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.
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.
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
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....
This week, we have been busy writing our own adventure stories based on our story boxes. We have really enjoyed telling our stories to each other. The boxes look amazing and we are looking forward to reading the exciting adventures when they have been written.
This half term, we have been enjoying reading 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe' by Kathleen Fidler. It is a story set in the Stone Age about the people who lived in Skara Brae. After reading a few chapters, we realised that each one is a whole adventure with a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and ending. We decided to write an extra chapter of our own that uses the same setting and characters and could fit into the book.
Here are some extracts from our fantastic writing:
One day, Tenko, Kali and Brockan woke up and saw a mystical feather fall from the sky. It caught Tenko's eye with a sparkle. "Where did this come from?" Kali wondered. Suddenly, a bright sparkly figure glided down and landed on Tenko's shoulder. Tenko was petrified! "What is this?" he asked. "I don't know," Kali said. "I've got an idea. This creature can help us hunt if it stays," Brockan said.
Finally the footprints stopped in a cave. They heard a growl coming from around the corner. They followed the sound and right in front of them stood the biggest, most scary bear they had ever seen. They were terrified that it would eat them because it sure did look like it would. It could probably eat them in one bite! Tenko forgot to bring his bow and arrows so they had nothing to defend themselves. The bear kept coming closer and closer.
They tiptoed into the dark and gloomy cave. They felt scared and felt shivers go up their spines. Brockan whispered to Tenko that he saw the missing arrow. They tiptoed quietly up and accidentally touched a furry creature. It was huge with red eyes and a big mouth. They grabbed the arrow and ran but the creature jumped on to Brockan.
When it was deep enough water, they jumped carefully into the wooden boat. Tenko jumped in first, then Kali, then Brockan. Tenko strongly rode Kali and Brockan a little further out because they weren't quite far enough out yet. Kali passed Tenko and Brockan each a sharp fishing spear. Tenko saw a small kipper and, with great aim, brought it down. It struck the kipper straight in the eye. He tugged it right out of the dark ocean. Just then, Kali saw a massive animal swerving around under the water.
For World Book day in Year 3, we concentrated on books by Anthony Browne.
We started by reading a selection of his books. We particularly enjoyed 'Willy's Stories' as each page has a question to think about.
After that, we read 'The Tunnel' and thought about how it follows a 'story mountain'. We thought about the world that the children found themselves in at the other end of the tunnel. We built tunnels in our classrooms and went through them into our own imaginary worlds. We drew pictures of what our worlds looked like and planned our own stories.
The next day, we all enjoyed writing our own stories inspired by our reading.
This week in Y3, we have been telling stories using the iPads.
We have been reading 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe' by Kathleen Fidler. After reading an exciting chapter called 'The Day of the Eagle', we painted pictures in the style of Stone Age cave paintings to retell the main things that happened in the story.
After that, we took photographs of the paintings and used the iPads to record our voices retelling the story. We enjoyed trying to put lots of detail and expression into our presentations. We are very pleased with the results!
On Tuesday, it was Roald Dahl day in school. In Year 3, we have been enjoying reading The BFG so our day was all about giants!
We started the day with a walk in our woods to look for clues to see if there is a giant hiding in there. We found some giant footprints and broken branches from trees!
We measured the length of the footprints and decided to try to find out how tall the giant is. We learned that a person's height is about six times the length of their foot, so we tested this out by measuring ourselves.
We estimated that our giant is about 4 metres tall! Some children measured this on the playground and drew life-sized giants with chalk.
Next, we had a think about what our giant might be like, using the descriptions of the giants in the BFG. Each class wrote a rap about their giant and performed it using percussion instruments.
In the afternoon, we painted giant pictures of what our giant might look like. We think they look great!
The following day, we wrote instructions on 'How to Trap a Giant' to practise using the imperative verbs we have been learning about.