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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 & 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.

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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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    03 Jul 2020

    A really creative week

    Our Year 4s have impressed us all year with their creativity and this week has been no exception! Once again, we have some super work to share with you.

    This week, the children have turned detective, trying to work out who was responsible for the sinking of the Titanic. They have discovered the willow pattern story and written some poetry. They have done a rainbow colour hunt outside. They have even made huge junk models of the digestive system. What a fun and varied week of learning.

    The children in school sewed their own face masks. They look very professional!

    Raya wanted to share all this lovely writing about 'Henry's Freedom Box'. 

    She has also enjoyed our science experiments, growing things in the garden and observing this very cute squirrel!

    We are absolutely convinced she is going to be a nurse one day. Look at this fantastic diagram of the digestive system, using things she found around the house. Great learning.

    Here's another example of a junk model digestive system. Ellie has written fun facts as labels. What a clever idea.

    Isabel made her digestive system using ACTUAL food. Inspired!

    Here's someone else who decided to use food to make a digestive system - he made bread. Fun and tasty!

    Ethan has been enlisting the help of his Auntie Rosie. She's a doctor at Manchester Children's Hospital and has been giving him virtual lessons on digestion. His granny has been helping him with his maths online too. A real family affair!

    Here's another 3D digestive system - actual life size! Such an inventive use of junk materials. 

    The paper plate shows the willow pattern story. We have looked at, read and listened to a few versions of the story. We then had a go at writing our own. We also designed plates, either depicting the story or another well-known tale. Here's another design.

    Here'a another plate. Harry used coloured pencils to make this delicate design after he'd written an imaginative story about a Chinese dragon. Great work Harry.

    This clever girl made her willow pattern plate from a traditional tale but which one? It looks like the little girl is enjoying that porridge!

    Jacob enjoyed writing his story and then made this plate design. He's done a traditional tale too. Can you spot which one? There's a bit of huffing and puffing going on!

    Jacob has also rediscovered TTRockstars this week (your teacher is pleased to hear this Jacob) and he has worked on a poster to show how you can be kind to yourself. Some very important top tips on here Jacob. 

    Finlay has finally finished his Spring diary, with a difference - it's a film! He has cleverly created this timelapse clip to show the changes he observed over a few weeks. Absolutely beautiful work.


    Here's a boy who is happy with his work. He's worked so hard over the last few weeks - here is just a tiny bit of what he's been doing. He's very proud to have mastered tricky spellings and has practised his maths skills. He has also read three Roald Dahl books. Look at that smile!

    Alex decided to take inspiration from his brother's Y3 home learning this week. He was inspired to write a Greek myth about a 3-headed, 3-tailed monster and he's done a brilliant job. Here it is.

    This super sleuth enjoyed playing detective on board the Titanic. He also found some willow pattern china at home and found time to do this intricate pebble design. Well done.

    We have more budding artists who want to share their work. Charlie has made these gorgeous clay animals. He is in school every day but he found time to make these at home. Great work Charlie. 

    Ninaad was keen to show us all his cartoon drawing skills with this picture. Very impressive Ninaad.

    And finally, huge congratulations to Isla. You may remember this painting she made for the Broomhill Festival art competition.

    Well, she only went and won! Along with her £10 voucher prize, her painting will be displayed in the window of Broomhill library so look out for it if you pass. Well done Isla - we are very proud.

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    26 Jun 2020

    Super learning, sport and sundials

    Hello again everyone. Our blog this week showcases more fantastic learning from our Year 4s. 

    As well as keeping up with maths and English, we have also taken full advantage of the weather and taken part in a virtual sports day, made some shadow art and even been human sundials! 

    As always, there are many other things you would like to share with us -  this is the perfect place to do it so take a look at what we've been up to.

    RD bubble escaped the heat today by going into the woods to do some sketching. They found some lovely shady spots to do their work.

    Ellie worked hard on this diary entry inspired by 'A Cloudy Lesson.' Mrs Purdom thinks it is beautifully written.

    Ellie isn't the only person to enjoy writing. Back in April, Maisy entered a story writing competition about cats and dogs. She is now a professional author because her story has been published in a book!

    Sotirios has been working on this story called 'Galaxy Wars' for quite a while. IT's finally finished and Mrs Wymer is very impressed. Be warned - it's not for the faint-hearted!

    Harry has worked on a comic strip activity from BBC Bitesize. We like the fact the giant boot is a blender - very clever Harry. Mrs Drury loves this.

    He also had fun with the sundial activity. He noticed how the sun moves through the day and the effect this has on his shadow. By 8.00pm, his shadow was over 16 feet long!

    Here's another human sundial. Look how clear that shadow is.

    It was great weather to take part in our virtual sports day too, if a little hot. Hope you remembered your suncream and water bottle.

    We know he loves his science, here he is working inside on an experiment that shows how the digestive system works. Messy but lots of fun!

    Alex did the experiment and wrote a report to show what happened. He said it is officially the most disgusting experiment in the world! What do you think?

    Ninaad has been looking at digestion times. He used excel to record his results. Mrs Smith is really pleased to see this Ninaad. Great work.

    Isabel took some time off learning last weekend to celebrate her birthday. It looks like she had lots of socially distanced fun and even those butterflies made an appearance. 

    She has made this stunning model of the Titanic this week. It's almost as big as her! Great work.

    Molly has been learning about the Titanic too. She made these tickets to show the difference between the classes on board. 

    She also wanted to share her Florence Nightingale acrostic poem from a few weeks ago. Very impressive Molly.

    Molly has also been very busy creating a book called Rabbitropolis, all about an underground city. This is the front cover design. We're looking forward to reading it Molly - it sounds very intriguing.

    She has even found time to apply for a Blue Peter green badge, which are awarded for letters and pictures about the environment and conservation. Here is her letter. Fabulous effort Molly.

    George has been busy again. Look at all this work! If you look closely amid the maths, English and history, you'll see some work about Bear Grylls. George is inspired by his bravery.

    Holly thought we would be interested in these owl pellets she found and dissected. You can clearly see the hair of the animal the owl ate and then the little bones all spread out. Holly loves birds of prey and is looking forward to going to Wales to spot red kites.

    And finally, we saw photos of Josh doing piano practice last week, well now we can hear him! He has been working hard to perfect this piece. We think he's done an amazing job. Just brilliant.

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    19 Jun 2020

    More learning from home and school...

    Life in Year 4 has, once again, been very busy and the week seems to have flown by.

    Whether we are working at home or at school, we have been practising decimals, continuing our work on the digestive system and doing more research about the Titanic. We have also done some work about the slave trade and looked at films and newspaper articles discussing the Black Lives Matter movement. We think we have done some really important learning this week. 

    We listened to this book called 'Henry's Freedom Box' by Ellen Levine. It tells the story of a slave boy, his life and how he gained freedom.

    HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX | Houston Museum District

    We learnt about the background to the story and how slavery was an issue in Britain as well as the USA. We found out about people who were child slaves, like Ignatius Sancho, who later became a butler and then a composer and famous letter writer. We also found out about a woman called Harriet Martineau who worked hard to end slavery. We mapped the key events of the book and we wrote letters, imagining we were Henry writing to a friend.

    Can you spot Jacob's letter here? He's done a good job of retelling the story.

    You'll see Jacob has also been recording digestion times - he used excel to make this barchart - very clever. And look at that model of the Titanic! Super work Jacob.

    The children in SS bubble have been making Titanic models too.Here they are in action.

    CW bubble decided to make watercolour paintings of the titanic this week. They've done a great job. Can you see some of the paintings only have 3 funnels working? That's because only 3 carried smoke from the furnaces. The fourth funnel was just for decoration!

    And here we have another extra long Titanic timeline! There are so many facts written on here - it must have taken ages. Brilliant work.

    George has enjoyed plotting the journey the Titanic made. He has used coordinates to pinpoint some of the key places on its voyage. Fantastic geography George.

    George has also been busy with maths and science. Here is some of his work. You're doing great George!

    Allen has been enjoying maths this week too. He really got into the magic matrix investigation. He was inspired to make up a special matrix which, when you add up each row, gives you the same answer. He wonders if you know the secret?

    Allen is proving to be a good chef too. Who remembers his tasty looking symmetrical pizza? This week, he has made these dumplings which look scrumptious. When can we pop round for tea Allen?

    Allen isn't the only one who has been busy in the kitchen. Check out this marathon baking session! Incredible. Will those boys really eat it all?

    All this food will need digesting and we know all about that after this week. Lots of us have researched digestion times and made bar charts using the information we have found. Minnie made this chart with her daddy. She's very proud of it. Quite right too.

    Here's Ethan's chart. Spot on with that chicken prediction!

    Ellie drew her graph by hand. A couple of her predictions were spot on too. She's also plotted the key events from the Henry story and found time to paint these gorgeous Russian dolls. What a busy girl.

    This young lady loves her science too. She's been dissecting this week! She's also been busy observing her caterpillars. She has watched them turn into chrysalides and, finally, emerge into beautiful butterflies. How wonderful.

    Because we have been looking at the news and discussing protests this week, some of us were inspired to find out about key figures who were influential to the black civil rights movement. Alex made this fact card about Rosa Parks. 

    Isla chose Ruby Bridges because she knows a song about her. Ruby was one of the first African American children to attend a white school and, when she was older, she became a civil rights activist. Great research Isla.

    Isla has also been busy writing this story. She was inspired by a picture of a crow and a key that she found on Pobble. Take a look:  It's a great website and this is a great story Isla. Well done.

    She has also found the the time to get creative. Take a look at this picture she has made for the Broomhill Festival art competition. Good luck! The horse sculpture was made with things she found in her garden. Ingenious.

    SS bubble spent some time making things outdoors today too. We went into the woods and made assault courses for squirrels! We looked at this funny clip first called Squirrel Mission Impossible:
    We then tried to make our own assault courses. We had to be very creative as we could only use things we found in the woods and a bit of string.

    Next week, we are going to be supporting two teacher cyclists, from the sports partnership, who are going to be riding past our school. They are aiming to ride 169 miles, raising money for our local hospitals. We've been busy making banners to wave at them on Tuesday when they go past. We are sure our cheers will make them pedal faster!

    And finally, congratulations to this young lady who has been spending her time wisely and doing some dance mat typing. Here she is proudly showing off her certificate. Good work!

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    12 Jun 2020

    A wet and wonderful week of learning

    Hello Year 4s. What a week it has been! School has looked and felt quite different this week as we have been working in our new little groups, called bubbles. We've had lots to remember - washing our hands, keeping our distance, staying in our seats, playing in the same spot on the playground, wiping keyboards and equipment and only having 4 people in the cloakroom. We quickly got used to the new routines and have enjoyed making new friends. We've all been doing the same learning this week, at home and at school, although the children at home haven't had wet playtimes!

    Not everyone has sent in work to show but we know you are doing wonderful things at home because you told us when we spoke to you on the phone (the highlight of your teachers' weeks!) Your effort with your learning has astounded us - it just gets better and better. Take a look.

    Ruby really enjoyed working on her alien booklet. her mum says she found it hilarious!

    She has also worked hard on a comprehension about the Titanic and completed  some new learning about the digestive system. Well done Ruby.

    We know this lad likes his science. He also labelled the digestive system but decided to make his diagram life-sized! 

    Mrs Wymer really liked this idea so the children in CW bubble did this too. Here they are in action. You can see they also did a scavenger hunt in the woods. They didn't mind getting a bit soggy.

    Jacob made this informative timeline about the Titanic, noting all the important dates on the ship's journey. Good work Jacob.

    The Titanic has featured in lots of our learning this week. The children in SS bubble have started to make illustrated timelines, just like Jacob's. This clever girl did hers at home. It was so long, she had to send Mrs Purdom a video clip so she could see it properly! She also learnt all about the class divide on board the ship and made this table to show the differences. Brilliant work.

    Alex made his Titanic timeline while sitting in a homemade den constructed of cushions, a blanket and his duvet. Sounds like a cosy place to work!

    He also enjoyed making this leaflet all about his imaginary planet, Zargon 10. Great writing Alex.

    Ellie wrote this advert for her planet. Beautifully presented, as always Ellie. Well done.

    The highlight of Ellie's week was finding out about some of the passengers on board the Titanic. She researched every person in this collage and was so inspired, she has downloaded two books about the story onto her Kindle. She told her mum it didn't feel like schoolwork!

    Isla researched people on board the Titanic too. She made these fascinating picollages showing what life was like on board for first, second and third class passengers. Can you spot the differences?

    Olivia was interested in the class system too. She made this chart to show how life on board was different depending on who you were. So much information here Olivia - well done.

    Olivia also enjoyed our music learning, set by Mrs Ridsdale. She has created this wonderful soundscape which really makes you feel as if you're by the sea. Have a listen with your eyes closed....

    Allen has labelled the digestive system and he is also continuing to work on his writing. Keep up the good work Allen.

    Josh has worked really hard on his handwriting while he's been learning at home. Can you spot the gold stars?

    This busy boy has done all sorts of great things with his brother over the last couple of weeks. He enjoyed the playing the money maths game, even though he lost. He was super fast at making and racing his hovercraft though.

    They did the book scavenger hunt, which turned into quite a workout as their mum made them fetch the books one by one! They also made this brilliant snakes and ladders board, looking for evil places to put the snakes. 

    We know he can cook (remember the lasagne?) and this mac n cheese looks delicious! He's been growing things too and is hoping for a bumper crop of cucumbers. Great stuff boys.

    Here are two more brothers who are enjoying their home learning together. Here they are doing a Joe Wickes workout, followed by some square breathing relaxation. What a good idea.

    And here they are with their new puppy. You've seen her before - remember those lockdown puppies from our blog a few weeks ago? Well, these lucky boys are the proud owners of one of them. Meet Jazzy! You have lots of fun times ahead boys.

    Amid the excitement of a new puppy, there is always time for piano practice. We believe you are getting rather good? Keep going!

    It's so important to be positive, especially in these strange times. Isla has been thinking about the statements I am, I have, I can. She says she feels very lucky. Thank you for sharing these positive thoughts Isla.

    Here's another fantastic positive - this sporty girl has just completed an amazing 50 miles on her bike. She completed the challenge in May and was awarded this certificate and medal. What an achievement. Well done!

    We've seen this young lady and her brother being creative before but this is going to take some beating - here is their Grandad Dave, as a scarecrow! This is their entry for the Crosspool scarecrow competition - you may have noticed some key workers popping up in gardens recently. Their grandad has been driving his bus throughout the pandemic and they wanted to say thank you to him. Thank you Grandad Dave from all of us too.

    And finally, Thank you to all of those who have sent photographs of their fabric square for our piano cover project. Mrs Smith will send details of what to do with them shortly. In the meantime, here are a few contributions from year 4. 

    It's not too late if you would still like to make one - it might be a nice wet weekend activity! Send photos to our year group email by Monday 15th please.

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    04 Jun 2020

    Summer 2 begins!

    Welcome back to our first week of the final term of the year and what a good week it has been.

    The children at school have been busy, working in their new social 'bubbles'. They have enjoyed working on fractions; reading and writing stories about Ananse the spider; learning how to draw zentangles; Bollywood dancing and listening to the story of the Titanic.

    Here is some of their maths work, using bar models to add fractions together.

    Take a look at these storyboards telling the story of Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom.

    Jumping Dice is a game where you have to do a different jump depending on what number you roll. Some were really tricky, like tuck jumps and full turns. Look at these action shots!

    ZEN means calm and TANGLE means doodle so ZENTANGLE must mean calm doodling. We put on some calming music and had a go at zentangle. It was very relaxing.....

    We are all going to be listening to Kaspar, Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the story of an adventurous cat who ends up on board the Titanic. We are looking forward to finding out what happens.

    We have spoken to lots of our children at home on the telephone this week and we really enjoyed catching up with everyone's news. You are a busy lot! 

    Ellie has been finding out all about the Titanic and has made this information poster showing all the facts she could remember. Great drawing too Ellie.

    Maisy has made this presentation all about the Titanic. Good work.

    Remember our clever seamstress? Well, she's had her sewing machine out again and made this gorgeous skirt. We think we might see her on 'The Great British Sewing Bee' one day!

    Josh has been doing some work with his brother on rivers. He has learnt how they are formed and has made these fun water safety symbols. We love these Josh.

    This positive girl has been learning about the Dalai Lama and has made her own jar of happiness that she is looking forward to filling with happy thoughts. What a lovely idea.

    She's not the only one to find out about the Dalai Lama. This busy lad has been following his posts on social media. He's also worked hard on conjunctions and a colour-coded food diary. What a varied week!

    Ethan enjoyed the working on the Anansi story. Here is his storyboard plan and finished piece. Well done Ethan.

    Sophia has done an online course which means she is now a 'Lockdown Superhero'. This is her certificate.

    She has also worked hard on her writing. Here is her work on Florence Nightingale and a lovely piece of writing about the four seasons. Keep up the good work Sophia.

    Alex has been busy making a mini-den with his dad. He says it is actually a home that is meant for sparrows but could be inhabited by any garden bird around Britain. He wrote this report to tell us how he made it. Fabulous job Alex!

    Ruby loved working on the illustrations for 'Snowala the Koala' written by our author friend Janine. She was the first to finish Janine's new challenge: to create pictures for a story called 'Dazzling Dentures.' It's a funny rhyme about looking after your teeth. We think Ruby's illustrations are perfect for the story.

    Olivia has been very creative too. She took up the book cover challenge over the holiday and came up with this clever image. Mrs Purdom is very impressed with this. Absolutely beautiful!

    Here's another couple of inventive ideas. These pretty flowers were made using cotton buds. The other picture is of a beach made from collage materials and food colouring. So clever!

    And she is famous this week too. The Yorkshire Post did a feature on the Botanical Gardens. Can you spot her in the flower bed? Maybe that's where the inspiration for her flower painting came from!

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