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....
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!
Boat Cove paintings
In Y6NL, we have been doing paintings of Boat Cove (which is from a story called 'The Giant's Necklace'). It is in Cornwall. We made mood boards, using different pictures of the cove and trying our our idea. This week, we have been using powder paints to mix the colours we needed to block out the main shapes of our paintings.
After this, we will add details using paint, oil pastels or soft pastels. We will put some photos of the paintings when they are finished.
In 6CW we have been looking at how religions support global issues. Christian Aid have helped many poor villages build wells so the whole village can have access to good clean water. We had to design a village, thinking carefully where to put the well in relation to the other buildings. We thought that it would be better to put it close to the farm land and to the houses so farmers and households could use it easily. We realized that we are very lucky in this country to have clean water on tap. It is something that not all people can take for granted.
In Y6JP, we have been learning about all the different organs in the human body and finding out what jobs they do. We made information posters in groups with lift-the-flaps to show exactly where the internal organs are placed within the body. We used books and researched on the internet to find out what their functions are. Here are some examples:
Y6JP investigate straight lines
This week, we have been looking at straight lines. First of all we made some patterns using straight lines and then we looked for patterns using mathematical diagonals in polygons.
Curves of Pursuit
We used straight lines and our accurate measuring skills to make straight lines look like curves. We had to measure a cm in from each edge and use our ruler to join the points. Then we carried on inside the shape until there was no space left. We all started using a simple quadrilateral.
When we were confident, we tried other polygons. Here is a hexagon.
And Louis was really patient drawing his lines inside this decagon. Isn't it beautiful?
Take a look in our classroom for more curves of pursuit examples. We think they are really clever!
We did a maths investigation looking at the number of diagonal lines within different polygons. We learnt that mathematical diagonals aren't just lines in quadrilaterals. Any line joining two corners is a diagonal. Again, we started really simply by doing a square, then we moved onto pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon and so on. Once we had done this we looked at the results. We spotted patterns in the two columns but that was easy! Mrs Purdom asked us to look at the relationship between the two columns and try and work out a formula. It was a bit tricky but some of us actually got there by the end of the lesson.
Lyla was the quickest to work out that the number of diagonals was n x n-3 and then divide by 2. We puzzled over the best way to write this and came up with n (n-3) / 2.
This formula helped us to work out how many diagonals a 25-sided shape would have. Some of us went onto even bigger numbers - we were allowed to use a calculator!
In 6CW today (Friday) we just managed to avoid the rain and had the second part of the morning in the woods. We noticed on our way through to the meeting area just how much litter there seemed to be on the ground. A few of us decided that we couldn't leave it so went back up to school to collect litter pickers sticks and a bin liner to clean it up. This is us at work.
Our other job was to create pictures on the forest floor just using the natural materials we could find. We could use leaves, seed pods, twigs, sticks, stones etc but nothing that was man-made. We then went round to look at each other's pictures to see if we could guess what they had made. You can see some of us at work below and also some close up of some of our creations.
Y6 Forest Schools - Outdoor Cooking week.
Throughout the week all of the Y6 classes each spent a day in the woods, doing various activities.
First, in our groups of about 10 we built our dens that we would use for the day. Each group had different resources to build their group's den. After that, groups started doing various activities. We learnt how to use a flint and steel and learnt how to set up a small fire. Then we got a stick and peeled it with a peeler to make them sharp so we could put marshmallows on them for later. Just letting you know, the three groups did some of the activities at different times.
Then we were showed how to use a bow saw and a hand saw and made small benches, by chopping logs to make a base (which we would sit on) and we also chopped off two legs. After that, we got pitta bread and put a squirt of ketchup and a pinch of cheese, folded it and then put on the fire. After that we put marshmallows on our sticks and roasted them.
We had a great time and learnt lots of skills.
To all our fantastic year 6s - thank you for working so hard over the last few weeks. You have done yourselves, your families and your teachers proud. Enjoy your well earned break.
A very big 'Well Done Year 6' for completing your SATS this week. We are extremely proud of the way you have conducted yourselves during the tests, the effort you all put in and also the way you have behaved afterwards. You have all shown us all just how mature you can be and how hardworking you are. We are really looking forward to seeing how well you have all done in July.
As a well-earned treat, we arranged an intra rounders competition. Each class had two teams and most of them had the chance to play each other. We had a really enjoyable afternoon. The sun came out and although time was a little bit tight, we did manage to find time to enjoy an icecream for a few minutes. Here are a couple of photos of our afternoon.