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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.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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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 our regular volunteers, 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.


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Welcome to the Y4 blog. We know that the question that children are mostly asked as they leave school is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs we will share with you what your children have been getting up to and all of the wonderful work that they have been doing. The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Drury in Y4S/D, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (this is not a typo!) in Y4S/S, Miss Norris in Y4HN and Miss Wall in Y4AW. The children are supported by our teaching assistants too, including Mrs Biggs, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Tandy. We also have help from Miss Lee, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Flynn and Mrs Wolff. Some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub too with Mrs Tandy. What a team!

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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

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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....

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29 Jan 2019

Friday 1st February

Nigel Vardy visits to tell the story of Mallory and Irvine

On Tuesday this week, all of year 6 were lucky to have Nigel Vardy tell us the story of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, who were two explorers who attempted to get to the top of Mount Everest. But did they?

Nigel told us their story about how they set off but they never returned and how no one knows whether they were the first to get to the summit. He told us that George Mallory's body was found in the 1990s and his rope was broken so it looks like he fell. Sandy's body has never been found and neither has their camera. That might hold the clue!

Nigel thinks the legend should stay as it is and we shouldn't ever find out the truth. He likes to think they made it. We think we do too!


 " We thought that Nigel Vardy was very inspiring and he is certainly very interested in mountaineering! He told us the story of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory, which blew our mind. We really enjoyed it."

by George and Toby A Y6JP

" We thought the story of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory was really interesting and inspiring. Nigel Vardy made us an unforgettable memory. Even though we had to sit on the floor for a long time, we didn't mind because we found it super fun!"

by Yein and Jae-Hui Y6JP

"We thought that it was a very fascinating story to tell and to listen to. We enjoyed the way that Nigel told it and how he asked us lots of questions . He also brought items (that they would have used) in to show us. The boots were very heavy and they had nails in the bottom.  We got to ask lots of questions at the end."

by Mollie and Stella Y6JP


 Y6NL really enjoyed Nigel Vardy coming to Lydgate. Nigel's visit was very interesting because the end of the story of Mallory and Irvine was a mystery. Obviously, no one knows what really happened to them and that's why it's so fascinating. Here are some of the theory's which people in our class think:

 'I think they got to the top but they knew they couldn't get down so they cut the rope.'   Evie 

'They got to the top but while they were coming down, they slipped.' Zach 

'Maybe they got to the top and fell off the edge of the mountain.' Ava

We also found out that Mallory had a picture of his wife in his pocket and that he told his wife that if he gets to the top of Everest, he would put her picture on the top. When the people found his body, there was no picture in his pocket. This is also one of the mysteries. Overall, we were thrilled that Nigel came to visit with his amazing facts. We look forward to seeing him again this year to talk about his own climbing experiences.

Written by, 

Evie  and Pranavi  Y6NL.

A snowy day in the woods

Just to prove that we really do go out into the woods in any weather, Y6JP braved the snow today! The woods were magical - we thought it looked like Narnia. Noone had been down there so everything looked crisp and white.

We had a calm and peaceful time making woodland pendants. We decorated them with woodland themes. It's good that we had tarpaulin to sit on - the ground was freezing!

Our other activity was looking for faces in the winter trees. We spent ages exploring the tree trunks. The more we looked, the more we found! Here are a few of our favourites.

We needed our hot chocolate today. It tasted better than ever because it was so cold. It really warmed us up.



The boys even made a mini snowman! Meet Snowy. He lives in the woods.