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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08 May 2019

Reduce plastics campaign

This half term in Y3 we have been learning about what it means to launch a campaign. As you may be aware, this year we have chosen as a school to campaign to try and reduce the use of single use plastics in our homes, school and the local area.

We have been discussing the issues related to plastic pollution in our RRS lessons, and the teachers have been really impressed with how passionate the children have been about this cause! They have been really keen to raise awareness of these issues, and have been discussing it and doing their own research both in and out of school. Josh and Edwin in Y3EC even made up a short drama performance at playtime about what happens to plastic bottles when they are thrown away!

This week we have been planning letters, which we are going to write to local shops, telling them about our campaign and suggesting ways which they might want to help. We had some great ideas, such as asking whether shops could use paper bags instead of plastic, or asking whether they could try and recycle as much plastic as they can. Apparently some of our local shops are already trying to reduce plastic use. For example, Betty said that Nest use paper straws for their drinks, and Olivia told us that in Bamforths Fruit and Veg shop they sell fresh orange juice, but you have to bring your own bottle. We suggested that we could say well done in our letters for what these shops are already doing!

We are looking forward to writing our letters and sending them out next week, and to taking part in the march to raise awareness on Thursday 23rd May! 
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03 May 2019

Homework - plastic use

The homework this week is linked to our whole school work on reducing the use of single use plastic. A letter was sent home this week. Here is the task that was set:

As part of our work as Rights Respecting School, each year we launch a campaign to raise awareness about one particular issue. In 2017 we campaigned to make the crossing on Manchester Road safer and in 2018 we took part in the ‘Make Schools Safe’ campaign. This year, our campaign aims to reduce the use of single use plastic in our school, our homes, our local community and in our city. We are aiming to become a Plastic Clever School.

We will be learning about this issue in our RRS lessons but we also need to take action so that our campaign leads to not only increased awareness of the issue but a change in the way we use (or preferably don’t use) plastics.  The children will be writing letters to a wide variety of people asking for their support and urging them to consider their own use of plastics.

We would like you to collect the plastic you use as a family over the course of ONE WEEK and take a photograph of it. Then either send in a paper copy of the photo or send a copy to our school e mail address - We will then collate all our photos into a giant collage displayed in school. All photos to be sent by Friday May 17th. Please then recycle your plastics where possible!

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30 Jan 2016

Languages and Cultures Day

On Wednesday, we held a 'Languages and Cultures Day' when some of our bilingual children (and their parents) taught us some different languages and talked about the countries that their families are from.

We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot (including the teachers!). Here is a summary of what we did:

In Y3D/D, Natasha and her mum talked to us about Ukraine. We learned that the flag is blue at the top (to represent the sky) and yellow at the bottom (to represent fields of wheat). We then learnt how to say some words in Russian and how to write our names in Russian. After that, Maya and her mum taught us about Japan and how to say some words in Japanese. We learned how to write our names in Japanese and made bookmarks. Maya's mum dressed Maya in a kimono and we found out how complicated it is to put on! We finished the morning by trying some orange drop cookies (a Russian recipe) which had been made by Harry, Laurie and Poppy. In the afternoon, we made Russian dolls out of paper and learned some simple origami.

In Y3R/W, Jai-Hui and Amelia's Mums taught us greetings in Chinese and we learned about how some of the Chinese characters developed from pictures. They taught us a song about making a cup of tea for mum after her hard day. We learned about Malaysia (were Jai-Hui's family are from) and China (where Amelia's family are from) and acted out TV travel shows to China. In the afternoon, Anna and her mum talked about Bulgaria and taught us some words in Bulgarian, then we played bingo! Some children in our class made Bulgarian cheese snacks for us all to try.

Y3CW and Y3CT worked together for the day and we were visited by Maria's mum (Russia), Younes' mum (Palestine) and Pranavi's mum (India). We learned about traditional dress, learnt our numbers by singing an Indian song and spelt our names in Arabic. We learned that Maria's mum is from the coldest habitable place in the World (as cold as -76) and that the part of Russia she is from is famous for enormous diamond mines. At the end of the morning, we all enjoyed trying Russian orange biscuits that had been made by some of the children in our classes. In the afternoon, we learned about Russian dolls and made our own sets of them out of paper.

Thank you so much to all the people who volunteered to come into school to make it an interesting and exciting day for us.

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03 Nov 2015

Class Charters

All of the classes in Year 3 have now agreed on their Class Charter and designed how they want to display this in their class.

The children started by deciding which rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are most important to them in school and thought about how they can help to respect each others rights. They discussed the roles and responsibilities of the children and the adults in school to ensure that all children have these rights and wrote this as a class charter.

Next, the children designed how they would like to display their Class Charter and decided which one to use by voting.

Y3D/D decided to put their rights and responsibilities into large bubbles being blown by someone. They all signed their names in smaller bubbles.

Y3CT decided that they would like a Minions disco theme and made a picture of themselves as a Minion.

Y3CW chose a skydiving theme and made pictures of themselves as skydivers.

Y3R/W decided to make personalised designs out of their names to sign their charter.

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