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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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11 Mar 2019

Friday 15th March

Science Week in Year 6
The overall theme for the week was 'EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY' We looked at a different area each day.
Day 1: The Home
Today we had some visitors from Sheffield University.  They were chemical engineers.  The professor explained what Chemical Engineering is and then we were able to go to some different activities.  Chemical engineering is converting raw materials in to something that we use to help us or to improve our life style.   The activities we were shown were: making candy floss from raw sugar, looking at how something is produced in bulk and also looking at how power is best supplied to different places.  It was a really enjoyable morning.
Back in our classrooms we were investigating forces and looking at how Newton's law of motion played its part in our toy cars.  We had to use the power from the balloon to make our car move forwards.  Even though the force from the balloon was going in the opposite direction our cars went forwards.  We had races to see which car would travel the furthest.  We found that the cars worked better on smooth surfaces as there was less friction than out side surfaces or than on the carpet.

Day 2: Outdoors

We started our second day of science week with a fascinating talk in the hall from an embryologist. She told us all about her job and how she helps people to have babies. She showed us photographs of her lab and explained that the lab was quite dark because the embryos are very sensitive. She explained the qualities an embryologist needs such as good observation skills and she explained that we can start to develop these skills at school. Finally, she showed us a time lapse video of an embryo splitting up into cells and beginning to grow. It was really interesting!

Each class also had a session in the forest. During this session, we toasted marshmallows and had hot chocolate. Also, we had a treasure hunt where we had to find chocolate coins which were hidden. There was a hammock for people to sit in, there were small blocks of ice to sculpt and we had trowels to dig and then magnifying glasses and identification cards to see what creature we had discovered.  

As today is outdoor exploration and discover day we have spent the day carrying out investigations around the school. Some children have been investigating the ages of different trees. We did this by measuring the circumference of the tree. We were then told that for every 2.5cm of the circumference it represented about one year of growth so we divided the circumference by 2.5 to find the rough age of the tree. We were set a challenge to see who could find the oldest and youngest tree in the school.

Other classes carried out an investigation using small canisters of warm water. The aim was to keep the water as warm as possible for the longest length of time. Some of us placed the canisters around school thinking about which places would be the warmest, others wrapped the canisters in different types of material. We then took the temperatures of the water to see which places or materials had kept them warm for the longest. Some of us then plotted line graphs to compare the findings from two different canisters and decide which material kept the water the warmest.

Day Three: The World 

Trash islands.

We thought about how we use plastics in our lives - at home and at school - then found out about what happens to some plastics once we have finished with them. What we discovered was shocking! A lot of plastic waste ends up in the oceans and can form 'trash islands' and be eaten by or kill wildlife. It is thought that more that five trillion pieces of plastic are in the world's oceans and it can take many years for it to break down. Experts think that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish in the ocean.

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We investigated how we can reduce our use of single-use plastics and made plans for how we can each make a difference and help to stop this happening to our world. Easy things to do are: reuse water bottles rather than buying them each time; ask not to have a straw in drinks when you are out; recycle everything that you can.

These websites have lots of interesting information and advice about the effects of single-use plastics and reducing plastic waste.


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We also found out about a famous explorer named Ernest Shackleton, who attempted to cross Antarctica in

1914 with a team of men. Their boat was trapped in ice and crushed and they faced many dangers and hardships, before returning home in 1916. Shackleton was a great leader and kept his team going. It was like a miracle that not one of them died. Nigel Vardy, a mountain climber and expert on Shackleton, came to tell us all about the incredible experience. He told us lots of details about the trip (for example, they had to eat the contents of a leopard seal's stomach to survive) and showed us some equipment that would have been used. He also showed us his own collection of cards about the expedition from the time, which would have been given away in packs of cocoa powder, cigarettes and tea. These are very rare and we were lucky to see them.

We had a great day and learned a lot.


Day 4: Space


We started the day by making science fortune tellers. They will help us to remember different scientific facts. Archie is on a mission to memorise all of them!


Then we looked at our science week homework. The variety was amazing. We had quizzes, matching games, a mobile, a space story, alien drawings, top trumps, board games, a poem, a whole bunch of wordsearches, fact files and cool mnemonics to help us to remember planets. Absolutely brilliant!


Then it was time to  learn all about the very first moon landing in 1969. It's the 50th anniversary in July this year. We watched this short film from National Geographic. It told us the story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and their exciting voyage to be the first men to go to the moon.


Mrs Ainsworth showed us a scrap book she made when she was our age. It had newspaper cuttings from 1969 all about the moon landings and what happened when the astronauts returned home. This started a lifelong fascination with space for Mrs Ainsworth. She still loves it today!


We learnt lots of facts about the moon too and made our own mindmaps to show what we know.



We learnt new words like asthenosphere, lithosphere and regolith which form the different layers of the moon. We labelled diagrams and made our own 3D models of the moon, showing the different parts. We had to put craters, lowlands (marias) and highlands on the outside and then we rolled the moon's crust in glitter to represent the regolith (loose rocks, dust and soil particles).


In the afternoon, we listened to 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie and analysed the lyrics. Lincoln and George like listening to 'old' music so they were really good at it!

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We also had a visit to the 'Wonderdome ' which was set up in the hall. It was really dark inside and we watched a film all about space. The film was projected all around the dome. Here are some of the facts we have learnt.

"Mars used to have lakes and oceans. They have disappeared and no one knows why." Abdalla

"There's more water on Europa (one of Jupiter's moons) than there is on Earth." Lincoln

"It would take around 20 years to get to Pluto and back." Stella

"Jupiter has 67 moons." Anjali

Friday and Comic Relief!

After all the fun of Science week, we had even more fun on Red Nose Day. We were allowed to dress in red and bring in a £1 donation. We had a Y6 cake sale at playtime.

Our sale made £66.15. All the proceeds are going to be added together with the other year group collections so that we get a grand school total. Look out for the final total in the school newsletter and on the website.

Thank you to everyone (children, staff, families and visitors) for a fantastic, fun-filled week!

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07 Mar 2019

Friday 8th March

The Apprentice Sale.

Our doors opened for business on Wednesday morning at our Year 6 Apprentice Sale. We had been busy preparing, making, baking and organising and the day had finally arrived. Every class in the school visited and spent their money. We had a wide variety of stalls - keyrings, friendship bracelets, yummy cakes and biscuits, fruit kebabs, tombola, smoothies, hot chocolate, lots of games and challenges, something for everyone.

It was a huge success and we raised an amazing record amount of £967.94 which will be added to our Edale Fund. INCREDIBLE!

We are so proud of ourselves and would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and all our parents, families and friends for supporting us.


World Book Day.

This was a great day for all of Year 6. We all had a cosy read to enjoy our favourite books. Most of us dressed up as some book characters. This was an amazing day as we all got to do a scavenger hunt organised by Miss Norris. We had to follow clues and find out the name of different books that you should read before you leave primary school. As well as that, there was a secret reader challenge where 18 of the teachers took a photo of themselves with a book in front of their face so we couldn't tell who it was. Then we had to guess who the teacher was. It was really easy to guess which one was Mrs Loosley because she was sat in a pink chair. Everyone had lots of fun; we enjoyed reading, too.


Chess champion crowned in Y6JP

After a hard fought match in the final of our chess tournament, we finally have a winner!

Well done to everyone who took part, thank you to the organisers and congratulations to our champion. Enjoy your book and chocolate!

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28 Feb 2019

Friday 1st March

6CW  gets ready for the Apprentice Sale
In 6CW we have been spending time working in our groups planning our Apprentice Sale which is happening next Wednesday morning.  We have got ourselves in to groups and have been working out our business plan and sorting out who is doing what job.  We are hoping that we all make a profit and that we have some nice weather as a couple of our business ideas take place outside.
6JP work with angles
Y6JP have been honing their geometry skills this week. We have been revisiting using a protractor to measure angles which is not as easy as you might think! We learnt lots of angle facts too which we then used to calculate angles (no protractors allowed) We also learnt about angles on parallel lines and corresponding and alternate angles.
A couple of in-school competitions
On Wednesday, 6CW and 6JP took part in a netball tournament. We were split into 10 teams across the two classes and we all played each other in 5 minute games. It was 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.There was a tie for first place so we had a play off at the end. It was really good fun!
And the winners were.......
The semi-final of the grand chess tournament took place this week in 6JP. We had two hard fought games but we now have two people for the final next week.
Who will be victorious? Fraser or Louis? Visit the blog next week to find out!

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13 Feb 2019

Thursday 14th February

Y6NL in the woods.

On Monday, we made squirrel assault courses based on an old Carling Black Label advert. We made them out of only natural things we found in the forest. After that, we had delicious hot chocolate and biscuits.

On Wednesday, we split into 2 groups. Half of the time we made woodland charms and the other half of the time we made woodland perfume. For the woodland charms, we decorated slices of tree trunks. We could draw anything we liked as long as it was woodland themed. Once we had finished, we threaded string through them and hung them on a tree. We now have them hanging in our classroom and they look really nice. We made the woodland perfumes by finding different things from the forest that smelt nice and combining them to make a nice-smelling mixture. We added water to dilute it. We had to make a forest smell - some of them smelled amazing!

We were very lucky with the weather and had lots of fun.

 Mr Killick visits to talk business

All the year 6s were treated to a talk from Mr Killick this week. He is a small business advisor and came to talk to us before we set up our own businesses for our Apprentice Sale. He told us how he failed a couple of times but it didn't stop him and he went on to form his own successful business. He learnt from his mistakes!

He gave us some good ideas for our Apprentice Sale which is going to be on the morning of WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH. All the Y6s are going to think about their businesses over the holidays and come back with their ideas so we can work on our stalls for the big day. We are hoping to make lots of money towards our Edale Fund.

Area formulas

Y6JP have been working on area this week. We already knew the formula for  finding out the area of a rectangle (A = L x H) We learnt how to find the area of a triangle and the formula for that ( 1/2 B x H)

We then put together what we knew to find the area of compound shapes. We are all pretty confident now!

 Chess tournament quarter finals

The atmosphere was very tense in Y6JP on Wednesday afternoon as we saw the quarter finals of our chess tournament take place. After some close matches we now have our semi-finalists.

The semi-finals will be played after half term. Well done to Fin, Louis, Wilf and Fraser. Good luck - get some practice in over the holidays!









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08 Feb 2019

Friday 8th February

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday this week was global Safer Internet Day. The theme this year was 'Together for a better internet.' You can read all about it here.

In Year 6, we had lots of discussions about what permission and consent means and that we need to be confident when we say yes or no. Mrs Farrell did a special assembly and we all filled in questionnaires about our online behaviour and attitudes. We also watched news clips, heard some real life stories and did some quizzes.

Y6JP have been working on a game in our computing lessons. The overall message had to be about online safety. We put the finishing touches to them this week.

If you want to find out more about keeping safe online, we like the CBBC newsround website.

Fraction Art

It's been test week this week so we've had lots to do! As a break from all the extra hard thinking, Y6JP have been working on some kaleidoscope pictures. These are made by carefully cutting out fractions of circles and arranging them in a symmetrical pattern.

 Here we are - work in progress!

And here are the finished pictures. Aren't they beautiful?

Chess tournament quarter finalists announced!

The first two rounds of the grand Y6JP chess tournament have been played and we are pleased to announce that these children will play in the quarter finals next week.

Well done to: Fin, Wilf, Archie, James, Lincoln, Louis, Fraser and Jamie.

A big thank you to everyone that took part.

Do you know your flags?

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Y6JP do! We have been learning flags of the world over the last few weeks and this afternoon we did a big quiz to see who had the best flag knowledge. We had a nail-biting head to head at the end as George and Fin both got 27/30! George just pipped Fin in the end to receive the golden prize - a box of Maltesers!

We enjoyed our quiz so much, we are going to make it a regular feature. Mrs Purdom is thinking we might learn rivers or mountains of the world next. We'll let you know.


In our class we have been thinking about what makes a good suspense story.  We have tried to write stories that: lull the reader in to a false sense of security; have short sentences for dramatic effect; and delay revealing the scary thing.  Here are a few of our examples.  We hope you aren't scared reading them.

A little note from Mrs Wymer:  Very well done on your class assembly.  Although we didn't have all that long to prepare for it, you gave your parents a real flavour of all the things we do here at school.  You showed real character and just how well you get on together as a team.  

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