slippery but we really enjoyed going into the cave.

The cave is amazing and the tour was fascinating. We loved seeing the huge stalactite in the middle and learning about the stalagmites that look like a pile of fried eggs! We also enjoyed looking down the river at the 'long view'. When we were deep into the cave, the tour guide turned the lights off so we could experience how dark it is. It made us realise why the Stone Age people didn't go that far in as we couldn't see anything at all!

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