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 & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.

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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23 May 2020

Maths Eyes

We set a challenge this week to use your 'maths eyes' to look around for when things are divided into equal groups and think about how this relates to fractions. Here are some photos of fractions that people have found:

Libby noticed that each egg was 1 sixth of the box and labelled them. She then used one egg to make some gingerbread and had 5 sixths left.

Kate arranged the 10 segments of her orange into 5 fifths.

Arin used boxes of eggs to show 1 third and 12 twelfths. He also explored the fractions on a clock.

Sammy used Minecraft to count in sevenths.

This boy saw fractions in some birthday balloons. He said that 2 eighths of the balloons are yellow and 1 eighth is gold.

Freya made some blueberry muffins and noticed some fractions before she baked them. She said that the green cases were 2 twelfths of the whole tray and that there were 1 sixth of the blueberries in the green cases. There are lots of equal groups in this picture. Can you spot some more fractions?

Ciara has circled two-fifths of her hatchimals. She has also arranged them in an array! Can you use her picture to answer the question: What is 2/5 of 15?

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02 Apr 2020

Y3D/deB Maths Art

Just before the school closed, we had a trip cancelled due to travel restrictions. Instead, we had a fun day in school which included some activities in the woods and some art.

Y3D/deB did some maths art. Every child in the class made patterns using different sized concentric circles. We intended to cut these into four equal parts to make quarters and then mix up the quarters to make a large piece of art. We did not manage to finish this before the school closed, so Mrs Dutton took all the pieces home and has covered her living room floor in the quarters to arrange into one large picture. They have now been stuck together and it is currently brightening up Mrs Dutton's house. It looks amazing! She will return it to school when it reopens so you can see it but, for now, here is a picture of the finished thing:

The pattern contains the fractions 3/4, 2/4 (equivalent to 1/2) or 1/4 of the circles.

It is also an array of 7 x 16 = 112 pieces.

What fraction of the circles do you think is in one row or column?

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13 Mar 2020

Homework - Bar Charts

This week in Year 3, we have been looking at tables, pictograms and bar charts as ways to organise and present data. For homework this week, look out for a green sheet with some bar charts that have some information missing. We would like you to complete the graphs, then do some research of your own and present it as a bar chart. Perhaps you could ask your family and friends what their favourite ice cream flavour is or what sports they like to play or watch? Remember to limit the choices by giving them a list of options to choose from. Keep it to five choices to make your bar chart manageable.

Please bring your finished bar charts into school by Friday 20th March.

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02 Mar 2020

Money notation and number lines

In our maths lessons, we have been working with money. We have worked on counting money, adding and subtracting shopping bills and working out change.

The Y3 team made a decision this year to write amounts of money as, for example, £3 and 52p instead of £3.52. The reason for this is that the children are not introduced to decimal notation until Year 4 and we have often found that they can be confused when recording money. This is particularly true for amounts such as £1.05 as children have often, mistakenly, written £1.5 instead. This is possibly because they read it as "one pound five". Writing it as £1 and 5p stops this added confusion (it makes them say "one pound and five pence" - a small but important difference), and allows us to concentrate on understanding how to calculate with money.

The children will record money as decimal notation from Year 4 onwards when they understand what it means.

Today, we have worked on using number lines to show how we count on to find change. The children have enjoyed pretending to buy items in our Lydgate shops! One way to practise this skill at home could be to set up a pretend shop, label the prices and then invite the family to 'buy' some things.

Here are a few examples of the 'change' number lines:

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17 Jan 2020

Homework - Units of time

We are continuing to work with Time in Maths lessons. For homework this week, you have a 'quiz' to complete to show what you remember about different units of time. Please return the sheet to school by Friday 24th January.

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