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.
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.
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
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....
Class bonding in Edale
Each class went into the Peak District to do some team building this week.
We went so that we could get to know each other, to build up trust and to work with new people. We did many different activities. Some of them included crate stacking, spiders web and robot wars. We all enjoyed doing the crate stack because everyone got something to do. Here are Y6JP in action!
On Wednesday our class Year 6CW went to Edale because we have been split up and the idea was that we worked as a team and made new friends. We did lots of fun activities but at some points the weather let us down. One of the best activities was the crate stacking, one person had to put a harness on and get lifted up in the air. Whilst the others stacked crates up for them to stand on and you had to get as many crates up as possible.
Y6NL were really lucky with the weather and the sun shone on us all day! We learned that we all need to work together as a team and communicate. The Spider's Web was fun - you had to get through spaces and we got to lift people up and put them through. The Pipe Task was good - we all had pipes and had to make a pathway to send a ball down. It was quite hard but fun. Eating lunch was good and we got to see some places where we might stay if we are going to the residential in June. We had a great day.
And in other class news.......
Some exciting new books to read
First, to see which books we wanted, we got some cards that had information on it all about the book. Once we found the card we wanted we found the book on the book shelf. It took a while to choose!
We are loving our 100 new books. Issy has already read lots of them but we've found a few she hasn't!
For our homework we had to make something creative that included interesting facts about world war 2. We shared what we had done with our friends in the class. We went around the classroom and talked about our work and showed our powerpoints to each other. We learnt lots of new things.
And here's what it looks like all together on a display.
Some sticky class pets
Here are our class pets. We've got 5 stick insects which we have to clean out every week Jaden and Alistair are taking charge of them for us. We get to let them crawl on us. They like to dangle from the roof of their cage. Jaden thinks we should give them names but how can we tell the difference? They all look like sticks!
In 6CW we looked and then wrote our own autobiography about ourselves. It was really interesting writing about ourselves because , we didn't known things about other people and have found out lots about each other. We also started reading our class novel that was called Kensuke's Kingdom . We are really excited about reading the rest of Kensuke's kingdom .
This morning, we picked and baked apples for our stall at the barbecue, ‘Sweet, Sweet Apple Treats!’. Yes, we, Y6CP, did this, on our own (with a bit of a tutorial from the wonderful teacher, Mrs Hornsey). We will be selling baked apple goods (hence our name) so be sure to stop by! We have worked very hard on these goods, so please come and taste our ‘Sweet, Sweet, Apple Treats!’.
A message from the Year 6 staff for children and parents
A very warm welcome to you all. It's been a very positive first week and we are really excited about what the future holds. Life in Year 6 is lots of fun. We have a rich and varied curriculum - it's really busy and we expect all the children to work hard and try their very best.
Here is just a flavour of what we do, along with some homework details.
Maths and English lessons are timetabled each day but we always ensure that we make time for two P.E. sessions a week. We ask that children always have a clearly labelled P.E. kit in school and appropriate footwear for both indoor and outdoor games. The kit can be taken home each half term holiday for a really good wash! Music and ICT lessons feature weekly as well as cross-curricular study. We also commit to the 'Daily Mile' (ask the children) and regular Forest Schools sessions in our fantastic woodland. There will be 6 sessions over the term - your teachers will let you know when. These take place regardless of weather; heavy rain doesn't stop us! Our time in the woods is always popular and really enjoyable. We ask that the children have suitable outdoor shoes, warm clothes and a waterproof coat for these sessions. It's a good idea to bring a carrier bag too as it can get really muddy down there. You will also need to provide a mug for hot chocolate, which can be left in school. A letter will follow soon with more details.
Each week there will be a set of spellings to learn. Spellings will be sent home on Monday to be learnt (little and often) over the week ready for a dictation on Friday. We will practise these words in class each day too.
Every child will also be receiving three different homework books. One for READING, one for GRAMMAR and one for MATHS. Homework often reinforces what we have done in class and is good extra practice. The tasks are quite short and the children will have a full week (including a weekend) to complete them. All homework will be set and due in on Wednesday, unless your teacher tells you differently.
It's also beneficial to check out the MyMaths and TTRockstars websites where the children will find little tasks to complete, again linked to the learning taking place in class.
We set a more detailed research type homework during the Christmas and Easter holiday. This is used to kick-start our new topics.
During this first week your child should have arrived home with a planner. The children will use it to note down important things such as their timetables, trips and any special events. It is also a very useful communication tool between home and school so please feel free to write in it. We will pick up any notes or messages as the planners are checked on a weekly basis. Obviously our doors are always open to you should you need to come and see us in person. We just ask that you try to catch us at the end of the day rather than during the morning rush.
The children will write and update this blog each week. It's published every Friday and it's a really good way of keeping up with what's been happening in each of our four classes, so please do remember to have a look.
And finally, a very big WELL DONE to all the children on a fantastic first week - here's to many more!
From the Year 6 team.
PS Don't forget your waterproof coat and packed lunch for the team-building trips to Edale next week.
Monday is Y6CP
Tuesday is Y6JP
Wednesday is Y6CW
Thursday is Y6NL
That's exactly what we've been this week.
We are so busy preparing for our final week at Junior School. There are meetings every lunchtime to prepare for our Prom in a week's time and there are rehearsals for our Leavers' Assembly in less than a week's time (eek!)
Everywhere you look, someone is busy doing something. You can see cellists in corners, dancers on the grass, footballers on the yard, actors in cloakrooms, singers in the music room, paper pineapples in cupboards and glitter on the floor. Not to mention work going on behind the scenes: writing letters, collecting money and ordering food.
And on top of all of this, we have squashed in a couple of lessons and taken part in a fun-filled Sports Day! A massive thank you to Mrs Wymer and her team of Year 6 helpers for putting on such a brilliant event.
We know next week will be fantastic - we will be creating new memories, which we are very excited about. We're working hard to make it extra special. We really are an amazing team!
Reminder of times:
Leavers' Assembly - Wednesday 19th July 9.15am
Y6 Prom - Thursday 20th July 5.30 - 8.00pm
Y6NL 'INSEJ' Day!
A few weeks ago, our class had an election to see who could run a school day the best. We got into parties and created our manifestos; then we then we gave a presentation in front of the class. We were given ballot papers and we had to choose who we thought would do the best job. We got the results the next day and it turned out that INSEJ (Ingrid, Nyah, Stan, Evie, Jensen) won!
So, on Monday, we finally did it. For morning work, we asked the class to design a cake on a piece of paper and we chose a 3rd, 2nd and 1st place winner. Clara was 3rd, Amelia G was 2nd and Bay was 1st!! After that, we made a chocolate salami which had: melted chocolate, biscuits, mixed fruit, nuts and rice krispies in it. It was really nice!
After break, we did drama. We planned and rehearsed scenes from Stormbreaker, Macbeth and Room 13. Everyone got into groups and peformed the scene in front of the class and then the INSEJ team chose who had done it the best. The overall winners were Holly, Clara, Shreya, Amelia H and Alicia!
After lunch, we went down to the bottom yard to play football and into the woods, where we ate our chocolate salamis!
It was really good and the chocolate salamis were very tasty! Well done INSEJ, you gave us a really fun day!
Y6JP go trapping in the woods
On Monday afternoon Callum's mum (who is a scientist) came into school to help us set traps for small mammals. We had to leave them overnight to see if they worked. On Tuesday morning we looked in them. What would we find?!
Firstly, we went down to the forest to check our traps and to see if we had caught anything. Some of the traps had been exploded or disturbed. What had happened to them?
We tied a bit pink fabric near to where our traps were so that we could find them. We had a look to see if we had caught anything...
Gently, Callum's mum opened all the traps to see if we had caught an animal but unfortunately we hadn't caught anything. BUT, we had set up a hidden camera in the forest. After we had checked the traps, we went back to class and we had a look at the photos we took.
In one of the photos there was a squirrel.
On another we saw a magpie.
After that, we saw this animal and we weren't sure what it was at first but then we thought that it might be a cat.
After we saw this photo, we didn't think it was a cat anymore, we thought that it was a fox.
As soon as we saw this, we were definite that this was a fox but it wasn't just any fox. It was a very curious fox. It got really close to the camera!
And then we saw this. We laughed because we realised that it was having a poo!
Thank you to Callum's mum. We learnt lots about animal behaviour in our woods after dark.
Some of us attended an athletics competition and we came an amazing first place with 161 points in total. This was the last competition we will do as Year 6s and it was a really good one.
The people that took part were:
Dannii, Esme, Pinga, Eve, Thea, Letty, Grace P, Kennedy and Kassidy.
Joe B, Tom Wales, Dom, Andrew, Ollie G, Amidu, Shuayb, George and Scott.
Here are a couple of pictures of our afternoon.
Fidget Spinner Maths.
Now, we've all heard of fidget spinners; if you're a parent - or even a teacher - they can cause havock in the classroom/house! Now, just think what it would have been like for our teachers on Monday! On Monday, our class did a mathematical investigation. Have you ever wondered whether a fidget spinner spins better at 45 or 180 degrees? This question has puzzled us for weeks! The investigation was simple - all you needed was: a stop watch , with the right setting; a piece of paper, to record your time on; and, of course, a fidget spinner! All we did was sit and spin. The results were rather surprising - they ranged from 30 seconds to 10 minutes! Finally, we had to draw a graph to make our results easy to read, why don't you try it yourself?