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 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Proctor.
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 Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC). Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. 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....
In Year 6, we have been reading fantastic, short suspense stories to help to inspire us with writing our own. We have identified the features of suspense stories and we now understand how they are structured. We noticed that many suspense stories end with a cliff hanger ending, leaving the reader intrigued as to what will happen next. We can also recognise 'foreshadowing' in texts and these 'hints of danger' can sometimes be misleading, like red herrings - throwing us off the scent, but then as the plot unfolds, another problem creeps in. We are looking forward to writing our own suspense stories.
Recently, we wrote stories based on the mystery genre. It was very different to what we usually do in English. The first activity we did on it was last term (before Christmas) and that was learning about Harris Burdick and his mystery book, which is a mystery in itself, Harris went missing on the night that he showed the pictures to Peter Wenders (author). We enjoyed coming up with ideas based on pictures given to us with a bit of writing on the side, we would pick out a sheet and that was what we were doing. We would only use the sheets as small foundations though because we would add a lot of our own ideas, characters and settings.
We have now moved on to writing our own suspense stories using the Alma video clip. We have used different writing techniques to keep our readers on edge and keep them guessing about what is going to happen next. We are really enjoying writing these!
This week we started to read a book called Room 13. This book is a mystery story and suspense story it is a very interesting story and we are all enjoying it. We are reading this story to help us with our suspense stories, which are all coming along brilliantly. Room 13 is one of our favourite books already (and we’ve just started it). The story is about a school residential to Whitby where she gets scared about Dracula. Is he real? We can't wait to find out more!
By Jacob 6AP
This week in English we have been looking at suspense. We watched two short films called Alma and Francis. We wrote a sequel to Alma and in pairs we wrote a short suspense story about somebody in an abandoned cinema. Miss Norris was very impressed with our suspense stories!
In book study we are reading Room 13. We are about halfway through already. We have read up to the part where the main character Fliss finds another girl with two bite sized scabs on her neck.
In other exciting news, we would like to congratulate Miss Norris who got engaged this weekend!!!
This week we stared reading a book called THE BOY IN THE TOWER by Polly Ho-Yen.Its about a boy called Ade who lives in the flats on the 17th floor. Blutchers are demolishing buildings they are plants with big leaves and purple flowers.His mum is sick and hurt we wonder what will happen next.
by Piper and Jasper Y6
Happy New Year!
Firstly, welcome back to Mrs Phillips who has returned from her maternity leave back to Year 6.The Year has started well with a fantastic visit to Crucial Crew, which has given the children lots to be thinking about. The visit covered the following aspects:
• Road safety
• How to travel safely on a bus
• Child Criminal Exploitation
- • First aid
As part of the learning the children visited a replica pub, a bus, a playground and a courtroom. They learned about the consequences involved if you break the law.
This week ,all y6s went to Crucial crew. We learnt skills like what happens when you hear a smoke alarm go off in the night. On the set, it was like a mini village! There was a park, a courtroom, a police station and even a pub.
We learnt that you can be sent to prison for four years for just carrying a knife.
It was a really interesting school trip and a great first week back at school from the Christmas holidays.
Another ‘Show us what you know’ homework!
After Christmas, we start our new topic. This time it’s geography based and is called
‘The Amazing Americas’
In class, we will be looking specifically at the landscape of North America
So, your job this holiday is to show off what you already know (and what else you can find out!) about South America
You should remember lots from Year 4 when you did your project on the Amazon. We would like you to build on this and widen your research. What can you find out about South America? You could choose to look at a particular country, or do some map work about the whole continent. You might want to focus on food or animals. You could research South American rivers or mountains.
You can present your homework however you like. However, if you made a PowerPoint last time, try something different this time. Why not have a go at making an information poster, or a model? You could create a travel guide or a painting? Maybe you could get together with a friend and work on a presentation or a short film?
The choice is yours!
Please bring your research to school on the first day back.
Happy researching and happy Christmas!
In Y6 we have spent some time discussing 'e-safety' and how to be respectful using mobile phones and on the internet. We looked at a very useful website: https://www.bbc.com/ownit and watched several clips giving us relevant and important advice about:
"5 things to know about getting your first phone"
"The Own It app helps you take control of your online life!"and we took part in a quiz:
"Quiz: Is what you're posting online mean?"
In Y6CP, we did dragon eyes for our whole school art. We made these by first drawing and painting them. After this, we used clay to really bring them to life! Our dragon eyes are on display around the school and in our classroom. We hope lots of people get the chance to see them!
We have made our dragon eyes look as vibrant and detailed as possible! I really enjoyed how much everyone supported each other along the way as we all made a few mistakes on our artistic journey. We have learnt a lot from this. For example: it doesn't always have to look exactly like the model we used; sometimes the little differences are what make our own work unique. Also, we learned not to rush our work and instead took it as a time to enjoy creating our art pieces.
We learnt a lot of new techniques. My favourite was how to use a sponge to give the dragon scaly skin. I was really impressed with my parnter's work; he had added veins to his.
Our teachers were so proud of all of our work! Mr Bradshaw even said we were the talk of the staff room because of our fantastic dragon eyes!
A big well done to our stars of the week. They have been impressing their teachers with their hard work, great attitudes and excellent pieces of work.
We were also very excited to announce the team captains and vice captains. the results are as follows...
On Friday 15th November, we helped to raise money for Children in Need. In 6SW, we wrote promise cards for the children in Mrs Wymer's Y4 class. We wrote "Your rights = my rights. I promise to respect your rights. Thank you for respecting mine." These promise cards helped to remind us that we are a Rights Respecting School.
Miranda took part in a sponsored silence for the day and successfully raised over £30. Miranda admits, "It was very hard, because I'm a chatterbox! Thank you to all who donated!" She did a really good job and we are delighted with her efforts.
During the morning and again in our P.E. lesson, we took part in Joe Wick's Schools' Workout, which was fun but quite tiring too. It helped that we were all wearing our sporty and spotty non-uniform outfits.
It was a fantastic day and we helped to raise lots of money for a really great cause.
in Y6HN we have been writing our Lady Macbeth diary entries this week. Today we will be writing these pieces of work in our best work books.
Also today some of our class are going to the athletics competition which we won last time. They’re competing track and field events.
In ICT we are working on scratch to create a game involving how to be safe on the internet. At the moment we are choosing the backgrounds and sprites.
During Book Study we are reading Kensuke’s kingdom. It is about a boy called Michael who goes on a trip with his parents and his dog [Stella]. But then he gets stranded on an island where he meets a man called Kensuke who has also been stranded as well but not at the same time. It looks like Kensuke has been there much longer than Michael. He gives him food because Michael can’t find anything. He later discovers that kensuke doesn’t like fire and shouts at Michael because of it. This is as far as we have read in the book.
On Friday last week, it was Children In Need, we had a fantastic day. There was a bake sale at first break and last break. There was also an assembly where we made a big circle and took a photo. As a school we raised over £1000.
Whole School Art Y6NL.
Our Whole School Art theme this time is 'Fantastic creatures'. In 6NL, we made mermaids / mermen. Firstly, we blocked out the outline of the body; we all used acrylic paint and mixed our own colours. After that, we painted the sea in greeny - blue paint. Then, we painted the inside of the body, leaving the tail blank. Later, we collaged the tail, using lots of different kinds of paper. Finally, we painted the face and added tiny details. We also used gold and silver pens and glitter to make our paintings sparkle. Here are some photos of the beautiful art work decorating our school.
Can you spot our mermaids / mermen?