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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 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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    28 Feb 2020

    Friday 28th February

    Amazing Amazon homework


    In 4CW this week we have been very busy showing all of our great Amazon Rain forest homework that we have done over the holidays.  Most of us have had a turn at presenting our work to the rest of the class.  We have had a real range of work including posters, power point presentations, 3D models and Lego models and information booklets.  We are going to put the homework on display so there will be a photo to follow next week.  For now, here are a few pictures of some of us doing our presentations.


    What amazing Amazon Rainforest homework, 4RD have produced this week! Look at our class display!

    We have been working on area in Maths. Counting the squares, but also using multiplication to calculate areas of rectilinear shapes.


    We were super pleased with our research homework too. What a fantastic range of ideas!


    We have also been busy collecting our research homework. We have a really big pile at the back of our classroom which we are looking forward to sharing next week. Watch this space......

    We have really enjoyed finding out about all the different animals that live in the rainforest this week. We used this brilliant website to help us with our work and we found out some fascinating facts we didn't already know.

    Did you know that a sloth can rotate its head almost 90 degrees?

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    15 Feb 2020

    Thursday 13th February

    Y4 perform 'The Emerald Crown'

    It's been a long week of last minute costumes, learning lines and perfecting dances and songs. The year 3s came along and watched our dress rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon and then we were finally ready to show The Emerald Crown to our families on Thursday morning. We think our hard work paid off - we absolutely loved it and we hope you did too!

    Thank you to everyone who came to watch and supported us with costumes, learning lines and helping us to remember our songs. We are sure they got stuck in your heads too!

    We are really looking forward to seeing your holiday homework creations about the Amazon rainforest - don't forget you can present it in any way you like. Remember to bring it in on the first week back.

    Have a lovely half term break everyone!

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    07 Feb 2020

    Friday 7th February


    In 4 CW this week, we have been writing our stories based on our work from the Iron Man.  The main focus for us was starting our sentences in different ways to make it more interesting for the reader.  Read a few of our examples below.


    In 4R/D we have been continuing our book study sessions on Katherine Rundell's 'The Explorer', predicting what might happen next and adding the word 'sceptical' to our word vocabulary.

    In science, we wrote about Danny the rain drop and described his endless journey through the water cycle.


    We have also been working hard on our writing. We have written our adventure stories which are all really long - Elsie went onto her 4th page! Mrs Purdom is looking forward to reading them but she said she wanted to be 'hooked in' from the very first sentence. We tried our best. What do you think?

    'Lying alone in the rubble, the only thing for miles around, lay a tiny clockwork mouse.' 

    'In less than a minute, Harry had invented his robot.'

    'Suddenly, a giant doughnut hit the earth.'

    'Slowly, very slowly, it was getting quieter and quieter. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the spider appeared.'

    'Faster than the speed of light, the robot ran up the beach with the ship tucked underneath his arm.'

    We have loved creating our robots and writing our stories. They were all different - some of us had really crazy ideas!

    We have also been learning all about the different climate zones around the world. We used atlases, information books and the internet to help us understand the words POLAR, TEMPERATE, TROPICAL and DESERT. Then we made maps with a key to indicate where these climate zones were in the world. We could clearly see that the Amazon rainforest is in a tropical zone. We are going to zoom in further next week to see what life is like in that area. We are really proud of our precise map work.

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    31 Jan 2020

    Friday 31st January

    In 4 CW this week, we have been perfecting our work on division.  We have partitioned our numbers in different ways using the part whole model and have even been working with remainders.  We are getting quite confident with it and will be working with bigger numbers next week.  Here are a few good examples of our work.

    In our study of the Amazon Rain forest, we have been looking at the different climatic regions of the world and understanding the difference between weather and climate.  We know that we live in a temperate climate and that the Amazon Rain Forest is in a tropical climate.

    In 4R/D we have been working hard on learning about the different layers of the Amazon Rain Forest.

    We produced some beautiful labelled diagrams to show our understanding.

    Some of us did some great description of what each layer was like and what different animals lived in this diverse habitat.

    We have been busy this week planning and preparing to write our adventure stories. We had to include a robot hero, a helper and an enemy. They have to encounter a challenge in the story, just like the Iron Man and Hogarth did when they met the space-bat-angel-dragon. We will share some of our stories next week.
    We have also been working hard on grid multiplication and we are now ready to move onto short multiplication. It's taken a lot of practice and resilience but we are definitely getting there!
    In between maths and English, we have been learning about lines of latitude and longitude and had fun working out different time zones around the world.

    The Emerald Crown
    Next week will see us beginning to rehearse our year group performance of 'The Emerald Crown.' We have been practising our lines, dances and songs. Keep learning those words at home too so we are ready for a brilliant show on Thursday 13th February. What a brilliant way to mark the mid-point of our year!

    Image result for the emerald crown

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    24 Jan 2020

    Friday 24th January

    Animals of the Amazon
    As you all know, we have started our new topic and this week, we have been finding out about the animals that live in the Amazon rainforest. We made these beautiful pictures using pastels and black felt tip pens. First of all, we researched which animals lived in the Amazon and then we had to sketch out our composition using black pens (no pencils allowed!) and then we used soft pastels to blend colours, shades and tones. When we were happy with our pictures, we went around the final outline with chunky black pen.
    We now know which animals live in the Amazon and we are pretty proud of our new classroom displays. What do you think?


    Y4RD - OOPS!

    In 4CW we have been learning the short method of multiplication.  Because we have had so much practice partitioning our numbers, we have picked it up quite quickly and are pretty good at it.  We are now tackling division.  Here are a couple of examples of our good work.

    In Y4JP, we have been enjoying the story of 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We read chapter 1 and listened carefully to the description of the iron giant before making our own watercolour pictures of what we imagined him to look like.

    We have been doing lots of writing activities about the Iron Man, including making word and phrase banks, writing the chapter from the Iron Man's point of view and writing a diary entry from Hogarth, the little boy who met the Iron Man in chapter 2. Here are a couple of our diary entries. We tried hard to think about how Hogarth might have been feeling.

    We can't wait to find out what happens next!
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