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 our regular volunteers, 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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22 Mar 2019

Homework - Fractions of numbers

The homework for this week is to practise the method we have learnt in class to find fractions of numbers. The children have learnt that they need to begin all work with fractions by thinking about the size of the 'whole', so they start by drawing a bar model to show how many 'equal parts' are in the whole thing (the denominator). They then label what the whole is worth and divide it equally into the parts. Finally, they shade in the number of parts they need (the numerator) and work out what these are worth.

There is an extra challenge for anyone who would like to have a go!

Please return the sheet to school by Friday 29th March when we will go through it together in class.

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20 Mar 2019

88 Pianists

Today Y3WW and Y3EC had a second visit from the 88 Pianists Engineers from the University of Sheffield. Last time they visited the school, the asked the children to design mechanical fingers to let 88 people play a single piano at one time and break a world record.

This time, they asked the children to think about how those concepts might actually work in reality and the engineering behind it. The children worked in groups to make the longest beater they could to play a chime bar with. The point being, to realise how difficult it would be to use something like this to play a piano with. Rafa, from Y3WW was overheard saying 'It's quite hard trying to aim it.'

The children also came up with some exciting artwork to decorate the final designs which will be used in August to break the record.

Our classes are incredibly lucky as three of the children have had winning designs which will be made into three of the mechanical fingers to be used at the final event on 19th August 2019.

If you want to hear more, you can come along to the Millennium Gallery Activity room on Saturday 4th May and hear one of the engineers talk about the project.

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18 Mar 2019

Stone Age Wall Hangings

A few weeks ago, we finished our art topic about Stone Age cave paintings. We all made a fabric square with pictures inspired by the art that was left in caves by Stone Age people. We used fabric dye to paint on the main shapes, then sewed around the outline. We finished by adding beads, buttons and ribbons. Mrs Nicolson took them all away and stitched them together to make some amazing wall hangings. We think they look great!

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15 Mar 2019

Science Week

We have really enjoyed Science Week in Year 3 this week and have learned lots of interesting and fascinating facts and ideas.

On Monday, we thought about how scientists look closely at things and looked at some photos of everyday items under a microscope. We were very surprised at what some of the items were! Everyone enjoyed a treasure hunt in the woods, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. We experimented with floating and sinking and made plasticine into different shapes to see if it would float. We also made shadow puppets and thought about how shadows are formed.

On Tuesday/ Wednesday when we were not out visiting Poole's Cavern, we looked at how scientists use animal droppings to find out more about animals, what they eat, where they live, how healthy they are, etc. We started the lesson by reading 'The Mole Who Knew it was None of His Business' by Werner Holzworth & Wolf Erlbruch. We had some fake poo that we carefully pulled apart to discover that one of them contained seeds and grass and the other contained feathers and fur. We thought that this meant that one of the animals ate plants and the other was a meat eater. We then used tree diagrams to identify animals from their poo.

We also looked at how we can use different filters to clean dirty water. It was a messy day!

On Thursday and Friday, our theme was Space. We enjoyed visiting the Wonderdome, a mobile planetarium. We used fruit to make our own scaled model of the solar system. The sun was a huge exercise ball, then the planets ranged from a water melon down to a peppercorn.

We also wrote some poetry based on what we had found out about the planets.

We finished the week by doing some space art which will be displayed around the school in a few weeks time - look out for it!

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15 Mar 2019

No new homework this week

As you have been so busy with the story boxes and science week homework, we are not sending out any new homework this week.

If you want to do another activity from the grid you took home for science week, then that would be great.

You will get a new homework activity next Friday.

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