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 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....
In Y6JP, we have all been super impressed with each other's research homework. We had a sharing session where we looked at our work together. We had models, posters, presentations, booklets, quizzes and drawings as well as examples of ration books and identity cards. We learnt so much from each other!Here we are sharing our homework.
'The Lost Words'
Our whole school art project this term is based on the book 'The Lost Words' by Robert McFarlane. It is a big spell book which has poems written about words which have been taken out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The idea is that you read the poems out loud and the words stay around forever. It has amazing pictures too, illustrated by Jackie Morris. We will be working on our art over the next couple of weeks so look out for our paintings.
Y6JP made some poems of their own based on the 'lost words' from the book. We did black out poetry where we just picked out key words we liked. If you read the words together, they form a poem. We illustrated them too, like Jackie Morris!
In Y6NL we have also really enjoyed sharing our WW2 research homework. It was really interesting to see all the different things that people had found out about. We have made a display in our classroom of the work.
Here are some of the things we have been looking at.
We have also been reading an amazing diary about a boy in World War 2 that one of our class wrote!
In 6CW we have begun writing our biographies. We have done lots of research at home about people we are interested in, some of us have even decided to write about our parents and grandparents. Here are a couple of really good examples.
We have finally managed to share all of our homework about WW2 and we currently have it up on display. We are looking forward to finding out more about what life was like for all the different people that were involved.
Stars of the fortnight
Well done to all our stars for a fantastic start to the year. Keep up the good work!
A message from the Year 6 staff for children and parents
A very warm welcome to you all. We've done our first full week! We have really enjoyed getting to know you all and we are very 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.
Every child should also have arrived home with a planner (check those bags!) They 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 Y6 blog
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.
Letters have already gone home for choir, windband, athletics and cross-country. Look out for information about our Bikeability course too. It's important to get these slips in quickly as places are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who is interested in joining Art club, we will start after October half term.
And finally, a very big WELL DONE to all the children on a fantastic start. We have a feeling it's going to be a good year!
From the Year 6 team.
Can you believe this is our very last blog of the year? It has flown by!
There's still lots to do but we are looking forward to our special leavers' assembly on Wednesday and the end of year prom on Thursday.
Goodbye Lydgate and good luck everyone with your new secondary school adventures!
A Bake Sale for Hope
We are so proud of Danny. Recently, he heard a story from a friend of his mum. She is called Helen and a few years ago, she went on holiday to Kenya. While she was there, she saw a school called Hope and she decided to help to renovate the place. Since 2009, she has helped to give them a new building, with a proper roof and a concrete floor. She's also raised money to give them proper toilets and solar panels for electricity.
Danny made us a presentation to tell us all about the children in Hope school. We learnt how they enjoyed watching 'Happy Feet' on a television Helen had donated and we were introduced to Munga, a 12 year old boy who was bitten by a cobra. He can't use his right arm but he still goes to school and wants to learn.
The amazing thing about Helen is that she raises money for the school herself - she even pays the teacher from her own wages. Danny was really inspired by Helen and decided he wanted to do something to help too so he asked if he could hold a bake sale to raise some funds for Hope.
Danny's bake sale happened on Monday. His family made lots of delicious cakes and he asked his friends to help him. Together, they raised over £67. Brilliant.
The very next day, Danny's mum sent us this special photograph all the way from Hope Junior School in Mombasa.
What a great story. We think Helen and Danny are fantastic global citizens.
Last weekend, 101 of the Y6s went to Edale YHA for a weekend of fun and adventure. We were really lucky with the weather - the sun shone on us the whole weekend - and had a fantastic time. We did lots of activities: night hike, treasure hunt, abseiling, high ropes, raft building, canoeing, caving and weaselling. Here are just a few photographs - you will see more in a few weeks' time.