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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. O
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.