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 the School Governors, 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 Mrs Grimsley.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson 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....

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15 Sep 2017

What we think of year 5 so far!

Since we started year 5 we have learnt about subordinators and parenthesis in English. In maths we have done Mobius strips, place value and decimals. We have enjoyed our first two weeks of  year 5 and are looking forward to the rest of the year.

In guided reading we are reading The Firework Maker's Daughter and we are really enjoying it.

In year 5 it's the only year in the junior school that gets Golden Time. This half term we have a choice of : drama, art, football or going in the woods.

Star of the week assembly has been very fun, the two star of the week in our class have been James  and Wilf (so far).

In outdoor PE we are doing hockey - I really like hockey- and in indoor PE we are doing gymnastics. We were focusing on bridges in our last PE lesson. Most people in our class like PE.

By Carys and Lyla  

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10 Sep 2017

The First Week in Year 5

Welcome to the year 5 blog. Each week a different class will write a short blog about their week. We hope that you will find this a useful way of finding out what the children have been up to at school. All the year 5 classes have settled in really quickly and the year 5 teachers have all been hugely impressed by their positive attitude to work, school and to each other. We started our Literacy work straight away, with the children writing a set of instructions about how to make papyrus (this links in with our topic work on Ancient Egypt). In ICT the children researched how to make a mummy so that they have all the information they need to write a manual of instructions for a trainee embalmer in a few weeks time. In Maths the children completed various assessments so that we have a really good idea of what they can do and of what we need to focus on in our teaching. Your child should have brought home a maths homework book on Friday. We explained to the children that this should be at a level that they can complete independently. Obviously they should be asking for help if they are unsure of what a question means but they should be able to complete the homework mostly by themselves. We very much encourage the children in year 5 to become much more independent in all aspects of their work. The books are differentiated and we worked with the children to find the level at which they felt confident to complete the work by themselves. In 5R/J and 5R/R this homework needs to be handed in on Wednesday each week. in 5AP and 5SH it needs to be in by Friday each week. Spelling homework will start next week.

Mrs Parker (Year 5 Leader)

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14 Jul 2017

Sport's Day

Field Events

In sports day, there are 6 field events and 6 different countries. The events are standing long jump, speed bounce, sitting throw, standing throw, bean bag throwing and javelin. I came first in the standing ball throw I got 7.1 meters. 
By Edie Y5H/deB

Track Events

You can do 100m sprint or 200m sprint and if you come first, second or third you get a sticker.
By Lily Y5H/deB

Fun Run

 We also did the fun run which was about 1km.

They boys and girls competed separately. I came 3rd.
At the end we did a parents race (it was really funny).

By Mahammed Y5H/deB


In whole school assembly today we found out the winners.
They were:-
Jamaica in first place,
Australia in second,
and my team Germany in third place.   

By Mahammed Y5H/deB

And Finally...

It was really fun. Over all it was a very amazing day!

By Jonathan Y5H/deB

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09 Jul 2017

Our River Walk!

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. 

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29 Jun 2017


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!


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