Year 5 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.
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.
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
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....
As part of our topic on Ancient Egypt, Y5 have been doing some research in ICT about how to make mummies. We found out lots of facts and then we used these in our literacy work to write our own Mummification Manual for a trainee embalmer. The whole process is really gruesome! Did you know that they used to use a long sharp hook to smash up the brain before removing it? We learnt about how they wash the body with water from the River Nile and took out a lot of the internal organs to put them in Canopic Jars. Below are some examples of our great work...
We're really proud of how well all the children in Y5 have continued to come into school full of enthusiasm as this first term moves quickly onward. There are a few things to be looking out for over the coming weeks:
*All children should now be bringing home their maths homework book and their spelling and grammar homework to do once each week.
*MyMaths activities have been set up online and all children have been given a letter with their username and password to access these.
*Egyptian Day is coming up on Tuesday 22nd October. A letter with details about this and suggestions for Egyptian costumes has been sent home via email. Please look out for this and get your thinking caps on about what to wear!
The Y5 Team
We have had a great start to year 5 this week. All the children have risen to the challenge of life in year 5 with great enthusiasm. As the children have all remained in the same class groupings and they are now very familiar with the junior school, we just launched straight into our normal timetable of lessons from the very first day. The children have enjoyed starting to research how to make a mummy in ICT (especially the gory bits about the brain!) and have already learned how to make papyrus paper and written a set of instructions about how to do this. Much of our learning this half term will be linked to our history topic on Ancient Egypt so next week the children will be writing their names on papyrus paper using hieroglyphics. By the end of the half term they will have a written a manual for trainee embalmers detailing fully the steps required to mummify a pharaoh. On Friday the children made their choices for Enrichment Time and are very excited about starting these sessions next Friday afternoon. This is a very special time in year 5 each week when we offer the children the chance to choose an activity that is designed to enrich their experience of school and maybe develop their interests and talents. This half term, the 4 options are a football league, time in our woods, painting and drama.
The Year 5 Team
This week saw the final performance to parents of the play that Y5 have been working hard on over the past six weeks. It is an adaptation of the book 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' by American author, Louis Sachar. We read this short novel as our 'book study' in the summer term: the whole class read the book together, a few chapters at a time, and we did various pieces of writing and drama in response to what we had read. If you ask us, probably everyone in Y5 (even the teachers) would recommend that you read this book. It is the story of a boy, named Bradley, who has no friends and struggles to behave at school. With the help of his school counsellor, Carla, he learns to find the good inside him, which eventually leads to friendship and happiness. This book shocked us, warmed our hearts, made us laugh out loud and cry.
To share how much we love it, we told the story as a play in four acts. Each class in Y5 was responsible for one act. This meant that the main characters were each played by four different children. It also meant that all 120 children in Y5 appeared on stage. We had people playing the part of Carla, Bradley, his family, his friends, his teachers, parents, party-goers and an intriguing selection of animals. To liven things up, we added four songs and quite a bit of dancing. It took long hours of rehearsals in the hot school hall and the teachers spent much of their time telling us to be quicker at this, louder at that, slower here or quieter there. It was worth it though because the final performance was a great success. Highlights included: two black eyes, some aggressive arguing, a marriage proposal, games of basketball, gymnastics, several heartfelt speeches (that made the parents cry!) and a lot of people going into the wrong bathrooms!
If you haven't already read the book, you should! Young or old, it is perfect holiday reading and will put a smile on your face.
Here are a few photos of the performance:
In year 5 we have been painting people carrying water. This links to our topic which is water. In our lessons we have been learning about water shortages - this is why we painted them. We first painted a background as a sunset and a dark foreground. Secondly, we painted the people. Lastly, we added extra details like rocks and trees.