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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14 Feb 2020

Viking Day

On Thursday we had a special day to end our Vikings topic. We had lots of activities: writing in runes, making top trumps cards, Viking drama, painting shields, drawing longhouses and trying out Viking flatbread and our version of a drink called mead. To end the day, we had a rampage around the playground and a chanting competition, followed by some Viking singing and a visit from a ghost monk.

Lots of people had dressed up for the day and there were some great costumes. It was a really fun day. Here some photos of what we did. 

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31 Jan 2020

Viking Longship DT project

Over the last two weeks in Year 5 all four classes have been working on a DT project. We have created Viking longship models, which move! By turning a crank, a cam rotates, which then makes the Viking on board the longship look like he is rowing. 

We based our design on various examples of moving toys that we brought into school to look at. We discovered that a lot of these work by the rotary motion of a cam, which has an off-centre hole, creating linear motion in an attached shaft.  We used this same idea in our models. 

The models took two whole days to make and there was a lot of hard work involved! Firstly, we had to accurately measure and saw all the wood to create the frame. Then we had to glue it all together using card triangles to attach the corners firmly. This took  nearly the whole first day! On the second day, we had to create the mechanism in order to make the man move, and then figure out how to attach it to the frame. It was quite complicated but we all managed it in the end. The final stage was to cover the frame and hide all the inner workings, then attach our longboat, mast and sail. 

Our finished boats look amazing, and our teachers and us are very proud of what we have achieved. Have a look at the pictures to see some of the steps involved, and some of the finished products. 

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24 Jan 2020

Friday 24th January

Viking Longships.

On Thursday 23rd  of January, Y5NL and Y5EC went out into the playground (Top Yard) to find out the size of a real Viking long ship at 23 m  long and 5 m wide. This was measured by children (us). It was really fun and a nice way to enjoy the majestic, fresh air. This was huge as you can see above  but we couldn't imagine 120 Vikings living in this  boat. It must have been really crowded!

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17 Jan 2020

Chocolate factory

We won Y5's Dragons' Den competition by creating a cool comic app. We won the prize of a trip to Kelham Island Cutlery Works and got a special tour of Bullian's chocolate factory. It was great fun and we learnt a lot about chocolate. We made our very own unique chocolate bars with different yummy toppings. Then, while we were waiting for it to set, we were allowed a hot chocolate and a brownie. It was great! Then max, who was the chocolate factory owner, showed us around the different food shops. When our chocolate was set, we went back to the chocolate shop and  wrapped it up so that we could take it home. We had great fun but sadly we had to go back to school to carry on with the day. 

Here are some photos of the visit.

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10 Jan 2020


This term we have started to learn about the Vikings and this blog will tell you about the them.

Did you know that Vikings didn't wear horns on their helmets? 

Vikings left Scandinavia because the farming land was not good and the population was growing and that means that lots of people were starving to death. They moved to Britain because it had better farming climate and it was in close proximity. They also didn't have to use the oldest son rule which was if you were the oldest son you would always get the farm if your parents can not look after it any more or if the parents sadly died. England had lots of gold and silver. They came to England in long ships with heads on that were scary so they would frighten other ships. When they got there they built long houses which are Viking houses.

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