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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 & 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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    14 Nov 2019

    Friday 15th November

    Illustration week brings 'Roman Lydgate Studios'

    Year 4 were very lucky to work with a real life illustrator this week. Janine Dearlove is a local artist who writes books for children. She worked with all of the classes this week and showed us some of her brilliant work.

     She inspired us all to write our very own books based on a Roman theme. She gave us lots of tips and encouraged us to use our imaginations - there were no rules! She knew lots about the Romans and encouraged us to research and use what we knew in our books. We are still busy working on them but here are a few pages from Alex's (Y4JP)book. Isn't it brilliant?

    We are thinking beyond our stories now and talking about using our central characters and putting them into a 3D scene in a shoebox. Watch this space!

    Janine didn't only inspire us to be writers and illustrators, she also taught us a lot about the process of creating characters and writing books. We learnt about storyboarding, intellectual property, unique selling points, longevity, publishing rights and associated products. Thank you Janine - it's been a brilliant week.

    Y4CW Photos of our week with Janine

    School council speeches and votes

    Last Friday, the whole school took part in the school council elections. Speeches were heard in the morning and we all had to vote in real ballot boxes in the afternoon. Y4JP had a difficult job as they had 10 candidates to choose from.

    A huge thank you to everyone who made lots of effort and was brave enough to stand up and make a speech and a huge well done to Alex who was voted as our school council representative for the second year in a row (we were clearly impressed the job he did last year!) and also to Sophie, who will take on the role of vice rep. 

    Results of the Y4CW School Council Elections
    Very well done to all the children that took part and made super presentations and posters.  Out of the ten people that put themselves forward, Hannah was elected to be our class rep closely followed by Lucy who will act as our vice rep.  Well done girls, we are sure you will do an amazing job.

    Y4JP Roman homework

    Mrs Purdom was so impressed with our Roman homework this week. The range of research was incredible: from housing to clothing to entertainment to armies - we even had a presentation about hairstyles! Here are just a few examples.

    Well done to everyone for all your hard work - lots of new learning on show. Here it is on display in our classroom.

    Children in Need 2019

    Thank you to all our children and their families for supporting Children in Need today. We had a great day in school and raised lots of money as well. We will let you know when it's all been counted!

    We all wore spotty or sporty (or both!) clothes and donated £1. We had a whole school assembly where we watched some films about where our money goes to and all the good causes it helps. Then we gathered on the playground for our annual whole school photo. We also swapped promise cards with friends in another class.
    We had cake sales in every year group and we all had a go at the Joe Wickes Workout video too. If you want to have a go at home, you can find it here:

    Great effort everyone - well done! 

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    And finally a swimming reminder....

    Please remember it is Y4CW and Y4JP starting their swimming blocks next week. Our first lesson is Thursday 21st November. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help.

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    07 Nov 2019

    Friday 8th November

    Forest Schools

    Well we certainly didn't let the rain stop us!  Rohan Wilson from Foresteers came and introduced our sessions.  We started by getting ourselves into teams and then building dens.  Everywhere was pretty mucky and slippy but we made some super dens to keep us dry from the rain.  He also showed us how to tie two sticks together with string and then we had mini sword fights.  To warm up, we had toasted marshmallows around the fire and then we had some hot chocolate.  4CW were that muddy from the amazing mud slide that 4JP had created before them, that afterwards they had to be washed down in the big lake that had steadily grown on the bottom yard.  

    Many of us were wet, muddy and cold but we all had a super time and it was a wonderful way to kick start our lessons in the woods.  Hopefully next time we go in it will be slightly better weather.

    And here are Y4JP in action!

    We made dens and snuggled inside them. Some of us relaxed in the hammock.

    Rohan showed us how to chop firewood with a special tool called a billhook, which looked really scary. We all had a go. It was harder than it looked.

    We chopped enough wood to get a fire going and we all toasted marshmallows and dipped them in our hot chocolate. Yum!

    We couldn't believe we were allowed to make a mud slide. It was absolutely brilliant. 

    Here is a picture of us, before we went out (looking very clean) half way through (looking very wet) and at the end (looking very muddy) What a day!

    Apologies to all parents and grandparents for heavy duty washing on Thursday evening but it was well worth it. The children showed an incredible amount of resilience and good humour throughout the day. A great time was  had by all and now you know that when we say we go out in any weather - we really do mean it! 

    You can find out more about Foresteers here:

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    25 Oct 2019

    Friday 25th October

    Fantastic Creatures by 4CW

    In 4CW this week, we have been busy making our clay demon dogs for our whole school art project ' Fantastic Creatures.'  Demon dogs are based around the myth of 'Black Shuck' who was believed to roam around the area of Sussex many centuries ago.  Everybody made their own dog, following certain steps to get there but each one is unique.  There was an awful lot of mess, but an awful lot of fun and we think they are going to look fabulous when they are displayed around the school.  

    Y4JP class assembly

    On Tuesday afternoon, we did our class assembly for our parents and families. We shared some of the things we have been doing so far this year. We sang songs, read some emotion poems, showed some paintings of Romulus and Remus and even demonstrated yoga poses. 

    Everyone remembered their words and sang their hearts out. We were very proud of ourselves and we think our parents were too!

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    18 Oct 2019

    Friday 18th October

    Year 4 visit Tapton Congregational Church

    Today the whole of the Year 4 group went over the road to Tapton Congregational Church.  On arrival, we were welcomed by Reverend Knockles and very soon we set about on a couple of tasks.  Our first one was to make a corn dolly decoration for the Harvest service that is happening on Sunday. We made these out of cheerios and pipe cleaners. We also learnt about the history of the harvest festival and thought about how fortunate we are to have food readily available.  Our second activity was to locate some of the features around the church itself.  Reverend Knockles then explained the use of the different features and gave us lots of interesting information that we are going to use in class in our R.E. lessons.  

    Y4JP do yoga with Collette

    This week it was Y4JP's turn to learn yoga poses with Collette. We really enjoyed ourselves and we have even been practising yoga in our classroom. It helps us to be calm and focus. Harry, Isla and Flo are very good at it  and they are going to lead us in a yoga routine in our class assembly next week. 

    Our class assembly is at 2.30pm on Tuesday 22nd October. We look forward to seeing you there!

    At Parents' Evening, we had lots of questions about recommended reading books for Year 4. The Book Trust have released lists of good reads from 2019 so far. Check them out here:

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    11 Oct 2019

    Friday 11th October

    Y4CW do Yoga

    On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have an hour with a yoga teacher called Colette.  Colette teaches yoga before school on Thursday mornings and also teaches adults locally.  She showed us some wonderful listening and breathing techniques which we are hopefully going to practise back in class.  Some of the balances we had to do were surprisingly difficult and we were, at times, a little bit wobbly.  Each class will have a one hour session with Colette over the next couple of weeks. 

    Writing in Y4JP

    We have worked really hard all week on our information writing about an area of Celtic life. This could have been: armour, jobs, houses, warriors, etc. First of all, we had to take notes on our chosen subject. We looked online and also used the fantastic information books we have in our classroom. 

    Then we used our notes to write an information text. We are going to edit and improve them next week but we are really proud of what we've done so far.

     Stars and swimmers of the week

    A proud week for these superstars - well done to all of you!

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