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 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.
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
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....
Another ‘Show us what you know’ homework!
After Christmas, we start our new topic. This time it’s geography based and is called
‘The Amazing Americas’
In class, we will be looking specifically at the landscape of North America
So, your job this holiday is to show off what you already know (and what else you can find out!) about South America
You should remember lots from Year 4 when you did your project on the Amazon. We would like you to build on this and widen your research. What can you find out about South America? You could choose to look at a particular country, or do some map work about the whole continent. You might want to focus on food or animals. You could research South American rivers or mountains.
You can present your homework however you like. However, if you made a PowerPoint last time, try something different this time. Why not have a go at making an information poster, or a model? You could create a travel guide or a painting? Maybe you could get together with a friend and work on a presentation or a short film?
The choice is yours!
Please bring your research to school on the first day back.
Happy researching and happy Christmas!
In Y6 we have spent some time discussing 'e-safety' and how to be respectful using mobile phones and on the internet. We looked at a very useful website: https://www.bbc.com/ownit and watched several clips giving us relevant and important advice about:
"5 things to know about getting your first phone"
"The Own It app helps you take control of your online life!"and we took part in a quiz:
"Quiz: Is what you're posting online mean?"
In Y6CP, we did dragon eyes for our whole school art. We made these by first drawing and painting them. After this, we used clay to really bring them to life! Our dragon eyes are on display around the school and in our classroom. We hope lots of people get the chance to see them!
We have made our dragon eyes look as vibrant and detailed as possible! I really enjoyed how much everyone supported each other along the way as we all made a few mistakes on our artistic journey. We have learnt a lot from this. For example: it doesn't always have to look exactly like the model we used; sometimes the little differences are what make our own work unique. Also, we learned not to rush our work and instead took it as a time to enjoy creating our art pieces.
We learnt a lot of new techniques. My favourite was how to use a sponge to give the dragon scaly skin. I was really impressed with my parnter's work; he had added veins to his.
Our teachers were so proud of all of our work! Mr Bradshaw even said we were the talk of the staff room because of our fantastic dragon eyes!
A big well done to our stars of the week. They have been impressing their teachers with their hard work, great attitudes and excellent pieces of work.
We were also very excited to announce the team captains and vice captains. the results are as follows...
On Friday 15th November, we helped to raise money for Children in Need. In 6SW, we wrote promise cards for the children in Mrs Wymer's Y4 class. We wrote "Your rights = my rights. I promise to respect your rights. Thank you for respecting mine." These promise cards helped to remind us that we are a Rights Respecting School.
Miranda took part in a sponsored silence for the day and successfully raised over £30. Miranda admits, "It was very hard, because I'm a chatterbox! Thank you to all who donated!" She did a really good job and we are delighted with her efforts.
During the morning and again in our P.E. lesson, we took part in Joe Wick's Schools' Workout, which was fun but quite tiring too. It helped that we were all wearing our sporty and spotty non-uniform outfits.
It was a fantastic day and we helped to raise lots of money for a really great cause.
in Y6HN we have been writing our Lady Macbeth diary entries this week. Today we will be writing these pieces of work in our best work books.
Also today some of our class are going to the athletics competition which we won last time. They’re competing track and field events.
In ICT we are working on scratch to create a game involving how to be safe on the internet. At the moment we are choosing the backgrounds and sprites.
During Book Study we are reading Kensuke’s kingdom. It is about a boy called Michael who goes on a trip with his parents and his dog [Stella]. But then he gets stranded on an island where he meets a man called Kensuke who has also been stranded as well but not at the same time. It looks like Kensuke has been there much longer than Michael. He gives him food because Michael can’t find anything. He later discovers that kensuke doesn’t like fire and shouts at Michael because of it. This is as far as we have read in the book.
On Friday last week, it was Children In Need, we had a fantastic day. There was a bake sale at first break and last break. There was also an assembly where we made a big circle and took a photo. As a school we raised over £1000.
Whole School Art Y6NL.
Our Whole School Art theme this time is 'Fantastic creatures'. In 6NL, we made mermaids / mermen. Firstly, we blocked out the outline of the body; we all used acrylic paint and mixed our own colours. After that, we painted the sea in greeny - blue paint. Then, we painted the inside of the body, leaving the tail blank. Later, we collaged the tail, using lots of different kinds of paper. Finally, we painted the face and added tiny details. We also used gold and silver pens and glitter to make our paintings sparkle. Here are some photos of the beautiful art work decorating our school.
Can you spot our mermaids / mermen?
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
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.