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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 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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    22 May 2020

    Another week flies by

    Well, here we are, at the end of half term. How time flies! It's been another busy week at home and school. Take a look and see what we have all been up to.

    The children in school have had a real treat this week and been in the woods with Rohan, our friend from the Foresteers. They enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities, socially distanced of course! Maths work was all about fractions. They even did some of that outside with Mrs Dutton's clever fraction orienteering trail. English work included writing troll stories and doing a picture quiz from First News. Lego coding, friendship bracelets and rounders were also in the mix too. A rich and varied week all round.

    Those of you at home have also been busy, working on lots of different projects. It's lovely to see such enthusiasm for our home learning and all the other things you have been spending your time on too. We have lots of budding gardeners and bakers!

    George has sent in lots of work this week. He's been really busy. He's been working hard on fractions.

    He's written a story and done a book scavenger hunt.

    He's honed his map skills.

    And he's made this beautiful photographic rainbow. Good work George!

    Hollie has been super busy too. She's been enjoying David Walliams and Enid Blyton books; she's worked on times tables and spellings; and she is especially proud of her Florence Nightingale poem because it rhymes.

    These are the results of her science experiment with salt and ice.

    She has shown she knows lots about continents and rivers - more than her mum apparently!

    She's even found time to fit in creative projects. Here is her illuminated letter, her brilliant Grinch loo roll and her 'work in progress' milk carton penguin. Great work Hollie!

    We know Diane is creative too. Here are some examples which show off her superb drawing skills. She's drawn a llama, a lion, a crocodile and a three-headed dragon.

    Charlie has made the most amazing abstract alphabet. He must have been collecting the photographs for ages! Can you spot what he has used to create the letters? Some really ingenious ideas here Charlie. Well done.

    This lad has been busy with science again. This time, he's been investigating melting ice caps. He says it was a perfect experiment for this hot weather!

    Someone else has been enjoying science too. Here she is exploring electronics - making her own circuits connected to bulbs, fans, flying discs and music. She's also made these gorgeous wind chimes. 

    Harry made this illuminated letter and then cleverly used it to start this very spooky story. It made Mrs Drury shudder!

    Allen has been enjoying his writing too. Here is his Narrow Escape story. Well done Allen.

    Janek was pleased with his Narrow Escape story. He sent it in as soon as it was finished!

    He's also been busy working on the ice and salt experiment. Great stuff.

    As well as spotting birds in his garden (he was lucky enough to spot a sparrowhawk) Alex has been experimenting too. He has written up the melting ice cap experiment like a true scientist!

    He has written his Narrow Escape story too but has done two versions, from the point of view of the predator and the prey. So clever!

    This clever girl is full of great ideas. She has made a fraction wall to help her with her maths and she has baking Fridays! That cake looks scrummy.

    The grateful hand picture shows us all the things she is thankful for. Just lovely.

    As today is officially the last day of the half term, we are now on holiday. There won't be any home learning set for this week but here is a fun challenge you could have a go at. 

     @7stories launched a twitter challenge recently to recreate a book cover at home. We love this idea and thought it would really appeal to our creative lot. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

    Please send us your photos and we'll put them on the blog next week. We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

    Have a lovely break. Stay safe everyone.

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    14 May 2020

    Another busy week!

    Hello everyone, it seems such a long time since we were all together at school but we are so pleased that we have this blog to keep us all in touch. This week has been busier than ever! Take a look at some of the lovely things we have been doing at home and in school.

    Our rainbow fence continues to grow and grow. The children in school made these gorgeous rainbow dangles with Mrs Drury on Thursday. She is going to pinch them for her book corner when they come down!

    They also worked out the perimeter of rectlinear shapes, using post-it notes!

    Mrs Dutton worked with the year 3s and 4s earlier in the week and Noah and Carys made these troll paintings before working on some writing.

    Mrs Wymer found a recipe for these yummy butterfly pizzas, combining cooking and maths. Can you see they are symmetrical?

    The children at home have a been busy in the kitchen too. This kind boy made one for each member of his family.

    This is Thomas' pizza. Delicious.

    And here is Allen's pretty butterfly.

    This lad is really dedicated. Not only has he been in school most days, he's also been doing some home learning at the weekends and has managed to finish a whole maths book. He's really proud of himself. Quite right too!

    This week marked the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale's birth. We thought it was the perfect time to celebrate her achievements and what she has done for nursing so the children in Year 4 have been learning all about her life.

    Look how hard George has worked.

    Can you see he wrote an acrostic poem using the letters of her name?

    Minnie did the same thing. Very impressive.

    And so did Jacob. He enjoyed learning about her links to Shore Lane too.

    Allen wrote his poem on 12th May, Florence Nightingale's actual birthday!

    This is Isla's poem. She's very proud of it. Quite right too - it's brilliant.

    Ellie did some research and wrote this wonderful biography.

    George has enjoyed his geography work this week. He has been learning all about mountains and rivers.

    He's also made this brilliant fact file all about the Amazon river. 

    Alex made a river fact file too. He chose the Amur river in Russia. Great research Alex.

    Isla looked at rivers and mountains, like George. She chose a river close to home and the highest mountain in Wales. Good work Isla.

    Here are some of the things Olivia has been enjoying over the last couple of weeks. What a busy girl!

    As you can see, she loves being outside so making a wormery really appealed to her. Here is a detailed diagram of what she made.

    Janek is enjoying having time to do more drawing and graffiti art. We love it. Check out the signature!

    Someone else has been super creative this week. Look at this beautiful art work made from clay, paint and buttons.

    Some of you had a go at creating illuminated letters. Here are three of your designs. They will look great on your bedroom doors.

    Here is an incredible Lego maze. We were treated to a video to prove it actually worked! What a clever girl.

    The highlight of the week for this hardworking boy was learning to use power tools! He had to use them safely and be really careful when building this bug hotel. 

    Science has been a favourite again this week. Here's someone testing out the glass of water experiment over his brother's head. It worked - phew!

    Look at the results from this rainbow salt and ice experiment. It worked really well.

    Allen also worked on the rainbow ice experiment. He has explained each stage, like a true scientist.

    This young lady got her big sister to join in with her science experiment. They were pleased with their results - very pretty!

    And finally, we have three bits of exciting news to share.

    First of all, this lucky lad and his brother received a very special message this week from none other than Tim Peake! They made this fantastic space station over the Easter holidays and were delighted when they got this picture of Tim spacewalking. It had a message to the boys and all at Lydgate Junior school written on it.

    Secondly, this young lady really has had her hands full. Look what happened - lock down puppies! They are adorable.

    And they weren't the only lock down babies. Huge congratulations to this lovely girl and all her family on the safe arrival of a new baby girl. We know you will be a fantastic big sister. Lovely news to share. 

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    08 May 2020

    Happy long weekend everyone!

    Hello again and happy VE day. We hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine and spending time with your families.

    Here is a taste of what we've been up to over the last few days, in school and at home. It looks like we've had some fun.

    The children in school have enjoyed doing some measuring and fractions activities, investigating pentominoes, practising using speech punctuation, learning about VE day and playing wartime street games. 

    On Wednesday, we had fun learning some hip hop dancing. Here we are busting some moves in the hall.

    We made paper aeroplanes too. We had to follow the instructions really carefully. Mrs Dutton was a big help because she is an origami expert!

    In the afternoon, we worked with the Y5s and 6s to create a masterpiece. We all had a little piece of a painting to copy and then we put it all together to make a big final painting.

     It's The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. Mrs Purdom has put it up next to our 'Staying Together' display. We think it looks great.

    Yesterday, the Y5 and 6 children baked eggless sponges (a wartime recipe) and set up a street party. They invited the year 3 and 4 children to join them on the playground. Here they are at their socially distanced party!

    It's so nice to see what you are making of our home learning activities and all of the extra things you are doing to keep yourselves occupied too. There are some really good ideas here. Why not try some out? 

    Lots of you have been enjoying science this week. Arthur and Allen sent in these photos of their iceberg experiments.

    This super scientist did a few of the iceberg challenges.

    She also wins the prize for creating the prettiest icebergs - made in eggshells!

    We know this lad loves his science. He's been busy with teaching his dad times tables but also tested out the cup of water challenge.


    As did this lucky lady. Phew - it worked!

    Allen did this lovely writing based on the film 'So good to me' from Literacy Shed. 

    Amaan has been very busy doing his home learning with his dad. He says it would be embarrassing if he was a teacher but he's enjoying it! He has been learning to do step-by-step drawings from tutorials he has found on youtube.

    Isla has cleverly used the steps of her patio to make a bird hide. Ingenious.

    This clever girl has been super creative. She loves 'The Great British Sewing Bee' and was inspired to upcycle her dad's shirt to make something for herself. That cake looks delicious too!

    Here's someone else who's been busy in the kitchen, making this amazing treacle toffee.He's also made his own wormery and learnt some new life skills, helping his dad to move the garden fence.

    Someone else has been busy helping with DIY! This young lady has also been painting, gardening, cycling and making volcanoes with her brother.

    George has been enjoying our Arctic project and has sent us this lovely Inuit print.

    These Inukshuks are impressive too. One of them was made while out walking the dog - it was still there the day after. Do you think it will still be there next week?

    Alex has made his milk carton penguin this week. He's called him Dabbo because he's dabbing while swimming in the sea!

    Here's someone who really got into the spirit of things for VE day. Not only has she been learning about everyday life during  WW2, she has also been busy painting flags, making bunting and baking ready for a street party. Here's another delicious looking cake!

    And finally, thank you to these children who sent in messages for their schoolmates. We miss you too and will see you soon.

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    01 May 2020

    Super work to share

    It's been another busy week at school and home. We have been blown away by your efforts this week. Take a look and see what we've all been up to.

    The children in school have been writing reports, working on measuring and fractions, taking part in scavenger hunts and doing May Day activities. They also did some alphabet photography, finding things around them that look like letters in their names.

    As always, we like to keep active so we did a work out on GoNoodle called Pump It Up and another called Catman in Space, which was good fun.

    Why not give it a try at home?

    Our rainbow fence is growing and growing. Mr Swain did some graffiti art with the year 3s and 4s this week and we wrote messages onto ribbons to tie onto the fence.

    Children from home have been creating things for our fence too and have enjoyed coming down to school to tie their things on. Look at this lovely rainbow bunting!

    Here's some more lovely art work made especially for the fence.

    Allen went to look at the fence when he did his daily bike ride.

    Diane has been making art work of a different kind. Look at these amazing pictures of a shark, a lion and a cheetah.

    It was a bug hotel last week - this week it's banana loaf!

    Lots of you are continuing to work hard on maths and English. Here's Oliver, working inside this week!

    This lovely boy is writing a weekly newspaper to share with his grandparents who are self-isolating. What a brilliant way to keep them in touch!

    Ruby has worked hard on English - this is her 'Waking the giant' work. 

    And this is Isla's story and illustration. Kindness wins in the end!

    Ellie has enjoyed the Waking the giant story too. It's quite an adventure. She has also worked hard making this Gryffindor common room with her lego.

    And here is a Waking the giant story from Gus. He made this lovely Arctic habitat poster too.

    As well as making a minibeast safari in his garden, Alex has been busy making this Wolf report. Very impressive.

    This is George's work. He's been enjoying finding out about the Arctic too.

    He also did a bit of research on John Williams, which Mrs Smith found very interesting.

    This busy bee has made this very informative mindmap about Arctic animals and also been doing a bit of soldering in her spare time!

    Isabel continues with her science and outdoor learning. This week she has been making glow in the dark jars and also enjoyed making bird feeders. She's hoping to spot some birds using her 'Garden Birds' book.

    Lolia has been missing everyone - she made a presentation to let us know.

    Our challenges have gone down particularly well with you all. First of all, the photography challenge. You really are a creative lot!

    Charlotte made her full name.

    Who do you think did this one?

    And this one?

    Ethan made his name with things he found around his bedroom.

    Allen did the whole alphabet.

    And so did Isla.

    And so did George!

    Olivia and her sister made these fantastic film characters from toilet rolls. Olivia did Inspector Clousseau and her sister joined in with Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and Moriarty!

    Look at these incredible milk carton penguins. Jacob said it was the highlight of his week. We think it might be ours too!

    And finally, these two lovely lads have been running to raise money for the NHS - 3000 laps of their garden, inspired by the wonderful Captain Thomas Moore.

    They've already beaten their target of £150 and they are only a third of their way through. Fantastic work boys - keep on running!

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    24 Apr 2020

    More learning to share

    Wow! What a lot of fantastic learning we have to share this week. Children in school and at home have been very busy and have been making the most of the lovely sunshine too.

    Thank you to everyone who has sent messages and photographs to keep in touch. We are missing you all so it's lovely to see what you have been getting up to. 

    Mrs Wymer, Mrs Purdom, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen worked with the children in school on Wednesday. We had a lovely day and made the most of the weather, doing most of our activities outside. We did a circuit training task on the top yard and made suncatchers and rainbow tags for our rainbow fence. You could add something to it too, if you would like to. Your grown ups have been sent the details on this week's home learning email.

    Meanwhile, at home, this clever boy has learnt to use a screwdriver safely. He went on a bike ride to collect sticks and then used his new-found skills to make this fantastic bug hotel. Brilliant.

    Some of you will have seen the handstand Tshirt challenge - well, this person sent a video to her teachers of her actually doing it. We were all very impressed! She also enjoyed making and using binoculars this week. Well done.

    Hollie has been enjoying David Walliams' new book 'Slime' and has also been drawing, painting, baking and gardening. Here is some of the work she's done too. Excellent.

    Olivia has been working on the Snowala Koala illustration project. We know Janine will be thrilled with these!

    Olivia has also found time to learn some new creative skills - glass painting and pyrography. How lovely.

     This scientific lad has been busy learning all about arctic animals this week. Looks like he enjoyed doing the blubber experiment! Great work.

    Alex has enjoyed learning all about the Arctic too. He made this powerpoint all by himself and he's very proud of his efforts. Quite right too.

    Ellie made this information mat about Arctic animals, using the sorting and matching activity.

    She also made this brilliant leaflet after doing some research on wolves. Fantastic work Ellie!

    She wasn't the only one who enjoyed learning about wolves. Look at this fabulous annotated diagram.

    Allen worked really hard on his annotated poster too..

    Gus was so inspired by the wolf poem he decided to illustrate it. Good work Gus!

    Isabel has continued her outdoor learning and created a menu using natural materials this week. She designed her own food and price list. Who wouldn't want to visit this cafe?

    A couple of you had a go at the toilet roll challenge. We love these two designs - can you work out the films? 

    Here's someone who says he's missing school but is trying to keep busy at home. He's been riding his bike and has made this fantastic Inuit igloo model. 

    He also wrote this amazing poem. We will leave you this week with his thoughts.......


    Life has changed since the outbreak
    Things may not look bright during the current state
    A few words I would like to give
    To explain how we can all stay positive

    Stay safe, stay healthy, go for a run
    Rain, wind or in the sun
    Play, be silly laugh out loud
    Even if above, theres a dark cloud

    Its no time to be nasty or mean
    We all must work together and stay keen
    Be happy, be kind, to one and other
    Mum, dad, sister or brother

    Although schools are closed
    Friends teachers we all miss
    You can use the internet to stay in touch
    Its just bliss

    People have become ill, so if you feel scared
    Stay close to your family, who have always cared
    Be thankful and appreciate the brave
    Who have risked their lives, so others can be saved

    One thing we all know that is for sure
    To this nightmare there will be a cure
    As the world stands together in this fight
    Life back to normal, is in our sight.

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