Year 6 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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20 Apr 2018

Friday 20th April

Hello and welcome back to the summer term! It's our last term in primary school and the sun is shining!

We are looking forward to working hard and making some great memories, which we will remember for the rest of our lives.

First though, comes some hard work. We are all busy revising and getting ready for our SATs in a few weeks. Our teachers are preparing by giving us lots of maths and English lessons. They're making sure that we haven't forgotten anything!

In Y6JP we have been brushing up on algebra this week.

Algebra is letters that represent numbers. You have to work out what the value of the letter is. For example: 

b x s =48    If b=6 what is the value of s?

We had also been working on  BIDMAS (Brackets Indices Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction) which, we found out, is important for algebra too. For example:

A rectangle has sides of r cm and s cm. Therefore:

a) The perimeter of the rectangle is  2(r + s) cm 

b) The area of the rectangle is  rs cm2          

Me and Rebecca moved on to a challenge where we had to work out what different shapes were in calculations and change them into numbers. For example:

[] x [] = ()

We started with the upside down isosceles and after that it was easier.

Then we looked at  square x square x square = semi-circle. We then knew that square had to be 2 because the answer needed to be a number under 12 and 2x2x2 is the only number which would work. This meant that we knew the semicircle had to = 8 too.     

The last calculation was isosceles  x semi-circle = isosceles which meant isosceles had to be 0.  

I thought it was a fun activity but it was challenging too - we learnt a lot!

This is our solution.

Written by Oliver


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28 Mar 2018

Thursday 30th March

Nigel Vardy visits again!

This time as Mr Frostbite. He came to tell us his story this time. It was an amazing story about resilience, courage and bravery.He got stuck in severe weather on Mount McKinley with his friends Anthony and Steve and they were in great danger. They all looked after each other but Nigel got terrible frostbite and lost all his fingers and toes. Some of his slides were gruesome (like when he sneezed his nose off or his toes turned black from frostbite) and his fake fingers were horrible but some slides were very interesting and inspirational. He also had many inspiring quotes and sayings that represented his determined character and personality. We enjoyed it very much, and Ben now wants to follow his dreams and climb Mount Everest as well as swimming the channel. Ben - you CAN do it! :-)

Y6JP made some comic strips about Nigel and his friends and what they went through.

If you want to know more about Nigel and his story, you can visit his website. He still climbs mountains and blogs about his experiences. He really does take your breath away!

Mountain range posters

On Wednesday we finished our awesome mountain range posters. We have worked on them for a long time in ICT and geography. They are jam- packed with lots of pictures and facts all about our chosen mountain range. The amazing posters were all based on the mountain ranges from across different continents. We have been learning about the: Himalayas, Alps, Rockies, Appalachians, Urals and the Andes. 

The Annual Easter Egg Competition

Loads of people love this Lydgate Junior School tradition. There were some eggcellent (see what we did there?) entries and 6 winners per year group. For our year 6 classes this was their last ever easter egg competition and they did us proud. Here are some of the entries.

And here are the winners! Well done to them, and everyone who entered.

A big thank you to Mrs Ainsworth too who organised the whole event. What a star!

And finally......

Your teachers would like to say a really big thank you to you all for working so hard this term and also to your parents for supporting you with homeworks, the Appprentice Sale, music lessons, film night, remembering PE kits and instruments, the list goes on........

Have a lovely holiday - enjoy being with family and friends, have a relaxing time, eat lots of chocolate and don't forget the revision homework!




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23 Mar 2018

Friday 23rd March


 We have been in the woods on Tuesday afternoon building nests for small creatures.   We have thought about warmth and insultation and the materials that small animals can use.  Here are some of our creations.

We have also taken thermometers out and tested which nest kept a container of water warmest.  We found that the water cooled down very quickly when it was outside.  The more insulation in the nest, the warmer the water was kept. My group (Evie, Sophie H and Ruby) used a stone plate and lots of dry leaves. The water was 76 degrees celcius to start with and are team got 38 degrees celcuis which was the highest.


Inspired by the story of Mallory and Irvine's quest to climb Everest, we have been thinking about what it would have felt like to get to the top. We have started to write some descriptive passages to convey our thoughts and actions as if we were there. We've tried to paint a picture with our words. Here are a few of our first drafts. We've tried to 'hook' you in, can you tell?

We all think they got to the top and died on the way back down. We have decided that we don't want their camera to be found, ever. As Finn says, "We don't want the legend to die."


On Tuesday, we all went out to Manchester Road and cheered the sofa along. They were fiming and taking photos of the sofa being push by Paul, Amy and Jhon. If you want to see photos and videos look on twitter, @bbcsofa and you will see them on there. We found out that their target was £100,000. They are really close to reaching their target. They visited on day 6. They also said our banners and posters were amazing.

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13 Mar 2018

Friday 16th March

Cake Sale

On Monday, Matt, James, Abdul, Taimur and Max (Y6CP & Y6CW) organised a cake sale. They held it in the practical area because of the weather. It was for Year 5s and 6s - all homemade cakes, which were delicious! The boys raised .......


which they would like to go towards our Edale fund. Thank you boys.

Mallory and Irvine.

On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the mountaineer Nigel Vardy, who is an expert on Mallory and Irvine. Mallory and Irvine were two people who took part in the quest to climb Everest in 1924, but nobody knows if they ever reached the top. After being last seen by geoligist, Noel Odell, they were never known to come back down. Over the years, lots of people searched for the lost bodies of the climbers. It is said that they took a camera from a fellow climber in order to take a photo of themselves if they reached the summit. But that camera was never found. Nigel's opinion was that the camera was best never to be found so that the mystery remains unsolved. We like to think they got to the top!

He spoke about the equipment, clothing and footwear they had when climbing Everest. They wore thick leather boots with nails on the bottom for grips. They took tin cutlery because it was suitable however their hands and tongues got stuck to them. The equipment they used were ropes made of wool that became stiff once wet and wooden ladders. They also had ice axes that you could use to hack at the ice or for support.

It was really interesting and we are looking forward to seeing him again in two weeks when he comes back to tell us about his own adventures on a mountain! 

The Apprentice Sale

We had all worked really hard on preparing and organising our businesses for the annual Year 6 Apprentice Sale. There was going to be all sorts of stalls and games and treats and we were going to open our doors for business on Wednesday morning. we couldn't wait!

The big day finally arrived and it was a huge success. The whole school had the chance to come and spend their money. We think most of it was spent on slime!!

Here we are in action.

The money was collected and given to Mrs Cooke to count with her magnificent money counting machine. We are pleased to announce that the grand total raised was ............


We are amazed at how much we raised - and so are our teachers. This will all go towards our Edale residential fund and we are very proud that we have helped to pay towards some of the trip.

Mr Benson visits Year 6

On Thursday, a teacher from Tapton, called Mr Benson came to teach us about physical geography and human geography . We learnt the difference between them and did some work on the American landmarks and if we thought they were human or physical. We learned a lot from him (he knew so much about geography) and it gave us a good idea of what secondary school will be like. We are all very excited now!

Last week's Film Night

Last Friday, the Year 6s organised a film night - with lots of help from FOLA who provided us with food and drinks and the film 'Paddington.' It was a great night, everyone who came really enjoyed it. There were tywear 3s, 4s , 5s and 6s present - it was really fun to watch a film after school in the dark hall. We raised.....


This will go towards our Edale fund too. Thank you to everyone who helped us. 

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08 Mar 2018

Friday 9th March

Curious Creatures in Y6JP

In science this week, we have been thinking about what we have learnt about classifying animals. We know about the Linnaeus system so we thought about that when made up our own animals. They could be a vertebrate or invertebrate and needed to fit into one of the groups within it. So, our animal could be a fish, mammal, bird, mollusc, echinoderm, etc. Some of us decided to create new animals by doing a mixture from two groups. We got the idea by finding out about the duck-billed platypus which is a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal!

Here are a few examples of our new creatures. We had fun trying to classify them!

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We had a special visitor at Lydgate Juniors today. We were proud to show off our school and all the great things we do. We hope she enjoyed her day too!

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