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 Team includes Mrs Dutton (3JD), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Reasbeck & Mrs Drury (3R/D). Mr Jones teaches 3JD on Fridays. We also have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain.
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 ,Mrs Jones (5R/J), Miss Roberts (5AR), Mrs Holden and Mrs de Brouwer (5H/deB). . Many children are supported by Teaching Assistants who work with children across the school. 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 Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Tuesday morning teachers are Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Hornsey. 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....
On Tuesday 54th July all 4 year 5 classes set off from school to walk to the source of the River Porter. The weather forecast had not been good (there was the threat of rain all day!) but we decided to go ahead. As soon as the children arrived at school, they were given 1 litre of water to carry in their own bucket. This was to help the children understand how hard it is to carry water for long distances. In the previous half term, we had learned about the reasons for water shortages in different parts of the world and looked at the difficulties this posed for the people who lived there. The children thought it was going to be an easy thing to do to carry such a small amount of water in a large bucket. However, the first bucket was spilled and the water lost before we had even left the building!
During the morning, it drizzled but did not actually rain. Once we reached Endcliffe Park, we walked alongside the Porter and followed it up the valley. We looked at both natural and the man made features of the river as we walked. By the time we reached Forge Dam, quite a few children had no water left in their buckets. It was clear by this point who the children were that were carefully guarding their water and who were determined to carry it safely all the way back to school. We ate our picnics near to the source of the river and then followed the river all the way back down again. Once we were back at school we measured the amount of water each child had brought back. Those children who still had 1 litre felt incredibly proud of themselves and they definitely had developed greater awareness of the importance of water and the need to appreciate and respect it as a vital resource. We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of all the parents who joined us on the walk. They helped make it a very successful day. Thank you to all of the parents who walked with us.
At the start of this half term, each class in year 5 got little pots with really tiny caterpillars in them. We gave them names (like Ronaldo, Lucy, and Tim) and we measured them so that we could record how quickly they grew. When we first got them, they were about 1cm long. They ate and they ate (special caterpillar food!) and they grew and they grew. By the end of a week they had more than doubled in size. A week ago - when the temperatures were very high - they all started to make a chrysalis and attached themselves to the lids of the pots. They were then transferred into a large net cylinder. Last Friday, the first caterpillar hatched into a butterfly - this was really, really exciting! When we came into school on Monday morning most of the butterflies had emerged and we released them out onto flowers outside the base. By the end of Tuesday all the butterflies had hatched.
We really enjoyed watching the life cycle of the caterpillar happen. We are now learning about the life cycle of a frog and of a chicken. After that, we are going to have our Sex Education sessions.......we aren't sure if we are looking forward to those or not! We will let you know in a few weeks time!
In Y5 the children have been building bridges out of paper and sellotape. They have been rolling,sticking and cutting for a whole day. Top tips on how to make a paper bridge:
1. Roll the paper very tightly and do lots of them!
2.Have sellotape to hand at all times.
3.Make two tall,strong towers.
4. Make the towers first, then the bridge!
5. And last of all add rolls of paper to the edges to make it secure.
The children had only practised the towers so it was a challenge but they managed EVENTUALLY! It was very annoying because the bridges kept on falling down.
On Tuesday June 13th all 4 year 5 classes joined together to present our end of year assembly to the parents. We tried to give them a really good sense of what we have been doing in year 5 this year. Each class took a different area of the curriculum; 5AR Literacy, 5AP RRS, 5RJ The Vikings and 5HdeB Spanish. In each class every child had at least one part and all the children worked hard to learn their lines. We practised in the hall several times last week so that the children knew how loudly they had to speak and where to stand. 5AR went first, They performed a shortened version of the creation myth, 'Blue John' that we read in the Spring term. While the narrators told the story, some of the class acted out the scenes. Then it was 5AP's turn. They told the parents all about our work as a Rights Respecting School and gave details about our Road Safety Campaign. 5RJ then told the parents about all the things we have learned about the Vikings. This included a very funny story about Thor's hammer that some of the children acted out. Finally 5HdeB explained to the parents all that we have done in Spanish this year. This required the parents to join in at times and learn the Spanish words for Tapas.
We were delighted that so many parents came to watch. At the end of the assembly we held a collection to raise money that would go towards our next food bank collection at the end of term. Thanks to the generosity of the year 5 parents we have over £100 to spend on food that will join the donations brought in by the year 5 classes. Thank you very much from Mrs Parker and the Year 5 Team.