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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18 Dec 2015

1940s poetry

In Year 3, we have looked at the book 'Peepo!' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The book was inspired by growing up in the 1940s. We used the beautiful illustrations as inspiration for writing poems based on the senses. We used lots of adjectives and adverbs in our descriptions.

We then presented our poems on tea-stained paper to make them look old. We are very proud of the finished results.

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20 Nov 2015

Recounts of the 1940 Sheffield Blitz

Y3 have been finding out about the blitz in Sheffield on 12th December 1940. We did some drama where we made all the tables into shelters using blankets. We kept some blankets to wrap round ourselves too as it would have been cold in the shelter at night! We imagined we were there when the air raid siren went off and listened to the sounds of the blitz. We calmly made our way to our shelters and imagined what it might have felt like.

When we came out of the shelters, we wrote recounts of the night of the blitz. Here are some extracts from some of our fantastic writing:


Last Wednesday, I was hurrying home from school because it was raining when I heard the ear-exploding sound of the air raid siren. It was so terrifying that I could have done nothing but listen. I was not very far from home but I could already hear the crackling sound of fire in the distance. I hurried back but when I got there my house was in flames!I needed to find shelter quick. I sprinted round to my best friend's house and they kindly gave me shelter.


When we settled down a bit, we tried playing Beetles but we could not even see the dice. It was so dark! We smelled dirty smoke from roaring fires. I found a small hole in the corner and I looked out. I could see bombs dropping everywhere.I was really terrified and nervous especially when I heard the big loud bangs and fizzes. Bombs and fires were heard everywhere.


We rushed home to our house and tiptoed into the Anderson shelter. Luckily, I had a torch and some blankets and my family brought a bucket and 20 pieces of paper and a pencil so we managed to do something in the dark shelter. The shelter was damp and cold but I was fine.


When I got to the Anderson shelter, I saw that it had gone and so had my house! I was so sad. A short while later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was my mum. She whispered, "Come on, we're off to the public shelter." So I started running again, faster and faster. I could taste the smoky air flowing that was through my nostrils. All around me I could see big flames of hot fire, red, orange, yellow and all sorts of different colours.


Luckily, my mum let Tom into our strong, well built shelter. We hurried in. I nearly fell down the steps. It was pitch black but luckily my mum had taken a lantern the was really bright. This meant we could see all the spider webs and we could play our snakes and ladders game. My family hoped that our house hadn't been destroyed. I could smell smoke. It was damp and cold. We tried to comfort Tom by singing Christmas songs.


After that everyone smelt terrible things like a dust and fire. We felt the warmth of other people who were in the shelter. We heard lots of sizzling of red and orange fire. It was very scary in the shelter. The crackling of the bombs landing and exploding really creeped me out.


When I was in the shelter, I was nervous and terrified. We played snakes and ladders and hoped that our house was alright. Buildings burst into flames of orange and red colours. We could hear bombs whistling down through the air exploding everywhere.


It was extremely cold. Me and Jake played a game of catch but it was very hard because it was a tight squeeze. We heard lots of loud bangs and crashes. It was like bonfire night but much louder. IT WAS HORRIBLE! We tried to get to sleep but the bangs and crashes were too loud so we couldn't. I could feel the damp cold floor and the walls were shaking like a big hairy giant was on the roof. I smelt lots of smoke from the fires. It was horrible and I didn't like it at all.


Luckily, the all clear siren rang. I crawled out of my shelter. Loads of homes were destroyed. We helped dig out the people in Morrison shelters.


Soon after, we came out to see a disgusting sight. I couldn't believe my eyes. Luckily our house was still standing but when I looked more closely I could see we had no roof and no windows. I looked down to Sheffield City Centre to discover that it wasn't there! All I could see was red, yellow and orange flames dancing around as if they were taunting me!

I will never forget the Sheffield Blitz and I think nobody else will. We were very lucky but others were not!

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28 Jun 2015

Trip to Kelham Island Museum

Last week we visited Kelham Island for the day to get a taste of what life would have been like for a child during World War 2. Throughout the day the children took part in different activities including examining the items in an evacuee's suitcase, identifying enemy aircraft, taking refuge in an Anderson shelter and looking at the life of a munitions worker. It was a very worthwhile visit and hopefully gave the children an insight into life during that period.

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12 Jun 2015

The Sheffield Blitz

We have been learning about what it would have been like living in Sheffield in 1940.

This week, we found out about the Sheffield Blitz that began on 12th December 1940. We learnt about people protecting themselves in Anderson shelters and we did some drama where we made the class really dark and hid under the tables when we heard the air raid siren.

After this, we wrote recounts about the blitz. Here is some of our fantastic writing:

By Lily

By Jack

By Imogen

By Finley

By Ria

By Sophie

By Matt

By Zack

By Grace

By Omar

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