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 four Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Dale, 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 Parker (5AP), 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 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Phillips returns from maternity leave in Y6CP), Mrs Loosley (Y6NL) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6CP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6NL).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....
Friday 21st June
Penpals young and old
We have been writing and receiving letters again in Y6JP. First of all, we got our second letters from our penpals in London. We were so excited to get another one! This time they had written all about where they are from and sent us maps and routes showing exactly where they live in London. Their school is in the East end of London and the nearest tube station is Aldgate East. They had looked on our website to see what our school was like - they thought we had a swimming pool because it said we went swimming!
We have also written a letter to a resident who lives in King's Court over the road from school. Her name is Jean and we wrote a letter from the whole class. We told her all about our school and all about our class. We are hoping to get a reply before we leave!
As part of our topic work on the human body, Y6JP are doing a project on life drawing. The first part is making portraits but to make it a bit different, we brought in accessories to wear. We had to be models and sit really still for each other.
Once we had made our pictures in pen (no rubbers needed!) we then used fabrics and copied the patterns to make a background.
Then we picked out just a few details to add colour. We used soft pastels. Here are a few examples of our finished work.
Past pupils return
On Thursday afternoon, in our year group assembly time, five y10 students from Tapton School came to do a presentation all about marine debris in our oceans. Four of the girls were past pupils from this school and one came from Nethergreen. They talked to us about the problem of marine debris and how we could help by recycling and being plastic aware. We were really pleased they came in to talk to us because, as you know, our school have been campaigning about being plastic clever too.
In 6CW we were considering what life might be like if we lived in a very poor community in India. We had to pretend that we had to leave our homes in the countryside as the crops hadn't grown that year. This meant we needed to move to an Indian city where the only job we could find was making paper bags for market sellers to sell their spices. We had 20 minutes in our groups to make as many bags as we possibly could. We were shown how to make a bag, then had to work as quickly as we could to produce our own. Some of them were not good enough so could not be used. In India ten bags would make one rupee. At the end of the 20 minutes we counted up how many bags we had made. We had to make at least 25 bags each in order to survive. It has made us all realize how fortunate we are to live in homes with several rooms and many taps - things that we take for granted. It was fun to do this for 20 minutes but all day every day would be tough.
'The Lost Words' exhibition
If you are in town over the weekend, pop down to the Millennium galleries and take a look at this exhibition - some of our art work is in there! Remember our whole school art from earlier in the year? Well, we have our otters, owls, herons and flowers on display. Be quick though - the exhibition is only on until Sunday!