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/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.

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 Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. 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 consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC),  Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB).  The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days. 

Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday. 

Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks. 

In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!

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); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday  in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. 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 2020

A very wet week!

Last week we had a heatwave; this week we have had lots of rain. It is a good job the nice weather was here for our Lydgate Virtual School Games - it would not have been as much fun doing the activities in the rain. The scores are in and Y5/Y6 came 6th out of 59 schools. Well done everyone!

As usual, the children at home and at school have been working very hard and having lots of fun. 

Anya and Cyan were inspired, by the David Attenborough science work, to create their own very interesting and professional animal documentaries. Here are some photos from their presentations. 

This girl used acrylic paints to create this beautiful 'water carrying' picture. She worked on it over a few days, blending the sunset colours and using watered-down black for the shadows. 

This boy has been doing lots of home learning this week: a non-chronological report about The Day of the Dead; a newspaper report about The Great Sheffield Flood; measuring volume; and performing on his violin, as part of the Sheffield Music Hub 'Shotgun' project. He also helped his brother with a science project about the digestive system: they made a bread digestive system and then ate it, covered in Nutella!

Here is another informative and well-researched non-chronological report about The Day of the Dead. This boy also tried the maths challenge and managed to get to a volume of 8 before his cocktail sticks and blue tack structure collapsed. 

The children at school have also been very busy this week.

The EC bubble have started working on their 'water carrying' paintings; they will share the finished art work next week. 

They also did lots of research about The Day of the Dead festival and wrote some excellent non-chronological reports. Here is a display of their work. 

The W/R bubble have been enjoying learning some Caribbean performance skills this week, using two beaters on a xylophone. They learnt to play a piece called Island in the Sun. 

What a fantastic collection of work - well done everyone! We are so proud of you all - at home and at school - for keeping motivated and working so hard, even thought we know it isn't always easy for you. We love seeing what you have been doing  so please keep sharing your photos with us at:                 

Have a great weekend!

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26 Jun 2020

A rather warm week!

We have had a heatwave in Sheffield this week and it has been very warm at school - and probably at  home too. However, it takes more than a bit of hot weather to stop the amazing Y5 children learning and we have had another very busy (and a bit sweaty!) week. 

The children at school are now working in 3 'bubbles' - R/J, EC and W/R. In the W/R bubble, the children have been working on their 'water carrying' paintings, mixing colours carefully to create their backgrounds. We can't wait to see the finished paintings. 

They have also been researching places of worship in RE. These girls have worked really hard on the presentation of their work. 

The children from the R/J bubble have been creating their own advert scripts this week; they went outside to perform them and recorded them on iPads. They have also been skipping for fitness - very impressive on one of the hottest days of the year!

Sophie has been working on her 'water carrying' painting; she has created a stunning background which really makes the silhouette stand out. She decided to make a realistic 3D river poster and has also shared some great English home learning work. She chose to write her 'special place' poem about her garden. 

Inayah has also written a very effective poem about her special place - her bedroom. 

This boy loves drawing - especially dragons! He has concentrated on details of the dragons in these realistic sketches. 

Bea has shared lots of her home learning this week, including her informative non-chronological report about the scientist, Eva Crane. 

Ellie has also shared a range of great home learning, including an interesting and beautifully presented river poster. 

Sam used water colours to create his rivers poster. He has also written this interesting and imaginative booklet about the Amazonian Graven fish - a creature he has invented himself. 

Remina has been a home learning star this week and has all this work to share - well done!

Simeon has worked hard on his advert script in his English work; he has also created a great river poster. 

This boy (with help from his brother) has enjoyed creating this fantastic 3D river poster, using bits of recycling, toilet roll paper mache and tissue paper for the bushes. As you can see, he has also done lots of other excellent home learning work, including solving the maths challenge!

Over the last few weeks, we have seen some adorable pets on the Y5 blog. To continue the theme, this girl has something very exciting to share - her gorgeous new puppy, Coco! 

This boy also has a new 'pet' but it is not so cute and fluffy - he has got a Venus flytrap! He did some research and made this fascinating poster about other carnivorous plants. He is also learning a new skill - knitting. 

Thank you all for your hard work this week. Your teachers are really proud of you (I know we keep saying this but it's true!) and love seeing what you have been doing, at home and at school. Please keep sharing your photos with us at:                 

Have a great weekend!

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19 Jun 2020

More great learning and some yummy baking

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

In our English work this week, we have all been looking at some poetry by Jo Coelho and writing poems about our own special places. These children have chosen different places - their garden, their grandma's home in Lancashire and their own homes - to inspire their own poetry. 

Amelia was inspired to write her poem about a place which is special to her - Chatsworth. She also worked hard on the other English tasks for the week and had some interesting ideas for school uniform designs, as well as completing her maths work. 

Ellie also had some great school uniform designs to share, as well as her beautifully presented rivers poster and her maths work. 

Lucy shared this picture of her 'water carrying' art work. Her use of colour in the sunset is really effective. 

Remina has was inspired, by the 'wishing' English unit, to write this story about a greedy boy who wished for ninety bars of chocolate! She also created a great chicken poster and learned about the features of a good website.  

Khalid made up his own story, using ideas from some games he had been playing. 

Divyam took inspiration from this spooky picture to write a suspense story with some very effective and creepy descriptions.

And now for the yummy baking!

Ranveer made these delicious-looking marbled chocolate cookies. 

This boy and his brother had a baking marathon. I hope their family will enjoy eating all these delicious bakes!

Well done again everyone! It is lovely to see all the hard work and fun that is going on. 

Next week is the Lydgate Virtual School Games. Your parents will have had an email about this and you can send in your results next week. We are looking forward to sharing lots of sporty photos on next week's blog. 

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13 Jun 2020

Lots of lovely learning.

Where has the sunshine gone? It has been a very wet and windy week but this has not stopped us from having fun and doing lots of learning. 

At school this week, there were two 'bubbles' of children, one in the EC area and the other in the R/J area. As you can see, they have been working hard on their 'wishing stories'. Here are some extracts from Joel, Annabel and Mannat's stories. 

Raul, Ronit, James, Jacob and Meghan also wrote some interesting 'wishing' stories. 

There has been some brilliant writing going on at home too. 

Oscar has used adjectives really effectively in his exciting story opening. 

Ranveer worked hard on the Lego writing task and has also been doing lots of maths. 

Abigail also sent us her excellent Lego writing, plus lots more great work.  

Ella has been working hard with her brother this week, and has created this beautiful poster about rivers.

Here is another brilliant rivers poster made by Lauren. 

Remina has been very busy with her home learning too. Her insect art is amazingly detailed and must have taken ages to draw. 

This boy and his brother have been joining in with the Joe Wicks workouts to stay active. He has also sent us this interesting newspaper report. 

Bea has been working very hard at home, as you can see. She also sent us this adorable photo of her cute dog and cheeky hamster. 

This boy and his brother have also been very busy: growing cucumbers, peppers and carrots; doing a rivers experiment; having a race to find their own abstract alphabet; and baking yummy red velvet and white chocolate cookies. 

This girl has done lots of home learning too - computing, maths, science and topic - including two fantastic posters. Well done! 

Well done everyone! Your teachers have really enjoyed their phone calls with you and we are so proud of ALL of you! Keep up the good work and, if you can, don't forget to send us a photo of what you get up to next week!

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06 Jun 2020

Back to 'school'

We hope that you all had a happy and healthy half term holiday - lots of alliteration there! As we start a new half term, some of you have been learning at school, while many of you have been doing 'school' at home. Wherever you have been, there has been lots of learning going on, as you will see from all the work that has been shared. 

School has looked a bit different this week, as furniture has been rearranged to allow social distancing. However, although it might look a bit different, it is still the same friendly place and the children have worked hard and had lots of fun. Here are some Y5s working on the Rhi-swano-zeb-tah writing task.

Many of you at home have also been doing this writing task and we have had some great work shared with us, with lots of imaginative creatures. 

Here is Sophie's writing about her Snabifintah. 

Simeon has written about his Monhareirrel.

Nathan has also been working hard on this writing task. 

Here is some work from Amelia. As well as her home learning, she also had a fantastic time on the beach, enjoying the beautiful weather. She was even brave enough to go for a swim in the North Sea - brrr!

This boy has also been busy doing his English work and enjoying reading his latest book, as well as baking and designing a supercar for the Blue Peter competition. His very exciting news is that he is going to bring home this gorgeous puppy - Jazzy - in three weeks' time!

Isla also sent a photo of her pets - these two lovely cats - and has shared some of the home learning she has been doing. 

Sam has been working hard with his grandma, via twice-weekly Zoom meetings, to write his own exciting story based on 'The Game' workbook. 

He also used circuits - and his new glue gun - to create this impressive lighthouse model. The top rotates and the light comes on, just like a real lighthouse. 

Ellie has been at school this week but also found time to do lots of home learning. 

This girl has also been very creative. She has sewn her own protective mask to wear, made a poster about saving water, created her own patchwork piece and made this very professional-looking Swiss roll. 

This girl has also been using her sewing and creative skills this week. She used a weaving loom to make the background for her amazing patchwork piece and made herself a mask and matching scrunchie.

We have had more lovely patchwork squares for Mrs Smith's 'Patchwork Piano'; she is very excited to collect them and join them together when school is fully open again. 

These lovely designs are by Imogen and her sister Caitlin ... 

... and here is another great design by Annabel. 

This boy hasn't done much writing this week because he has injured his thumb. He has been very brave! He also wanted to share this book, which he is really enjoying reading. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what these people have shared with us. Don't forget to send your photos to and your work could be featured on the blog next week!

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