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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 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: 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.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), 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 5 Teaching 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).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....

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12 Nov 2019

Friday 15th November

A big well done to our 'Stars of the Week', who have been impressing their teachers with their art, poetry and hard working attitudes. Keep up the great work - we're very proud of you. 

Y6S/W's Whole School Art

This term's theme for Whole School Art is fantastic creatures. In Y6S/W, we have been creating night sky/early morning unicorn silhouette pictures. First of all, we created a background with oil pastels. In order to create a sky where the colours  merged into each other, we rubbed the top layer of oil pastel off. Then we created the silhouette of the unicorn and scenery using a 4B pencil. Finally, we created stars or stardust using a tippex pen. We are really pleased with the results and can't wait for all of them to be put up around school with many other mythical creatures. 

We really enjoyed the production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth on Wednesday. We have been writing and performing our own raps about Macbeth too. 

Here are what some of our class thought of the production:

 "It was really interesting! At times it was quite scary and made us jump!" (Jake L)

"I liked the violent scenes which included murder." (Isla)

"It was interesting, interactive and at times very funny! I was asked to play the part of one of Macbeth's murderers, and I had to disappear off stage whilst pretending to kill Banquo." (Roneth) 

Although Bella found the language difficult to understand, she also really enjoyed it.

"The witches scenes were really impressive!" (Jet)

"I enjoyed the show because it was funny and interactive. I've watched videos of Macbeth before but never really understood it. However, after watching the show I now understand the story."  (Eve 6CP)

" I never knew the story of Macbeth, so this was a lovely way to learn the story. My favourite part was when the witches came out of the curtains. It was excellent!"  (Zamzam 6CP)

"I enjoyed the part where the witches came along and frightened us all. It was very entertaining and I loved how they made everyone interact telling the story." (Alicia 6CP)

"I really liked Macbeth. It was very good. They involved all of us (the audience), and it was very up beat and fun." (Poppy W 6CP)

I thought the Macbeth performance was brilliant.I loved the fact that all the children could join in and act some of the parts. Alfie Y6NL.

I really liked the Macbeth play because the actors did a good job and so did we. It also looked real. Noraiz Y6NL 

I adored the Macbeth play because it was really informative and fun! And the actors were amazing. Eleanor from Y6NL 

I loved the performance because the actors and actresses told the story line so well.                         Milly Y6NL.

I thought that Macbeth was really good. The actors included the year group and got us involved. The actors were great and must of practiced it thoroughly. It was a fantastic morning! - Sam Y6HN

I think the Macbeth play was really interactive and fun. The actors must have practiced a lot to get that good. Also the actors were very funny! - Ben Y6HN

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08 Nov 2019

Friday 8th of November


Y6NL have been thinking carefully this week about who to vote for in our School Council elections. We have 8 candidates and they all did a presentation about what would make them the right person for the job. Mrs Loosley said she was glad she didn't have to choose because they were all so good. 

On Friday afternoon, we went to the hall to post our votes into the ballot box. The votes will be counted and we will find out the results on Monday. Good luck everyone.

We have been learning about World War 1 this week and reading some poems written at that time. As it is Remembrance Day next week, we wrote poems showing our feelings about war. Here are just a few to read. 


This week we had our school council elections. Anyone who wanted to get the role as their class's representative had to campaign. They made a poster an wrote a speech with reasons why they would be good for the job and how they would help improve the school.

In English, we learnt about WWI poems and even wrote our own! These were about what the battlefields were like  and what sounds could be heard.  We got this information from studying poems from WWI that were written by soldiers.

In ICT,  we have started our scratch topic. We are creating our own internet safety games which are aimed to teach people how to be safe on the internet. In our lesson this week we have chosen a back drop and a main character to be in our games.


We have voted for our 6SW Class Councillor and we were delighted at how respectful everyone was.

On the last afternoon before the half-term holiday, we enjoyed making shelters during our forest school's lesson. We worked well together in groups and all of the shelters were different and successful in different ways. 


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21 Oct 2019

Friday 25th October

A big well done to our 'Stars of the Week'. Green certificates for respect were the theme this week. We are very proud of our children, not just for their hard work and great attitudes, but for regularly demonstrating our whole school RRS ethos. 

Bun Sale

A big well done to Lilia, Kitty, Isabelle, Sophie and Miranda in Y6S/W, who had a bun sale for charity. On a very cold morning, they set up a stall to sell a great array of homemade cakes to the Y6 children. They raised just over £90.00 and were keen to thank all of the Y6 children who supported them in our Y6 assembly. 

Woodland Talismans.

In Forest Schools last week, Y6NL started making some Woodland Talismans. We had to get two sticks about the same length and then get some wool. You tied the wool around one stick, then joined the other one on in a cross shape (or like X factor). Then you were ready. You tied the wool over two sticks then under one and kept doing this until you wanted to change the colour. Then you tied the colours together and carried on until you were ready. Some of us finished them off in class. Here is a picture of the display we have in our classroom. They make it look nice and colourful. 


In Y6NL, we have been learning how to multiply 2 digit numbers (or more) by 2 digit numbers. We have also been multiplying decimals by whole numbers and other decimals. We found out different methods. Some of them are: grid method, expanded method and short method. We did lots of practice and decided which method we liked the best. Here is some of our work. 

Flashback stories.

We have also been busy this week writing, editing and publishing our Kindertransport Flashback stories. They were inspired by our visit to the National Holocaust Centre and tell the story of a Jewish person escaping from the dangers of Germany in WW2. We had to write a flashback paragraph about Kristallnacht, which was a night when lots of Jewish shops were smashed, synagogues were set on fire and people were arrested. Here are two stories for you to read. 

Chinese Lanterns

This week in Y6S/W and Y6HN, we have been learning about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated notably by the Chinese and Vietnamese people. It relates to Chuseok and Tsukimi. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Moon Festival.  One of the most common ways to celebrate is by eating mooncakes – a dense, sweet pastry that’s baked or steamed and typically enjoyed with tea. We decorated and constructed our own traditional Chinese lanterns. 


HN have also been working really hard on our Kristallnacht Flashback Stories. We have spent a lot of time editing them and making them the best they can be! 

We really concentrated on our description to make sure the reader was hooked into our stories. 

Here are some for you to read. 


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11 Oct 2019

Friday 18th October

Y6NL Forest Schools.
This week in Y6NL, we have been doing some SATs assessments and working very hard. After we had done them all, we had a morning of Forest Schools.

In Forest Schools this week, we have been making homes for the forest creatures we made last week, using things we found in the forest. The way we have made our creatures was by using two pieces of fabric and a lot of dry leaves We looked after our creatures by keeping them in the homes that we made in groups. We made videos all about our creature homes and watched them when we went back to class. 

After our hard building work, we had nice, warm cups of hot chocolate with custard cream biscuits. We then learnt how to make Woodland Talismans, using strong, sturdy sticks and a ball of wool. It was a bit hard but once we could do it, they looked really good. We will be making a display in our classroom to show them.

After we had done everything in the forest, we got to have fun and play for about 10 minutes. The forest is really fun to use in our school and we get to do awesome things in there. We have some lovely pictures down below - check out what have we been doing.
Geonu and Alex.


After assessment week last week it was nice to be back to a little bit of normality in Y6HN this week. If normality, includes Forest Schools and Bikeability that is! 

Bikeability was so much fun! We learnt lots of new skills and are now much more confident when riding our bikes. 

During Forest Schools we created our own forest creatures! We had a brilliant time collecting the leaves to create the stuffing however our favourite part was using the mud to draw on their faces. 

We have also begun creating our Whole School Art pictures. We have chosen to paint Phoenixs and can not wait to show you the final products. 

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07 Oct 2019

Friday 11th October

This week, despite the weather, Year 6 have been doing Bikeability training.We have been learning how to ride safely on the road.With the help of three leaders (Shayn, Paul and Darrel) we, Y6NL, feel more comfortable riding on the road. We have had two levels: level one was to make sure everyone could ride a bike and not fall; level two was riding on the road. Although we got very wet, we still enjoyed it!

By Iona and Eleanor, Y6NL.

Y6NL Forest Schools.
We had our first Forest Schools session this week. We went into the forest and made some woodland creatures, only using 4 materials: string, fabric, leaves and felt tips. As well as decorating them, we had to name them and give them a super power.  Next week we will be making them homes so they can live in an amazing house. We all enjoyed this activity. Everyone found a new friend within these little creatures and is looking forward to making them a home. 
By Ruby and Piper


It has been a very busy week for HN this week. We have completed lots of assessments, some of us took part in Bikeability and we all spent Friday in the woods (and in the rain). We had a brilliant time in the woods our favourite part was definitely playing hide and seek. Here's a picture of us enjoying our hot chocolate. 

Stars of the Week
Well done to our fabulous 'Stars of the Week'. who have been working hard, helping others and impressing their teachers with their positive attitudes to learning. Fantastic - keep it up. 

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