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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/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.

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 Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. 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 consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC),  Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB).  The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days. 

Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday. 

Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks. 

In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!

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); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday  in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. 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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    24 Sep 2020

    Friday 25th September


    We have had a very busy, happy week! We have learnt all about what life was like for the Celts in Britain before the Romans invaded; we have learnt how sound is made through vibrations; we have practised our passing and catching skills in rugby; we  have done a maths test (and smiled all the way through!) and we have had our photographs taken.

    Our class timeline is finally finished. We managed to get it all in chronological order and it is hanging right across our classroom. We have included lots of important historical events and learnt lots from each other. 

    We have been busy writing poetry too. First of all, we discussed how words paint a picture in all of us and how those pictures are different for everyone. We experimented with similes and made a class poem for our working wall. We learnt the difference between similes and metaphors and had a go at writing our own poems using metaphors. We found it tricky at first but we persevered and we all improved. Mrs Purdom was so proud of us! Here are a few examples of our poems. Do they paint a picture for you?

    We also love our PE in 4JP. Here we are joining in with some disco iMoves and showing off our best dancing to 'Jumpstart Johnny'. You can join in at home here:


    Another hardworking and lovely week in 4JD. We completed some great presentations this week about how sound is made through vibrations and how our ears work. Mrs. Drury was very impressed and we enjoyed watching them back. We've completed our maths assessments now and have played lots of rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 games. Stevie Wonder was our artist of the week and we enjoyed his funky music! Forest schools was lots of fun as you can see from our pictures this week.

    Mrs Drury told us a traditional Norwegian story about three brothers and a mean troll who lived in the woods. If you ask me I might be able to tell you the story, it involves some cottage cheese, a white bird, a sack and some oatmeal! We made our own clay trolls and then created mazes and houses for them out of natural objects. This was something Norwegian sailors used to do on the beaches with shells and stones to keep the trolls from causing mischief!

    As you can see all our trolls were different and had their own unique personalities, just like all of us. Every week we are getting to know each other better. 


    We have had another lovely week and have enjoyed lots of art work especially on Friday.  We listened to the story of Romulus and Remus which is an ancient myth about how Rome came to be called Rome.  We then each took different parts of the story and did a watercolour painting of that scene.  We also took part in the World's largest lesson which is all about global goals.  Part of our homework will be to tell you all about it and what we can do to support it.  


    And finally, a note about swimming:

    Swimming lessons start this Thursday (1st October) for 4JP and 4SS. Our other two classes will start their block later in the year.

    You should have received two letters via email, one from school and one from Sheffield Swim Service. If you haven't, please let the school office know and we will get them out to you straight away.

    Please remember to shower at home, come to school 'beach ready' and don't forget your pants!

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    17 Sep 2020

    Friday 18th September

    4JP go down to the woods

    We had our first Forest School session this week and we loved it! 

    In class, we have been learning all about fairy tales from Norway. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a Norwegian story. They very often feature creatures called trolls. Norse sailors thought that the trolls would get onto their ships and cause mischief so they would make mazes on the beaches from pebbles and shells so that the trolls would get lost and confused.

    We took some clay into our woods and made our very own trolls using the natural materials we found around and about us. 

    We worked in pairs with children who came from a different Y3 class so that we could get to know each other a little better.

    We made mazes too so that our trolls couldn't escape!

    We are so proud of our trolls. We think they have real personalities. They are all sitting on the windowsill in our classroom now. We can't wait for our next lesson in the woods!

    A busy week in 4JD

    This week in our literacy we have been looking at metaphors and similes in poetry. We came up with some great similes. 

    We also created our own timeline of some key events in British history. We had some great ideas about what to research on the ipads.  This has helped us to understand how long ago the Celts lived and when the Romans arrived in Britain.  Here are a few of the key events we found out about. Can you order them?

    As part of our religion work we have been finding out about the word unity and what it means to belong to a team, have a common goal and a shared belief or value. These are our unity images.   


    In 4CW, we have had another busy week and this included going down in to the woods too.  We made presentations all about how sound travels from its source to our ears and did little presentations that we had great fun filming.  

    We have also been looking at poetry and the differences between similes and metaphors.  We have written our own metaphor poems about parts of the body.  Here are a few examples of just some of our ideas.

    and finally..... look what this young man found in his garden.  This is very well timed as next time we go into the woods we will be studying animal homes!

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    11 Sep 2020

    Friday 11th September

    We have enjoyed our first full week in Year 4. New routines are established and we are much slicker at handwashing - it's just what we do now! We've done the first few lessons in our new books and impressed our teachers with our enthusiasm.


    In 4CW, we have had a very busy week.  We have started to get used to our daily routines and have been enjoying our rounding to 10 and 100.  We have also been busy with our portraits and our stars.  If you look carefully at our portraits you see they have masks on.  Behind the masks are all the words that describe our personalities. We are looking forward to Forest School next week.


    4JP have been busy working on self portraits too. We had fun designing our masks and we thought carefully about the words we would use to describe ourselves. It was a really good way to get to know each other. We are pleased that we have kind, funny, bonkers new friends!


    We also enjoyed creating our masked portraits. It was great getting to know each other and do our first few lessons this week. Let's do it all over again next week!

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    04 Sep 2020

    Friday 4th September

    Hello everyone and welcome to Year 4!
    Our first two days have got off to a flying start. It's been lovely to welcome everyone back and get to know each other all over again. We've caught up with old friends and we are beginning to make new ones. We've tried our best and been brilliant at getting to grips with new systems and routines. There really has been a lot of hand washing!
    But, above all, we have seen smiles and lots of them. What a happy bunch we are. It's going to be a great year.

    Please note:
    An email has been sent out today with key days and dates for our year 4s. This is the short version!

    MONDAY - new spellings given out in class for a test on Friday (overview in pink home work book)
    TUESDAY - Outdoor games 
    WEDNESDAY - Forest Schools (fortnightly - see letter for your class dates)
    THURSDAY - Indoor PE 
                         - Swimming for two classes (more information to come next week)
    FRIDAY - homework given out, to be handed in the following Thursday

    Children are not expected to wear their school uniform on PE days or Forest Schools days. 

    Well done everyone on a great start to the year. We are looking forward to seeing you (and those smiles) on Monday. 
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    16 Jul 2020

    A final farewell

    So here we are, the very last message of the year. It's not quite the goodbye we all envisaged but, when we look back at this blog, we remember the class of 2019/20 with great fondness. We've had lots of fun and created some great memories. We are so proud of each and every one of you.

    Here's what we've been up to this week - well done for keeping up the enthusiasm!

    SS bubble went out into the woods to do the Wizard Rainbow challenge. They made rainbows and then had to find things in the woods to match the colours they had drawn. Even though there are a couple of cheat items (can you spot them?) it's amazing the colours you can see in nature when you look closely. 

    Ben has been working hard for weeks on a REALLY long story, inspired by David Walliams. He's really thought about developing the main character, Grub, and has been editing and adding detail. Here is the final published copy. Maybe you'll write a novel one day Ben?

    Here's another boy who has been working very hard on his home learning. He's sent us a selection of some of the things he's been doing. He's definitely been busy, some great learning here and look how much he raised for charity!

    And here's some more of his learning.

    He made these two powerpoints all by himself. This one explains the digestive system in great detail. 

    And this one is all about the Titanic. Impressive work.

    Here's some more fantastic Titanic work. This time in an exploding book! What a creative way to show what she knows - it really is a work of art.

    Here are some more stunning works of art. The tutorials on how to draw animal eyes have proved to be very popular this week. Can you spot which one is the owl, the tiger, the dragon and the phoenix?

    Here's a tawny owl eye. Just lovely.

    Isla chose the tiger eye. Didn't she do a good job?

    And here are two girls who have been enjoying the outdoors again (remember their trip up Win Hill?) This week they have been on a trail to earn their local history Brownie badge. They found time for an ice cream too - we think you earned it girls. Well done.

    So that's it, we are done for the year. Thank you for being amazing.

    Have a lovely Summer - rest, relax and have fun. See you when you're in Y5!

    And remember.......

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