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 (3JD), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Reasbeck & Mrs Drury (3R/D). Mr Jones teaches 3JD on Fridays. We also have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain.
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 ,Mrs Jones (5R/J), Miss Roberts (5AR), Mrs Holden and Mrs de Brouwer (5H/deB). . Many children are supported by Teaching Assistants who work with children across the school. 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 Tuesday morning teachers are Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper 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....
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?
Forest schools - Outdoor Cooking Week.
The whole of year 6 had a terrific time doing out door cooking this week. Each class spent a morning or afternoon in the woods, learning and having lots of fun, led by our instructor, Rohan. There was a selection of different activities to do, from cooking on an open fire to den building; there was something for everyone.
Here's what we thought.......
We had a great time doing forest schools in the woods!
We made pizzas from muffins, ketchup and cheese. They were delicious and everyone enjoyed them. The dens were made from tarpaulin, logs and they were held together by ropes. we got sprayed with water to decide whether the dens were water proof or not. Nearer the end of the morning, we roasted marshmallows on the fire.
We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about the forest.
Cooking on a real fire!
We made mini pizzas and toasted marshmallows. We had to do the 'Wilson Crouch' around the fire so that we were safe.
"The pizzas were very easy to make and tasted great!" JOE
"Making the dens gave me a great experience but the baking gave my tummy a great time." EHAB
"I was so amazed by how good the pizza muffins tasted." LOUIS
We had a basket of stuff and we had to use it and work together to make a den.
"I thought that the best part of forest schools was making the dens and showing them to every one else. The funniest part was when Rohan -the forest schools teacher- squirted us with water." LYDIA
"I loved making the dens, as well as roasting marshmallows - it was all very nice and we loved it." MARIUM
Weaving a talisman.
We've made these before so we were experts!
Hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Yum, yum, yum.
"I thought the day was packed with interesting and exiting stuff. I love being in the forest; I think forest schools is the best lesson that the school teaches. My favourite bit was building the dens. The first time Rohan came to judge the dens I was totally shocked when he started to spray us. It was really funny." ERIK
We had a fantastic afternoon on Monday! We each made a talisman as well as some great shelters. Then, we had great fun testing if they were waterproof - some of us got a bit wet. We also made mini pizzas and cooked them in a fire pit. After that, we toasted marshmallows over the fire, they were yummy!
In Y6CW we have been having the perfect afternoon. It was the best fun that we have had in ages! We had a great time cooking, weaving tallismen, making dens and hunting for boggarts. Rohan, who gave us a fantastic time, was a perfect leader that afternoon. Here are a few pictures:
"It was a fun and great experience, my favourite bit was toasting the delicious marshmallows and cooking the pizzas"
"You can tell we are having an absolutely brilliant time!"
"Absolutely amazing lesson, I would love to have the same experience again!"
"it was great fun, also the perfect time for class bonding."
Class General Elections on Thursday
Election Fever hit our classes on Thursday and as the whole country were visiting polling stations to cast their votes, we had our own class elections.
In Y6JP, we looked at the different manifestos written by the different political parties.
Then, we wrote our own manifestos to persuade voters that our party would deliver the best school day. Whoever wins the election will run a whole day for our class in a couple of weeks. We had to have some maths, English and some outdoor learning in our day but it was totally up to us to be creative.
Here we are working on our own manifestos.
Here are our official party photographs.
Here we are putting our final votes in the ballot box.
The votes were counted and verified on Thursday evening and the winning party was declared as the FIZZDOODLE Party who have promised a well-planned day of maths and English puzzles, art activities, an obstacle course and a chance to come to school in pyjamas.
Watch this space for news of our special day when it's over to us!
Upgrading our Seating area
Y6JP set to work planting tubs and hanging baskets, hanging bunting and generally titivating! We were joined by the children from Y5AP who raised money for the seating area earlier in the year. Here we are, hard at work. In the rain!
A giant puddle had collected on the furniture - Mrs Sharrock thought it was a hot tub!
Here's the finished area. We think it looks great and can't wait to use it properly.
We are good to go. Now all we need is the sunshine!
A really big thank you goes to the QAC (Quiet Area Committee - see what we did there?) and the children from Year 5 for seeing this project through. Brilliant!
And finally, we are off to Edale.....
We are so excited to be going on our Year 6 residential to Edale this weekend. Thank you to all the members of staff who are giving up their weekends to take us and a big shout out to Mrs Loosley who has organised the whole trip for us.. We know we are going to have lots of fun!
More news next week!