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....
We Shall Remember them...
On Sunday 11th of November it is Remembrance day, a day where we remember all of the people in the world who have been affected by war. It is especially important this year as it is 100 years since the end of WW1. Here at Lydgate Junior School the Y6 students are doing some special things to remember a special day.
We have been learning about the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was an amazing story. They exhumed four bodies from a cemetery where thousands of unnamed soldiers had been buried and then randomly selected one. That body was shipped to England and placed in a coffin and taken to Westminster Abbey. this was so that everyone could hope the unknown soldier was theirs.
As Sunday is Remembrance day, 10,000 candles are being lit up around the Tower of London every night. The Last Post is played and a beefeater lights the first candle. Then it takes around 45 minutes to light up all the other candles.
We have also been learning about some famous people who served during WW2. Noor Inayat Khan, who was a female spy, and Gordon Ford, the airman, who had a funny story to tell about how he thought he had been shot but it was just coffee!
We also watched video from CBBC called 'Operation Ouch' where they go back in time and show you how soldiers would have been injured and how they were helped using old-fashioned devices. Trenchfoot (where your feet were continually wet and muddy and so they got infected) looked disgusting but the artificial limbs used in those days were surprisingly good and gave a lot of hope to wounded soldiers.
Some of the soldiers who survived suffered mental illness afterwards but some of them decided to write poetry to express how they felt. We thought maybe it helped them? Wilfred Owen wrote a very famous poem about being on the front line called 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and it ends with the words 'Pro Patria Mori' which means 'it is sweet and and honourable to die for your country.' He thought that was a lie because he said war was awful. He wrote about a lot of the things he saw in the war and how tragic it was.
We had ago at writing some of our own war poetry and we made our own poppies. We used emotional language. Some of them are very moving.
This morning, Freya found this painted pebble near her house. It has an inscription on the back. It says
"In memory of W Parkin of Woodhouse #rocksheffield"
Freya looked this up and found out that these stones have been appearing all over Sheffield as a way of remembering family members and friends who have fought or died in wars. Maybe you will spot one this weekend?
Y6 Stars of the Week
A very big,'Well done,' to you all.
In 6CW we have been thinking carefully about what it means to stand for the school council representative for our class. A few of us have been busy over the holidays making powerpoints, posters, and practising our speeches. We had five candidates who have all shown us their ideas and given us really good reasons why we should vote for them. It ended with us all going in to the hall and using a real voting booth, putting a cross next to the person we wanted to vote for and then putting our slips in real ballot boxes. It was very much like the real thing and gave us a good experience of what it will actually be like to vote when we are older.
Y6NL maths investigation
This week we did a maths investigation. We chose four numbers from 1-9 (e.g 1,2,5,9 that would be 12x59,12x95,21x95,21x59 etc.) You would need to predict the biggest calculation and the smallest calculation. You didn't need to work it out though. This was fun! There were also two challenges that you could do once you'd finished. The first challenge was to take your 4 numbers and do a 3-digit number times a 1-digit number (e.g. 123 x 4, 132 x 4) The second challenge was to use five numbers instead of 4. We learnt there were different patterns for each challenge!
Bikeability is a group that trains you to ride safely on roads and how to read, show road signs. To start off with, they teach you to signal to other drivers and cyclists. Everyone has enjoyed the experience and we are grateful that we were the chosen for this extremely fun activity. It helped us to be more confident about how we use the roads. Also, we've learnt how to drive safely on junctions and been taught how to do u turns safely and carefully.
Y6 Athletics Team
What an amazing team effort! We have just participated in the annual Indoor Athletics Event at the EIS and were competing against five other schools. Each of us had one field event and two track events. It was really nerve wracking at the start, especially for Charlie, as he was competing in the first track race. We ended up with a very respectable first place position, which means we go through to the next round of the tournament. on 29th November. For now we will keep on practising hard on Tuesday mornings.
Well Done to this week's Year 6 Stars Of The Week
and also to last week's stars - here are two of them!
In our class this week we went in to the woods and one of the activities we were given was to make a pendant from a wooden disc. First we had to thread the string through the hole which was a bit tricky and then we were able to decorate them with anything we could find on the floor. Some of us used leaves, some of us used seed cases and others of us used mud and water. We also had a fantastic maths game down there where we were in relay teams and had to multiply decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Here are just three examples of our creations.
PE and ICT in Y6JP
In our history lessons, we have been looking at the way war affected different groups of people. This week, we started to think that Sukie (a character in our class novel 'Letters from the Lighthouse') might be a secret agent. This led us onto thinking about how secret agents worked in wartime. We spent our ICT lesson researching a woman called Noor Inayat Khan who was an actual secret agent! She died in a concentration camp but achieved lots. We are working in partners to create a presentation which we will share with the class.
We also had an intra-class tag rugby tournament with 6CW this week. We were split into 10 teams and Mrs Wymer organised the rules and games. We played each other and we added up the scores at the end. IT was really good fun and Y6JP won! We are going to have another intra tournament next half term too. We hope we win again - watch this space!
And finally, a note from the teachers
Thank you, to each and every one of you, for an amazing start to Year 6. You have been hardworking, resourceful, eager to learn and entertaining. What a great bunch of young people you are!
Enjoy your holiday and have a well-deserved rest. We are looking forward to seeing you after half term for lots more fun and good learning.
Year 6 Girls' 5-A-Side Football Winners!
A very big 'Well Done' to our girls' football team who came first place in a 5-a-side football tournament. The girls were due to play in this event last year but it was cancelled due to bad weather. The tournament took place on Thursday morning at Concord Sports Centre and there were sixteen teams taking part. The girls showed an amazing team spirit and determination as well as impressive skills and endurance. We are extremely proud of their performance.
Over these last two weeks, some of us are taking part in Bikeability training. We practise our skills on the playground before we go out onto the roads. It's been great fun and a little bit tiring.
We have been busy with electricity again. This week, we did a series of circuit challenges and also planned and carried out our own experiments. We were thinking about whether the type of wire would affect components in a circuit. Some of us looked at length of wire and some of us looked at thickness. We used boards called resistor boards to help us.
We found out that the longer the wire, the dimmer the bulb. It went out eventually. We tried motors and buzzers too. We thought they would get slower and quieter.
We were surprised that the thick wire produced a brighter light. Mrs Purdom explained the battery was like a car park and the thin wire was like a country lane and the thick wire was like a motor way.
We have also earned ALL our marbles so we got to have our class treat this week. We decided on a pyjama party, a film and snacks. Here we are all ready - we had a lovely time. George from Y6NL joined us - we think he had a lovely time too!
Y6NL in the woods.
In the woods, we made some creatures out of leaves, cloth and decorated them with natural materials and felt tips. In the next lesson, we made houses for them in little groups. Some of the houses had gyms, swimming pools and diving boards! We had to try and sell the houses by the teachers videoing us. We also had some hot chocolate and biscuits. We all really enjoyed it in the woods.
While we were in the woods, we collected sticks for our Woodland Talismans. The whole class made one and they look amazing. We made them by winding wool around sticks to make a really good pattern. We hung them over our book corner and stuck them to the wall as you can see below.
In science we made a series circuit and a parallel circuit. A series circuit would be better for fairy lights but a parallel circuit would be better for the lights in your house. This is because, a series circuit breaks when one of the other bulbs break. A parallel circuit can have one light off and one light on. Then we had some circuit challenges to compete, such as making a circuit with a bulb and a buzzer that could be switched on and off separately. We used a parallel circuit for this one.
This week Y6CP have started Forest Schools. In our first session we made Talisman. First we found 2 sticks and used some wool to secure them in a cross position. We then wound the wool around the cross, wrapping it round each stick in turn. We used different colour wools to make them look bright. We think they look impressive, don't you?
One of the best things about going in the woods is the fact that we get to have hot chocolate and if we are lucky biscuits. All the class is already looking forward to our next session which will be on Friday of next week.
Whole school art
As we promised, here is the final whole school art display. All our pictures are up in the school somewhere. We think it looks amazing!-
Can you spot our otters, owls, flowers, brambles, acorns, herons, adders and kingfishers?
Ms McCullough visits Year 6
On Tuesday, Ms McCullough, a history teacher from Tapton came to visit us. She did a history lesson with all of the classes. It was all about 'The Blitz Spirit' and whether it really existed.
"We thought the 'Blitz Spirit' lesson was very interesting because we looked at the pictures and photographs from WW2. At first, we thought everyone was happy and trying to live as normally as possible, but when Ms McCullough told us that some of the pictures were fake we had second thoughts. We saw a 'keep calm and carry on' poster which we thought was put up in the war to cheer people up, but other posters were put up and the people hated them. So the 'keep calm and carry on' poster was never put up, which was surprising. At the end of the lesson, most of us had mixed feelings about whether we thought the 'Blitz Spirit' was real or not. We enjoyed the lesson very much though."
Charlotte & Lyla
"At the end of the day we all enjoyed it. And we learned lots about the Blitz and propaganda. We all changed our minds as the lesson progrest. I think we all enjoyed it and found it very fun. We all felt like real historians and we knew alot more about the war (even though we knew lots all ready).We asked lots of questions about the blitz and the war in general (in Britan).We also answered lots of questions, witch Ms mcullough was impressed with!"
Sam & Wilf
Y6JP as scientists and historians
We thought about the people we had talked about on our trip last week. They had made journeys on the Kindertransport but their journeys were very different.
Steve's journey bought him to England with his brother. He told us how he had fun as a child before he left. He liked scrumping which is really stealing apples from someone else's garden! He remembers the night of Kristallnacht and how he was sent to safety with his brother.. His mum and dad came over to England just 36 hours before war started.
Leo's journey was different because he went on the Kindertransport on his own. His little sister was too young so she stayed behind in Berlin. He think he must have been scared but very brave to make the journey on his own.
We drew maps to show their journeys at that time.
We also did lots of science this week and learnt the difference between series and parallel circuits. A series circuit follows just one path and everything is connected so that the electrical charge flows continually around - like the fairy lights on a Christmas tree.
A parallel circuit means that if a bulb blows or the circuit breaks, the other lights can stay on. Our houses and classrooms all work on parallel circuits. Here we are making our own circuits. We drew diagrams too, using the correct symbols.
Last week in Y6 CW, we did fun crafts in Forest School such as making leaf crowns and bracelets. We used sycamore leaves and threaded them through each other a few times. Below, are some pictures we took of the finished products.
We did more fun and exciting crafts with nature from the forest. Our class, made bunting with leaves, twigs and feathers. We also used a vatiety of herbs and spices to make different colours of paint, which we then painted onto our bunting.The bunting is now hung up in our classroom.Underneath, is a pictures of what it looks like when it is complete.
It was test week in our class (as it was for the rest of the year group.) We did a series of different tests including maths, spag and reading comprehension.Every half term in Y6,we have test week in preparation for our SATs in May.The picture below is the class (Y6CW) doing the last test of the half term.
This week in literacy we have been learning what life as a German Jewish child would be like during WWII. We have been writing our own stories imagining we were a German Jewish on the Kindertransport. The Kindertransport was a train which children would have taken to escape Germany and go to another country. We also included a flashback to Kristallnacht also known as the night of broken glass. Kristallnacht was very scary and a lot of shops were destroyed and vandalised. A couple of weeks ago we went to the National Holocaust Museum to find out more about this event and how terrible it was; this helped us with our writing.
Our stars of the week - well done everyone!
Year 6 visit The National Holocaust Centre
On Wednesday, we all visited this amazing museum as part of our topic work 'World War 2 Through different eyes.' We all learnt lots about this awful time in history and we know that there are important lessons for us to learn today too.
"I learnt a lot about how life was for young Jewish children living in Germany at the time of world war two. We followed a boy named Leo and heard his story. It was awful the way he was bullied at school and openly humiliated in the classroom just because he is a Jew. The museum was great and the artefacts were great. It was an amazing trip!" Eva Y6JP
" We learnt that Jews weren't allowed to sit on park benches, that they were bullied out of schools, that they had their shops smashed. We saw that each classroom had a picture of Hitler facing the teacher so that it reminded the teacher to follow what he wanted. There was lots of propaganda like fake pictures and books to make Jewish people look bad." Jamie Y6JP
" We need to learn about these bad things so we don't start wars again. We need to remember to make the world a better place to live by respecting people and different religions. We should see the good in other people." Lincoln Y6JP
"My favourite part of visiting the Holocaust Centre was when we all added a stone on to the pile of pebbles in the Memorial Garden. They each represented a Jewish child who died in the Holocaust. This made us feel very reflective and thoughtful. Also, the people in the centre were very nice and answered all our questions with enthusiasm." Eve Y6NL
"During the trip we learnt a lot about the Holocaust. We also learnt that it was very important to respect the event. We were fortunate enough to be able to walk into the representation of a street in Berlin after the horrific events of Kirstallnacht. It was covered in bad comments about the Jews and there was even a bench that only non-Jews could sit on." Evie Y6NL
"In the morning, we went inside a room and watched a video about a boy called Bernard from Poland. He is now 95 years old. He said that before the war he was a very happy child and loved school. When Hitler came into power, he became very sad and started to be bullied by other children for being Jewish. When the war started, he wasn't allowed to go to school so he worked with his father, milking cows. Soon enough, he was sent on the Kindertransport to England but he wasn't told why. He never saw his parents again." Fatima Y6NL
"First of all, we went into this room which was decorated like a Jewish boy called Leo's living room. We watched a video and learned lots of facts about how they lived. Then we went to a world war two classroom and we saw how different the classroom was compared to nowadays.
Next up was the street after the night of the broken glass which was very interesting to see. We then looked inside Leo's father's tailor shop when someone had broke in. Leo's father had built a secret room in case they broke in again."Emilia Y6CW
"Finally we went to a room with a big screen where a video of a man called Steve was showing. He was being interviewed about his life story that was actually really interesting. He talked about what he did when he was little and how he was mistreated by his friends and his teacher." Molly Y6CW
It was an eye opening experience seeing children our age go through hard times. It makes me feel lucky that people don't treat people like that now. - William Y6CP
It was an amazing experience being able to see a replica of a Jewish home during World War II and their life. Its amazing that none of that happens today. - Josh Y6CP
It was a sad and unfortunate story that we heard from a man named Bernard. He was sent on the Kindertransport to England and after that he never saw his parents again. When he went back to Germany he heard that all of his family members had died during the holocaust. He was very lucky to have survived and be on the Kindertransport. - Zibei Y6CP
At the end of the tour we participated in a moment of silence where we remembered the one and a half million children who had died during the holocaust. We each took a stone that represented one child who had died and placed them on a pile that represented all the lost children. It was a very moving moment. Nusayba Y6CP
And finally, a big well done to our Year 6 Stars Of The Week!