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 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.
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....
Whole School Art in Y6JP
Everyone has been very busy working on their space-themed art to go up in school at the end of this week. Have a look at last week's blog for pictures of Mrs Wymer's class and their incredible planet models. In Y6JP, we have made paintings of imaginary solar systems. First of all, we made cosmic backgrounds using sugar water and brusho. It was very messy and sticky but lots of fun!
Then we practised drawing and shading spheres. We wanted our planets to looks 3-dimensional.
Once we were confident, we set about making our planets in soft pastels and oil pastels. We looked at lots of images of real planets to help us and then we made up our own planets. We used the same technique to make them look round.
Once they were finished, we placed them onto our cosmic backgrounds, thinking carefully about size, shape and composition.
We added final details with metallic pens and glitter and here are some of our finished pieces - amazing!
We can't wait to see them up and around school with all the other space art next week.
Y6NL (and some of CP) Samba Sport.
Yoga with Colette
We were very lucky to be able to do some yoga practice with Colette this week. She runs our school yoga club and came to teach us some yoga poses along with breathing and relaxation. We thought this was a really good idea just before our test week! She taught us how to do starfish breathing and how we could be mindful and calm if we are feeling a bit anxious. It was good fun too because we played games like 'Yogi Says' which is a bit like 'Simon Says' Here we are trying out some yoga poses.
Parents Guide to Key Stage 2 SATs
The DfE/STA have recently published this guide for parents. It tells you what is happening and when (you will already have received this information in your packs last week) but it does have links to past papers and short videos which may be helpful.
Two new teachers!
Archie and Lincoln from Y6JP have done a brilliant thing. They have volunteered, in their own time, to set up and run a Forest Schools club for some of the younger children in the school. Two weeks in and things are going well......
We are Archie and Lincoln and we started forest schools club because we thought that we might let the younger pupils experience the forest as we do forest schools regularly in y6 and we really enjoy it. .
So far we have made pictures out of things you can find on the forest floor such as the art above , played tiggy two base and hide and seek. Every week we have a break with hot chocolate and biscuits.
We are so glad to have such an amazing group of fabulous foresteers. We are really looking forward to spending the next few Wednesdays with them, teaching them about the forest.
In Y6CW this week, we have been very busy getting our planets ready for the whole school art display next Friday. We have been working on our planets for a long time and we are almost finished. Here is one finished model.
We have also been lucky enough to have an pre SATS yoga session with Mrs Hardy who used to teach at this school. She is now a yoga instructor and came in for the afternoon to show us some breathing and relaxation techniques to keep us calm. She also played some really fun games with us.
A new arrival in Y6!
We all had a big surprise on Tuesday morning when we found out that Mrs Phillips had already had her baby - two weeks early. She came to school on Monday morning and had her baby that night! He weighed 7lb and he's enjoying being at home with his proud mummy and daddy. Congratulations to Mrs and Mr Phillips and welcome to the world baby Elias!
Another new arrival in Y6!
Because Mrs Phillips is now very busy, we have welcomed Mr Bradshaw into our year group. He's very excited to be here and would like to say a very big thank you to his class for being so kind and helpful in his first week. He made them all stars of the week!
We are pleased you have come to join us Mr Bradshaw - we know you're going to have lots of fun!
Our other stars
Well done to our stars of the week - one for improvement in writing, one for a great attitude and two for starting up a Forest Schools club for younger children in the school. Brilliant stuff.
Decorated Egg Day
We were so impressed by our Y6 entries in the Easter Egg competition - too many to show but here are a few examples. There were some really creative ideas. Well done to all our winners and a very big thank you to Mrs Ainsworth who organised it all.
And finally, a date reminder for parents
Thursday 25th April is our SATs information drop-in for parents. This will be held in your child's classroom at 3.30pm. 6NL and 6CP will be together in the double mobile. We hope this will be useful in helping you to support your children over the next few weeks.
Information packs will be sent home after the meetings. This link may be of interest too, particularly the last point - remember to relax - it's really important.
A visit from Mr Frostbite
Nigel Vardy (AKA Mr Frostbite) came to visit again this week. This time he was here to tell us his story about when he got injured on a climbing expedition to Mount McKinley in Alaska. He suffered severe frostbite and lost his fingers, toes, part of his cheek and his nose. It was a thrilling story about survival and friendship and never giving up. You can read more about his story here:
Nigel still climbs and has lots of other adventures. We think he is really inspiring!
"We think that he is a truly inspiring man and shared a wonderful story with us. He explained his story in great detail. He told us about how him and his friends had a climbing incident halfway up Mt. McKinley. We were so inspired by him because he fought for survival and carried on what he loves doing, even though he got frostbite and lost some of his fingers and toes" - Archie and Abdalla
"We think that Nigel's story was very meaningful, it definitely showed determination and teamwork amongst the three climbers (Steve Nigel and Anthony) . It was very realistic as we got to see images of Nigel's healing in hospital after the expedition on Mount Mckinley. He overall spent three months in the hospital due to frostbite and none of us could imagine his bravery while recovering. " Evie and Charlotte
"Despite it being a moving story, it was very inspiring. There were many gruesome pictures which made it more real and like we were there with him. It had funny bits too like when he said he had frostbite and he sneezed and his nose fell off!" Freya and James
Y6JP also made comic strips about what happened to Nigel and his friends on that fateful day. we are so glad it turned out ok in the end!
In 6CW we have updated a couple of our displays. We have shared our space homework and as it was of such a high standard we decided to display it. We are hoping to suspend some 3D planets from the ceiling but this is a work in progress.
On World book day we also wrote some book reviews about the books that we have read that we thought our classmates might enjoy. We are always on the look out for good recommendations for books and like to update our library.
Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to these two. Miss Ghelani and Miss Marston have been with us for a four week block placement and the end of their time here has come. We are sad to see them go but we have had lots of fun in their lessons and learnt a lot from them. We hope they have learnt a lot from us too.