Year 4 Blog


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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    09 Jan 2020

    Friday 10th January

    Happy new year and happy new book!

    This term, we are going to be learning all about the Amazonian rainforest. We are really looking forward to finding out all about the environment and the animals, plants and people that live in this amazing part of the world.

    Y4JP have started to read their new class novel this week, which is set in the Amazon. The book is written by Katherine Rundell. We have other books by her in our classroom. She says this story was inspired by an expedition she made to the Amazon and also by another book called 'Journey to the river Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. We have that in our classroom too.

    Before we started to read it, we looked very carefully at the front cover and tried to work out what the story might be about. 

    The Explorer

    We had to observe closely, wonder and ask questions and then predict and infer from what we could see. We think we did a pretty good job.

    When we finally read the blurb, we were even more excited to get started. What do you think?

    After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive and they have hope. As they negotiate the wild jungle they begin to find signs that something - someone - has been there before them. Could there possibly be a way out after all?

    In 4 CW, we have been getting to grips with using the distributive law, to help us with our multiplication of bigger numbers.  This week we have been practising multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers.  We have found out that if we can partition our numbers properly and have a fairly good knowledge of the times table facts, we are able to do this quite easily.  Here is a good example that shows what to do.
    We have also been glazing our mosaics that we made just before Christmas.  We have coated them in a layer of PVA glue which we found gave a lovely shine to our Demon Dogs earlier on last term.  At the moment, these mosaics are making a very nice window display as they dry out before we bring them home.  
    And finally, our swimmer of the week is .........
    Very well deserved for making lots of progress and for listening really well during the lesson.  

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    20 Dec 2019

    Friday 20th December

    Happy holidays from everyone in Year 4!

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    11 Dec 2019

    Friday 13th December

    Roman Day in Year 4

    On Tuesday, we were treated to a whole day with two Roman visitors. One was a Roman soldier and one was a retired Roman solider. They told us about Roman villas, Roman money, Roman family life, bath houses, and they even taught us how to fight like a Roman solider.They told us that in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted, people were in the bath house and a woman forgot her swimming bottoms. A couple of thousands of years later, somebody found the swimming bottoms. They were made of a sheep's skin!

    "Roman day was fantastic .The Roman soldier told us where Roman soldiers put their stuff.The Roman expert let us play boules with marbles.He also let us play hot potato, just like they did in the bath houses in Roman times.They had real swords which were sharpened. We were surprised! We learned lots more about Julius Caesar."  

    by Amaan and Rafa.

    "We got to play lots of games and it was really fun. He told us about a huge earthquake that happened just before Vesuvius erupted. People had to run away from the bath house naked. It was really funny but not really funny."

    by Sophie and Lolia

    " Some children got to put oil on their arms - this is what people did in the bath houses. Some of the women wore leather bikinis. We know this because one was found recently by an archaeologist in Pompeii.They also had competitions and were really serious about winning or losing, just like us!"

    by Oliver and Ben

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    06 Dec 2019

    Friday 6th December

    Solids Liquids and Gases

    In 6CW we have been creating presentations about interesting materials that don't quite fit into the category of either liquid or solid although they may have properties of each.  We looked at jelly, shaving foam, sand, blutack, and crushed biscuits.  We then did a short presentation to the rest of the class on our findings and how we would classify them.  

    6CW Swimmer of the week

    Well done Gus.  Gus was chosen for his enthusiasm throughout the lesson.


    We have been working hard on our 6x and 12x tables this term and we are seeing some progress. Songs help us because we LOVE singing! We worked on an investigation this week where we had to look for patterns in different times tables. We underlined the end digit of the product for each multiplication and then drew straight lines in order around a numbered circle. We were surprised at what happened and we looked for links between the tables and tried to explain why. We also tried to present our work systematically too. We have been working hard on presentation, especially in our maths books!

    We had our final Roman Lydgate Studios session today, finishing our story books and creating a 3D scene of one of the pages in our shoeboxes. We have worked so hard on them and we are pleased with the results. Some of our work is going to be displayed in our new school library. We think Janine will be really proud!

    Christmas has arrived in Y4JP today! We had fun decorating the tree and putting tinsel up around the classroom. We have also got an advent tree where we take an animal each day and create a woodland scene. Next week, we're going to do some Christmas baking for our class treat.

    And finally, congratulations to Lolia, our swimmer of the week. She listened to her teacher and showed great resilience this week. Well done Lolia!

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    29 Nov 2019

    Friday 29th November

    Roman Studio Shoe Boxes
    In 6 CW we have been busy making our shoe boxes to illustrate one of the scenes from our Roman stories. We all brought in shoe boxes and items from home that we thought we could use.   Janine ( the illustrator) gave us some very good ideas and showed us how she had used this idea with her character 'Star'.  We have some lovely boxes and books on display now in our classroom and we very much look forward to her coming back and taking some photos of our finished work.

    Swimmer of the week 6CW
    Well done to Janek for being swimmer of the week.  He was chosen for battling it through swimming his lengths without wearing his goggles.

    Y4JP learn about Julius Caesar
    Julius Caesar is one of the most famous Romans we know. Everyone had heard of him! We realised that we didn't actually know that much about him, other than he invaded England. We did some research using our library books and found out about two invasions. We also found out other facts like that he was born into a wealthy family.We found out he was very vain and he didn't like being bald so he wore a wig. Ellie and Dolores were surprised to find out he had a pet giraffe, which was fed to a lion! 
    We worked in pairs to make information posters all about Caesar. We focused on using information that made sense and we worked hard on our presentation. They are now proudly on display in our classroom.

    Congratulations to our swimmer of the week too. Ellie did everything that was asked of her and her swimming teacher was very impressed with her stroke technique. Well done Ellie!

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