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.

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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27 Mar 2020

What an unusual week!

It has been very different at school this week, with many of you working at home, leaving a small number of us at school. We have had lots of fun doing various activities: exhausting daily Joe Wicks workouts; karate sessions; making talismans and perfume in the woods; doodle art work; creating mini books; lots of PE; extra long play times in the sun; making pizzas; and even some maths and English. The people at school have missed their friends though and are looking forward to seeing photos of what they have been up to. 

Thomas from Y5EC has created this amazing outdoor space art - well done!

If you have any pictures of work that you would like to share, they can be sent to the Y5 email address and we will put them on the next blog. 

Parents will have received an email today including some links of fun things to do over the holidays. There is also an email about the Lydgate Easter Egg event - so get creating! 

We hope that you all have a happy and healthy holiday and look forward to seeing you soon. 

The Y5 team. 

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20 Mar 2020

A message from the staff

From all the staff at Lydgate,

We'll be there for you.

Stay safe.

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20 Mar 2020

Y5 Home Learning

As many of you will be staying at home for a while, we have put together a guide to home learning for you.  This is not compulsory but we hope it goes some way to keeping the children engaged and busy for the next week or so. We will be in touch soon with more ideas.

From the Year 5 teachers


·         Read every day

·         Write a book review

·         Make a word search from your spellings (see list)

·         revise relative clauses (see pack of activities)

Writing task.

We have been reading lots of the ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ stories and your child will be familiar with the common themes in these. We would like them to plan their own 1002nd Arabian Nights story, using a storyboard (comic strip) plan. We would then like them to write their own story, including some of the common themes.

If your child has already written their story at school, they can finish it off if needed, illustrate it, act it out or even write another one. Your child could also read the story aloud to you and other family members to show off all the writing skills they have learned this year.


Times Tables.

·         TT Rockstars

·         MyMaths

·         Education City for those who have home access.

·         Hit the Button:  (please select times tables)

Revision task.

We have been learning about decimals and percentages in maths this half term. We are sending a booklet resources to consolidate this learning with your child. We have set MyMaths tasks on these topics and there are lots of games on there too.



What can you find out about Ali and Abu Bakr (two of the first Caliphs in the Early Islamic Civilisations)? Who was Caliph first? How was this decided?

Alternatively (or as well), you could find out about which goods were traded along the trade routes through Baghdad at this time.

You can choose how to present your findings (e.g. a poster, a mind map, PowerPoint or give a talk about it to someone).


Make an infographic about a subject of your choice. You could use Publisher, Powerpoint, Word or ActivInspire to do this.


In Science, we are learning about the phases of the moon. While you are at home see if you can investigate these further. You could:

·         Try to go outside when it is dark and look at the moon. What do you notice? You could take a photo each night to see if you can see the different phase

·         Draw and label a diagram showing the different phases

·         Make a fact file about the moon, explaining why we see the different phases

·         Look at patterns between moon phases and tidal patterns


Do something active every day if you can. This could be playing outside, going for a walk, doing some yoga or whatever you enjoy.

Starting on Monday, Joe Wicks is going to be doing a live daily workout for kids on his YouTube channel (TheBodyCoachTV) called ‘PE with Joe’.


·         Make a poster on how to keep your mind and body healthy

·         Maybe you could offer to help around the house too!

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13 Mar 2020

Early Islamic Civilisations

In Year 5 this half term we are really enjoying our brand new topic on Early Islamic Civilisations. It is really fascinating to find out what was going on in different countries at the time when the Vikings were settling in Britain (570 AD-1258 AD)

We have learned that Baghdad was one of the most important cities in the world at the time, and it was built completely round! We have also learned all about a really important building called the House of Wisdom, where the Islamic people kept hundreds of books. The Islamic civilisations were very different to European civilisations at the time, as they placed great importance on knowledge and learning, rather than being strong and a good warrior. 

Alongside out topic we have been reading some amazing stories from 'One Thousand and One Arabian Nights'. This book tells the story of a clever young woman called Shahrazad,who manages to trick King Shahryar into letting her live by telling him story after story. We have heard the tales of Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Sinbad the Sailor, and soon we will be writing our own 'Arabian Nights' style stories. We can't wait to get started! 

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06 Mar 2020

Friday 6th March

World Book Day.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day at school. We had lots of exciting activities in Y5: guess the teachers' favourite childhood books; making book bunting; book cover art work; cosy reading time with blankets and cushions; sharing our favourite books; a book stall; and a book scavenger hunt. We could also dress up as a book character if we wanted to. As you can see form the photos, we had lots of fun and enjoyed reading. 

The Halle Orchestra. 

On Friday 6th March, all of Y5 went on a once in a lifetime chance to see a  world-class orchestra called the Halle .As we were walking in to the City Hall, we were given a scratch and sniff card and they were really cool. We had to scratch and sniff at special times to match the music we were listening to. In the build up to the concert we were told to learn a special piece of music and it sounded amazing when we sang it - we all gave it everything. The Halle orchestra were unbelievable!
Bea and Rhys (Y5NL)

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