Year 4 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 three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: 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 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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    27 Mar 2020

    The first week of a new normal

    Hello everyone, we hope you are all staying safe, happy and healthy.

    We have been getting used to doing things differently this week and we are so lucky that we've had some beautiful sunshine to help us along the way! Thanks you to all of you that have been getting in touch through our new year group email. Over the next few weeks, we are going to use our blog to share what we've all been getting up to.

    Those of us in school have spent a lot of time outside - playing badminton, volleyball, swingball, in the woods or on the slide. We've also written poems, done some printing, made boxes from nets, made pizzas and had a karate lesson. Here we are in action.

    There's been some great learning at home this week too. Thank you for sharing your activities with us. It's a lovely way for us to stay connected so keep them coming in.

    Jess made this beautiful art work. She's also tuned into the livestream from Liverpool museum. What a great idea.

    Jasmine did a fabulous job on her 'Keeping Healthy' poster. Good advice for all of us Jess. Well done.

    Isabel treated her family to a forest schools session out in the garden, complete with golden tickets in return for hot chocolate. Good job!

    Hannah has enjoyed playing badminton with her family and wanted to share this beautiful work. Looks like you've been busy Hannah. Well done.

    Alex has been enjoying the online drawing workshops with Pete McKee and Rob Biddulph and also made this painting of an Aztec temple. Great work Alex!

    Oliver has been making the most of the sunshine and making things outdoors.

    He has also painted a rainbow for his window - there are lots of them around our community, which is lovely.

    It's now the Easter holidays so we'll blog again when we return to this new normal in a couple of weeks. Until then, look after each other and stay safe.

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    20 Mar 2020

    A message from the staff

    From all the staff at Lydgate,

    We'll be there for you.

    Stay safe.

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    18 Mar 2020

    Thursday 19th March

    Many of you will be staying at home for a while now so we have put together a guide to home learning for you.  Please bear in mind this is not compulsory but we hope it goes some way to keeping the children engaged and busy for the next week or so. We will be in touch soon with more ideas.

    From the Year 4 teachers


    X tables practice through:


    • Read every day
    • Write a book review
    • Make a word search from your spellings
    • Watch this clip from Literacy Shed and choose one or more activities from the teaching ideas list.

    Please bear in mind that we use this resource widely across school, so use this clip only.  We may send out more links in the future.


    • Have a go at these rainforest games:

    • Draw your favourite rainforest animal and create a fact file about it including: prey/predator, diet  and diet type, classification and habitat


    • Make a poster on how to keep your mind and body healthy
    • Maybe you could offer to help around the house too!

    Have fun! 

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    13 Mar 2020

    Friday 13th March

    Y4CW and 4JP visit Tropical World leeds

    What a day we have had!  We arrived at Tropical World at 10am and went to drop our bags off in the Education Rooms.  First stop was the Tropical World Centre where we saw a wonderful range of animals, many of which are native to the Amazon Rainforest.  We followed the trail through the aquarium, the desert, the rainforest canopy and then the nocturnal area.  We also visited the gift shop!  

    After lunch, we were taken in to the local woods to compare this setting with the rainforest.  Debbie and Daisy, our instructors, showed us how to calculate the age and height of the trees there.  We also had a scavenger hunt to locate different plants and fungi and thought about what we would be looking for if we were in the Amazon Rainforest. 

    We even bumped into our lovely bus driver.  He had never been before so thought he would see what all the fuss was about!

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    06 Mar 2020

    Friday 6th March

    World Book Day in Year 4

    On Thursday, we all had a fantastic day with a range of reading based activities to celebrate World Book Day.  We dressed up as a character from our favourite book, we raced round the school grounds trying to work out clues and unscramble the names of well known books and we also had to work out which staff had chosen certain books as their favourite books when they were young using clues from what they had written.  Many of us also brought in blankets and pillows to help with our cosy reading sessions that also happened throughout the day.  Here are some photos of the day.

    4JP also had a fabulous time on World Book Day. Here we are at the book shop, the book swap and enjoying our new library.

    Miss Jones and Miss Bointon read us 'The Day the Crayons Quit.' 

    We had a big surprise after playtime when we realised our chairs had quit! They were fed up with being bashed about and rocked on so we had to write a letter to say sorry so that we could get them back. 


    As promised from last week, here is a picture of some of our great homework on display.

    4JP shared their homework too this week. We had such a range - powerpoints, leaflets, posters, models.......

    ........we even had a clay leopard! Impressive work.

    4JP enjoyed some time in the woods this week for our first forest schools session of the term. We played a game of 'Would you rather?' We had hot chocolate and biscuits (of course!) However, most of our time was spent creating masterpieces out of natural materials. We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and used his art as inspiration for our own work. We think we did a good job.

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