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 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Proctor.

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. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC).  Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. 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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24 Mar 2020

Wa Wa poems

Have you been reading the 'We've got a Wa Wa' poem we sent home? Here is a recording of some children reading it in school yesterday. You could join in and read along with them if you like...

If you have made up your own verse, we would love to hear it. We will be sending an email address to Y3 parents today that they can use to send your poems to us and we'll try to post some of them on this blog to share with other Y3 children.

Here are some verses that the children in school made up today. We think they sound great - what do you think?

We've got a Wa Wa in our house,

Comes at night and looks like a mouse,

Snores like a pig,

Looks like a fig,

Fat and funny,

And it's hair - oh mummy!

Bum all floopy,

Face all droopy,

Ears all floppy,

And its nose - oh ploppy!

We've got a Wa Wa, likes to eat,

Sleeps all day and its friend is called Pete.

I've got a Wa Wa under my bed,

I decided to name him Fred,

Belly like jelly,

Breath all smelly,

Ears all slimy

And its tail - cor blimey!

Hairy and scary,

Eyes all starey,

Lips all lumpy

And its teeth - oh mummy!

I've got a Wa Wa, he lazes around,

And he loves playing in the playground.

We've got a Wa Wa in our class,

The teachers locked behind a sheet of glass,

Wet and Shiny,

Sort of slimy,

Really weird belly

And the legs - all jelly.

Super fast,

Very vast,

Never baths,

Doesn't like maths.

Lots of people stop and stare,

My uncle thinks that it's a bear.

My Wa Wa says its favourite food is pizza,

But it does like to steal my mum's home-made fajita,

Face all wrinkly,

Clothes all crinkly,

Eats all month,

And its food - oh mum!

Nice to me,

Come and see,

Never hurts

But its face - Oh Bert!

All my friends like my pet,

But my dad thinks that he needs a vet.

We've got a Wa Wa in our house,

He's my friend but he looks like a mouse,

Snorts and snores,

Lots of flaws,

Slimy and funny,

And its eyes - oh mummy!

Ribs all wrinkly,

Knees all tinkly,

Eyes all mad

And its horns - oh grandad!

We've got a Wa Wa that likes to sleep,

Likes doing maths and it eats a lot of sheep.

I've got a Wa Wa under my bed,

It likes to cuddle up with my ted,

Squelchy and fluffy,

Wobbly and puffy,

Legs all slow

And its claws - oh no!

Arms all thick,

Tail all sick,

Hands all mad,

And its mouth - oh dad!

I've got a Wa Wa that plays tig,

And it loves to do a silly jig.

We've got a Wa Wa - it is bad,

Snores and snorts just like my dad,

Wet and slimy,

Wiggly and tiny,

Really wriggly,

Fiddly and giggly.

Eyes all tiny,

Bored and whiny,

Ears all clear,

But its laugh - oh dear!

I'm going to take my Wa Wa to school,

I don't care if it's against the rule!

I've got a Wa Wa under my bed,

Sits under there and pretends he's called Fred.

Wet and slimy,

Giggly and whiny,

Tells a lie

And its tail - oh my!

Eyes like slime,

Likes to rhyme,

Bum all bumpy

And its feet - oh mummy!

Hands all smelly,

Legs just like jelly,

Toenails all mad,

And its arms - oh dad!

I've got a Wa Wa, sleeps a lot,

He can fit into a pot.

We've got a Wa Wa in our pool,

All he does is roar and drool,

Big and hairy,

Fat and scary,

His name is Po

And his tum - oh no!

Arms all fluffy,

Feet all scruffy,

Sucks a dummy,

And its teeth - oh mummy!

We've got a Wa Wa who likes to swim,

I'm sure you would want one just like him.

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06 Mar 2020

Homework - finish story box

Please remember that your story box is due in next week. We are looking forward to seeing your creations!

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28 Feb 2020

Homework - Story Boxes

The homework for this week is another creative one. We are starting some literacy work on writing short adventure stories. We have been reading a range of stories and now the children are going to make up their own. They can choose any setting they like and be as imaginative and creative as they want in order to create a 'story in a shoebox'.

Please note that it is important that the children do not write their stories at home. They just need to think about their ideas and tell the story orally to someone so that they have it clear in their head when they come to write.

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25 Feb 2020

Setting description

This half term in Year 3, we are working on adventure stories. Over the next few weeks, we will be reading lots of exciting stories and gathering ideas for making up our own adventures.

We started by watching a video called 'The Dreamgiver' (see The teachers stopped the film before the end and we wrote descriptions of the scene when the boy finds himself lost in the forest (from 2:50-3:30). We used the senses and powerful verbs to build a picture of the scene for the reader. Lots of children even managed to include some subordinate clauses in some of their sentences.

Here are some extracts from our great writing:


The boy felt the soft, grassy ground. Even though he was stiff, he climbed up from the ground and stared around. It didn't look familiar but how beautiful all the nature was!  - Rosie

As he pulled his transparent space helmet, he felt the fresh and clean air rush up his nose. Orange, pink and red butterflies fluttered over his head. An orange butterfly perched onto his knuckle.  - Harry

He stood up from the hard floor and when he looked up, he marvelled at the sight. There were big brown trees looming over him.  - Dejan

He gazed up at the long green and blue trees bending over him. They were shading him from the blazing hot sun that was peeping through the gaps in the trees. He could smell nature's fresh, sweet berries and plants.  - Isabelle

He was astonished at what he saw. There were pink and orange leaves on the amazing tall trees. He took a stroll. Suddenly, he saw a small stone statue near a huge rock. Even though he was scared, he pushed ahead.  - Karma

He meandered along taking every fresh smell in from the daisies to the roses. At that very moment, the sky grew paler and the air grew colder. He felt a cold shudder go up his spine.  - Isla M

Butterflies came fluttering down as quiet as a feather. Immediately, the sky went from morning orange to dark gloomy grey. The little boy saw deadly bones scattered around the floor. Before he took one more breath, he ran across to the edge of the forest.  - Isla D

Almost immediately, all twenty-nine butterflies flew away and the whole world seemed darker. A cold, harsh chill ran down his spine as he peered up and saw a huge totem that seemed to be staring down at him. Jo was afraid. He darted in the opposite direction yet only to see another totem and another and another.  - Coralie

Although shocked, he was intrigued by it all. He walked up some stone steps and out of the darkness a dark, evil eye looked at him. What was it?  - Martha


The boy felt exasperated as he tumbled down onto the ground. His eyes flickered, amazed before opening them fully to discover the magnificence of the forest. When he first looked up, he gazed at the bright light flooding in through the gaps in the colossal trees.  - Phoebe

Alex could see the shimmering light piercing through the vast canopy. Alex could smell earthy moss around him, and the earthy mist lingered around the forest.  - Rhys

As he looked up, Jim saw a glimmering light and twisted trees, like a witch's bent finger. He heard a humming noise. Jim looked around. Suddenly, he spied some wrecked stone faces as he crept deeper into the forest.  - Charlie P

Arlo fell down on top of the mossy undergrowth where the trees swished gracefully in the gentle breeze, and the butterflies fluttered their beautiful orange wings.  - Jasmine

As he found himself laid on the mossy blanketed wood, trees towered above him into the deep blue sky. Then a swarm of butterflies fluttered past him. An amazingly strong light trickled down through the trees.  - Rowan

Max could feel warm UV rays reach his white distinctive costume. The colossal trees blocked the sun from Max's eyes, but instead he saw something better. He saw the slithery serpent like creature entwined in branches like a plait, but wood.  - Emilia

Birds tweeted and landed on the canopy of colossal trees, and he felt the cool breeze on his face. The strong scent of the forest filled his nose. The crumbly old trees towered above him, as if they had been through a war.  - Poppy

Just at that moment, he sprung up and saw dozens of orange butterflies. He slowly put out a finger hoping one would land on it and it did. Ronald was amazed. The tree's beautiful leaves blocked the shining sunlight coming into the forest.  - Erin

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31 Jan 2020

Homework - Non-fiction books

In our literacy lessons, we have been looking at non-fiction books. For homework this week, we would like you to choose a non-fiction book about a topic that interests you and bring it into school to share your favourite page and two interesting facts that you have found out. We would also like you to think about the features of a non-fiction text and how they help you when you are reading it.

If you do not have a book at home that you can bring in, please choose a book to borrow from our many non-fiction books in the Y3 bases and take that home to complete this task.

Please be ready to share what you have found out on Friday 7th February.

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