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 & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.

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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16 May 2020

More great learning to share

Hello everybody! 

It has been another busy week, at school and at home, with lots of great learning going on. 

At school this week, the children learnt to use Morse Code, as you can see in the pictures. They then used the circuits equipment to make 'telegraphs' to send the messages to each other. Miss Cunningham was too busy helping to take photos of that part of the work!

This girl had been working hard on her graphic score and amazing self-portrait; she also made these beautiful tree decorations. 

You can see from these photos that this girl has also been working hard on her home learning - and celebrating VE day. She has also found time to get outside and be active. 

Anya had the great idea to design a post-lockdown celebration label for Henderson's Relish, which she sent to them with a letter. She was very excited to receive this lovely reply and some great gifts. I'm sure these will help her to remember May 2020!

This boy and his brother have been finding lots of ways to make learning fun: making a den, drawing and doing lots of baking. I bet these rainbow biscuits taste as good as they look!

This girl has been a home learning star this week, writing this interesting story, learning about life cycles, making banana bread doughnuts and being a fashion designer. 

This boy has done some great maths work this week - he has really got the hang of reflection. He also made a yummy-looking VE day cake, using only 3 ingredients. Here is the recipe, in case you would like to try making it. 


  • Ø 350 grams (3 Cups) of any Cookies powdered
  • Ø 370 grams (1 ½ cups) lukewarm Milk
  • Ø 2 ¼ tsp Baking Powder

*PLEASE READ*: The flavour of your cake will depend on what cookies you choose to use! For more chocolate flavour you can add:

  • Ø Nutella
  • Ø Chocolate Chips
  • Ø Additional Cocoa Powder
  Method: Firstly, powder the cookies until grinded finely. The reason this recipe works is because if you take a moment to think about it cookies have all the same ingredients as a cake so consider the cookies the dry ingredients. Mix your powdered cookies along with the baking powder and lukewarm milk. At this stage, mix all of that until the batter is smooth. Next, pour the batter into a greased pan parchment paper. Make sure your parchment paper is also greased.  Put it in a preheated oven at 170° C or 340° F for 15 minutes. Do not over bake this cake. Once you have removed the cake from the oven, allow it to cool for 3 minutes. At the end you can decide if you want to put some sort of icing on top once it is finished.

Remina has also been working hard, as you can see. She used different materials to create this interesting water collage. 

Sam has made this fantastic moving buggy. It was a challenging project, with quite a few problems along the way, but he worked patiently to make it work. He also sent a video of it working really well!

Another Sam has been learning about water in different ways: he did an experiment with his Grandad (on Facetime) and created this effective water poem and collage. He also shared this lovely letter which he wrote to a local care home. I'm sure it cheered them up a lot. 

Imogen and her brother have been enjoying playing this game. It is a fun way of practising maths skills. 

This girl has baked these delicious-looking scones. I think she is looking forward to eating them in this photo!

This boy made this model space station for his project over the Easter holidays. This week, he and his brother received this super surprise to go with it - a picture of a spacewalking Tim Peake with a very special message to them and the children of Lydgate Junior School! What an exciting delivery!

We have had some fantastic responses to Mrs Smiths 'patchwork piano' project this week and she is delighted with the photos she has been sent. She is really looking forward to seeing them in real life and joining them together when we are able to come back to school. It is not too late to make one of your own - we need as many as possible!

Thank you for all your hard work this week year 5. Your teachers are all really proud of you!

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07 May 2020

Happy VE day

So, another week has gone by already! The year 5 staff all hope that you and your families are happy and healthy. It is so strange not seeing each other for such a long time: thank goodness we have this blog so that we can share what we have all been doing!

It has been a very active week at school. On Tuesday, the children at school decorated these beautiful pots and planted flowering plants in them. They are going to add even more colour to our rainbow fence. If you are at school, please remember to water them. 

On Wednesday, the Y3, 4, 5 and 6 children all worked together on an art project. We divided up a painting - The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt - and each copied one section, adding our own creative flair. At the end of the day, Mrs Purdom put them all together to make our version of the painting. It looks great! 

On Thursday, there was a bit of a VE day party. The Y5/6 children baked some wartime buns (without egg) and made bunting; they then invited the Y3s and 4s to join them on the yard. It looks like fun!

The children at home have also been doing lots of different activities - some from the home learning suggestions and some that they have thought of themselves. 

This boy has been doing all kinds of lovely things, including having a camp out to celebrate his lockdown birthday! You can see his dog drawing in the estate agent's window in Crosspool. 

This girl has also done a variety of activities to keep her entertained. That cake looks amazing! 

This boy has been working very hard, as you can see. He also made a PowerPoint quiz about Greek Mythology, which Mrs Loosley enjoyed doing (even though she didn't get all the questions right). 

This girl has been extremely busy as these photos show. She was inspired by the picture task to write a conversation with Pete the octopus!

Inayah has been creating some great cartoons and self portraits. 

This girl has also been very creative, drawing this detailed and realistic self portrait. 

Ellie has been very busy this week - she was at school for 4 days and did all this home learning on her day at home. 

Amelia has also worked hard this week as you can see. Well done!

If you are celebrating VE day, have a great time and enjoy your weekend everybody!

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30 Apr 2020

A special message from the staff

Here is a special message for you all from the staff at school. 

As you may know, there is a group on Facebook (Lydgate Junior School - All in this together) which many of your parents have joined. This week, Mrs Allen (and Mrs Dawes) created a lovely display of the photos which have been shared on there. You might be able to spot your family's hand picture if you did one. You will be able to have a good look at it when we come back to school. 

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30 Apr 2020

Happy May!

Hello again everyone. Can you believe it's May already? I'm not sure the weather has noticed though. Hopefully the sunshine will come back again soon to cheer us all up. 

We have all had another busy week, at school and at home. It has been amazing to see the photos of what you have been doing. Please keep sending them to the Year 5 email address for us to share. 

Mrs Loosley was at school on Tuesday this week and was working with twelve Y5 and Y6 children. We had a very busy morning: Go Noodle and Just Dance with Y3 and Y4 to start the day; MyMaths and TT Rock Stars to get our brains working; preparing and performing 1 minute fairy tales; and a rather chilly and damp playtime. In the afternoon we started grid self portraits. We had photos of ourselves with a grid of squares on top. We then had to copy each square onto a blank grid. It is a really good way of copying a picture - you could try this at home with any picture you like! We took these home to finish off and you may see some of the finished ones on next week's blog. At the end of the day, we wrote our own messages on different coloured ribbons, which we added to the rainbow fence. 

There has been a lot of learning going on at home this week too. 

Immi was inspired by the 'Junk' poem to write this news report. I think you will agree, it looks very professional indeed. 

Sophie was inspired, by the same poem, to write this recipe. I don't think we will be trying it!

She has also been very creative this week as these photos show. 

Anna Maria has been practising using apostrophes - here is just part of the work she sent in to share. Her work is in purple. 

Charlie has been working hard. He has also been doing lots of cycling - 112km in 5 weeks!

This girl has been working hard on her home learning tasks: she has also has time to fit in lots of fun activities!

Ellie has been practising her drawing skills and created this amazing portrait. I think she will enjoy the creative home learning ideas this week. 

Ellie (not the same one!) has been at school and has also managed to do lots of home learning - well done!

Eve has been learning about pollination and has combined science and art in this beautiful diagram. 

As well as all his home learning, this boy has been working hard in the garden and has made a tree house den. He also found a nest with baby robins in. He wrote and performed a fantastic story - using a 20 year old fountain pen - which he really enjoyed. 

This boy has also been working hard and learning in lots of different ways. 

Laila was inspired by our water topic to create this lovely collage of a water droplet. 

Max has enjoyed taking these detailed photos of water, learning about the parts of plants, doing maths work and creating his 'abstract alphabet'. 

This boy has done a wide range of activities as you can see. His cooking looks delicious!

Remina sent in these photos of her home learning - she has been doing a lot of work. 

This boy has taken these beautiful water photos; they must have taken a lots of patience and skill to achieve. He has done a lot of other work too, as you can see. 

This girl has made her own 'abstract alphabet'. It must have taken ages to find all these things. 

Look at all the work this girl has done this week. Well done!

Divyam wrote this news article, inspired by the story of George's Marvellous Medicine. 

Some of the children from Y5NL met up on Zoom this week to do a quiz. That sounds like good fun! Maybe they could do a quiz for us when we are all back together. 

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22 Apr 2020

Another busy week at home

The children at home have also been working hard on their learning. It is great that so many of you have sent your photos to the Y5 email address - please keep sending them!

This boy has been working on our water topic, as you can see. It looks as if he had fun getting wet. He also created a beautiful rainbow. 

Amelia has been very arty, creating these incredible water colour flower paintings and Easter cards. 

She also wrote her first ever Amazon book review which I'm sure will encourage people to read the book. 

Review of the book Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda.

The first time I opened  the book, I wasn't expecting to experience all the adventures, gruesome moments and even wonder which lay inside it. Once on the nearly 2n'd page, no-one was able to unglue my head out of it! I just kept on reading, reading and reading! Everything seemed so real and alive as every single word became even more interesting leading onto every single sentence.

Through the time of me reading this book, it began to act like a very long, lost and forgotten friend! Once it had all finished, I even shed a tear because of how amazing the story was as well as the ending.

Sophie has also been very creative, using angles to make art work, making a water collage and doing lots of baking - it looks delicious!

Ellie has been working doubly hard because she has been at home and at school. Well done Ellie!

Max has also been working hard on his home learning. Well done!

Simeon has been spending lots of time being active and has set himself a target for running 5km. He has also created this great infographic about cars and done some baking, amongst many other things. 
This girl has been working hard on her home learning tasks and has also been learning to sew with her mum. I think you will agree, she has done a great job!

This boy has also been very busy with his learning. Well done!

This girl was inspired by her Arabian Nights story to make this amazing mermaid cushion with a sequinned back. She has also been learning about flowering plants' life cycles and found some real life examples. 

Lucy has been taking some amazing water photos. Look at this detailed picture of water droplets. 

 This boy has also been doing lots of home learning. He has also been getting outside to be active - a very important thing to do each day if you can!

Ronit has been learning about the different parts of a flower. He had fun dissecting a daffodil!

Well done to all of you, whether you sent pictures in or not. The Y5 teachers have been really impressed by your hard work and are very proud of you all. 

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