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 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of our regular volunteers, also helps out in all four classes.

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. We know that the question that children are mostly asked as they leave school is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs we will share with you what your children have been getting up to and all of the wonderful work that they have been doing. The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Drury in Y4S/D, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (this is not a typo!) in Y4S/S, Miss Norris in Y4HN and Miss Wall in Y4AW. The children are supported by our teaching assistants too, including Mrs Biggs, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Tandy. We also have help from Miss Lee, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Flynn and Mrs Wolff. Some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub too with Mrs Tandy. What a team!

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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), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (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

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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 Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. 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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04 Jul 2019

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

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:

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17 May 2019

water carrying art

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.

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10 May 2019

Working towards a Plastic Clever School

This week in RRS, we have been learning about being a Plastic Clever School, which means that, as a school, we are raising awareness and campaigning for this project. As year 5, we are writing to different newspapers, radios, government and shops about how our school wants to help change the world. The whole school is working on different parts of this campaign, such as decreasing the amount of single-use plastic that us and others use.

In our letters, we have been writing about how we are going to go on a march through Crosspool on the 23rd of May, at 2:30pm. On this march, we will be holding banners that will help raise awareness to care for the world more. 

In conclusion, we have been learning how marine life and wildlife animals are getting harmed by us people. We would really appreciate it if you could be more aware on how much single-use plastic you use and what you throw away every day.

Thank you,

Sophie and Gayoung.5SH

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03 May 2019

This week in 5AP

This week we on Monday 5AP and 5SH went to the mosque and we saw a great big chandelier in the prayer hall. Our guide showed us how the Muslims wash themselves (Wudu) before they pray.On Tuesday we did athletics and threw foam javelins and did a relay with relay batons. On Wednesday we had a supply teacher called Mr Wallis and we did ICT and maths with him and then at the end of the day Mr Wallis did a maths puzzle with like 70 kids! It was really good. On Thursday we had another cricket lesson. 5AP are getting really good!

Harrison and Harry 5AP

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14 Mar 2019

Wednesday Science Week - Trash Island

Wednesday’s Science Week activities had two objectives:

  • to understand some of the environmental impact of plastic pollution, and to
  • understand what they could do to reduce the problem.

We used these silicone oven-mitts as a simulation of a seabird’s beak.

Having littered the ocean surface with plastics (Hama beads scattered over a trug full of water) the children tried feeding. They aimed for one colour, as if it was food, but of course accidentally picked up lots of the ‘pollution’.

Damage to the food chain was demonstrated.

We looked also at some T-shirt designs available on-line, where the logo and caption are campaigning to protect the seas and oceans. We considered and discussed the power and persuasiveness of each design, and then had a go ourselves. This produced some of the most visually impressive work of the week so far.

We gave each child a few beads to look after – those that lost some over the day learned directly about how we, inadvertently, are contributing the pollution threat.

Objectives achieved.

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