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....
Y6NL in the woods.
On Monday, we made squirrel assault courses based on an old Carling Black Label advert. We made them out of only natural things we found in the forest. After that, we had delicious hot chocolate and biscuits.
On Wednesday, we split into 2 groups. Half of the time we made woodland charms and the other half of the time we made woodland perfume. For the woodland charms, we decorated slices of tree trunks. We could draw anything we liked as long as it was woodland themed. Once we had finished, we threaded string through them and hung them on a tree. We now have them hanging in our classroom and they look really nice. We made the woodland perfumes by finding different things from the forest that smelt nice and combining them to make a nice-smelling mixture. We added water to dilute it. We had to make a forest smell - some of them smelled amazing!
We were very lucky with the weather and had lots of fun.
Mr Killick visits to talk business
All the year 6s were treated to a talk from Mr Killick this week. He is a small business advisor and came to talk to us before we set up our own businesses for our Apprentice Sale. He told us how he failed a couple of times but it didn't stop him and he went on to form his own successful business. He learnt from his mistakes!
He gave us some good ideas for our Apprentice Sale which is going to be on the morning of WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH. All the Y6s are going to think about their businesses over the holidays and come back with their ideas so we can work on our stalls for the big day. We are hoping to make lots of money towards our Edale Fund.
Y6JP have been working on area this week. We already knew the formula for finding out the area of a rectangle (A = L x H) We learnt how to find the area of a triangle and the formula for that ( 1/2 B x H)
We then put together what we knew to find the area of compound shapes. We are all pretty confident now!
Chess tournament quarter finals
The atmosphere was very tense in Y6JP on Wednesday afternoon as we saw the quarter finals of our chess tournament take place. After some close matches we now have our semi-finalists.
The semi-finals will be played after half term. Well done to Fin, Louis, Wilf and Fraser. Good luck - get some practice in over the holidays!
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday this week was global Safer Internet Day. The theme this year was 'Together for a better internet.' You can read all about it here.
In Year 6, we had lots of discussions about what permission and consent means and that we need to be confident when we say yes or no. Mrs Farrell did a special assembly and we all filled in questionnaires about our online behaviour and attitudes. We also watched news clips, heard some real life stories and did some quizzes.
Y6JP have been working on a game in our computing lessons. The overall message had to be about online safety. We put the finishing touches to them this week.
If you want to find out more about keeping safe online, we like the CBBC newsround website.
It's been test week this week so we've had lots to do! As a break from all the extra hard thinking, Y6JP have been working on some kaleidoscope pictures. These are made by carefully cutting out fractions of circles and arranging them in a symmetrical pattern.
Here we are - work in progress!
And here are the finished pictures. Aren't they beautiful?
Chess tournament quarter finalists announced!
The first two rounds of the grand Y6JP chess tournament have been played and we are pleased to announce that these children will play in the quarter finals next week.
Well done to: Fin, Wilf, Archie, James, Lincoln, Louis, Fraser and Jamie.
A big thank you to everyone that took part.
Do you know your flags?
Y6JP do! We have been learning flags of the world over the last few weeks and this afternoon we did a big quiz to see who had the best flag knowledge. We had a nail-biting head to head at the end as George and Fin both got 27/30! George just pipped Fin in the end to receive the golden prize - a box of Maltesers!
We enjoyed our quiz so much, we are going to make it a regular feature. Mrs Purdom is thinking we might learn rivers or mountains of the world next. We'll let you know.
In our class we have been thinking about what makes a good suspense story. We have tried to write stories that: lull the reader in to a false sense of security; have short sentences for dramatic effect; and delay revealing the scary thing. Here are a few of our examples. We hope you aren't scared reading them.
A little note from Mrs Wymer: Very well done on your class assembly. Although we didn't have all that long to prepare for it, you gave your parents a real flavour of all the things we do here at school. You showed real character and just how well you get on together as a team.
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.
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.
In Year 6, we have decided to try something called comfy reading. We weren't very happy with the amount of reading we were doing each day because we didn't really have enough time to get into our stories. Because we get comfy at home when we read (some of us read in bed, some snuggle up on the sofa, most of us take our shoes off!) we thought we should get comfy at school too. Y6JP do comfy reading now for 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Fridays. We bring in cushions and blankets so we can get really relaxed and we love it.
Y6JP settle down to a good read!
In indoor P.E. this half term we have been doing circuit training. We have to complete various activities such as skipping and shuttle runs. We count how many of each activity we do. Each week, we are improving. We are starting to write a non-chronological report about a fictional planet named Pandora. Also, we have been writing own suspense story after reading and watching some written by other people. Here are some of our suspense stories.
In 6CW we have started writing a non-chronological report about a creature from a fictional planet called Pandora. For inspiration, we watched a short clip and gained ideas to help us in our writing. We have designed our own creatures and described their anatomy and next week we are going to be thinking about their diet. Here are a couple of quotes about what we think about this work:
"It is the funnest project I have done in Year 6 yet!" Louis
"I liked it, because of the way you get to make your own creature. You don't have to do exactly the same as everyone else." Lotte
"I liked the drawing of the made up creature, but I also liked writing about it aswell." Nell