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 four Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Dale, 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 Parker (5AP), 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 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Phillips returns from maternity leave in Y6CP), Mrs Loosley (Y6NL) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6CP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6NL).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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06 Sep 2019

First week in Year 3

Welcome to the first blog of the new school year. The children have settled in really well and have been very busy already!

This week, we have made self-portraits, written about our favourite books, written a letter to our teachers, made up our own number systems and thought about place value, played some 'getting to know you games', designed a 'star' for the star of the week display, read the first half of 'Flat Stanley', shared our window pictures from the holiday homework, as well as learning our way around and the new timetable.

We look forward to sharing lots of the work we do on this blog every week.

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24 Sep 2018

Using 'powerful' verbs

In our literacy lesson today, we experimented with changing the verb in a sentence to a more 'powerful' one that gives the reader a clue about the mood of the character. The children started with a short passage about a head teacher visiting the classroom. They thought about how he might be feeling and changed the verbs to change the mood of the passage. The teachers were very impressed with the great vocabulary used. Here are some examples where the verbs have been changed. Can you tell how the head teacher was feeling in each one?

The head teacher stormed into the classroom. He glared around the room. "What's going on here?" he demanded. (Sepand)

The head teacher cartwheeled into the classroom. He floated around the room. "What's going on here?" he sang. (Molly)

The head teacher ran into the classroom. He glared around the room. "What's going on here?" he grumbled. (Oliver)

The head teacher stomped into the classroom. He scanned the room. "What's going on here?" he screamed. (Oscar)

The head teacher skipped into the classroom. He peeked into the room. "What's going on here?" he laughed. (Sophia)

The head teacher tumbled into the classroom. He glanced around the room. "What's going on here?" he cheered. (Holly)

The head teacher ran into the classroom. He tiptoed around the room. "What's going on here?" he whispered. (Ninaad)

The head teacher jumped into the classroom. He glanced around the room. "What's going on here?" he shouted. (Isabel)

The head teacher strolled into the classroom. He smiled around the room. "What's going on here?" he laughed. (Natalie)

The head teacher sneaked into the classroom. He squinted around the room. "What's going on here?" he whispered. (George)

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17 Apr 2018

Poetry writing

We have been reading and listening to lots of poems in Year 3. This week, we read a poem called 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright (see We thought about what items we would put in the magic box and used expanded noun phrases to make up our own descriptive poems. We also tried to include some alliteration because we think that makes the poem sound good.

Y3D/deB have put together a class poem with each line written by a different person. We hope you enjoy reading it.

We will put in the box...

Some golden Pokémon cards that shine brightly in the sun,

A bronze dragon found in an enchanted forest,

A diamond chicken who lays diamond eggs,

A tooth from the last dinosaur that roamed the Earth,

A flumpy frog with funny freckles,

The shine of the largest diamond from Dracula's heart,

The soft and silky feel of stroking my cat,

A leaping leopard and a beautiful bird,

Different cool rollercoasters in all shapes and sizes,

A solid bronze key that opens a tiny, hidden, secret door,

A happy, humpy, hippo dancing in Antarctica,

Delicate diamonds from a dark, underground cave,

A 2x4 Lego brick which is red,

Jiggly June jumping to July,

The invisible source of the light sun.

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27 Oct 2017

BFG Dream Jars

We are continuing to enjoy reading The BFG in Year 3 and this week, we have read about the dreams that he catches and keeps in jars. We have practised our writing skills by writing some dreams of our own and then we presented them onto outlines of jars. Have a look at the examples below. Look out for these key skills that we have been working on:

  • - Neat, joined-up handwriting
  • - Clear sentences with full stops, question marks or exclamation marks
  • - Adjectives and adverbs to add detail
  • - 'Powerful' verbs - using the best verbs we can
  • - Using the senses to describe a setting
  • - We tried to write these in the present tense.
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09 Oct 2017

Giant instructions!

This week, we have been working on writing instructions using imperative verbs.

We imagined that a giant had come to live in the school woods and read some instructions on 'How to Trap a Giant'. We decided that we needed to know how to look after our giant so we wrote sets of instructions for how to brush his teeth, how to make his clothes, how to feed him, and so on.

Have a read of some of our great writing below:

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