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 & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.
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....
This week we have been reading and learning about Kensuke's Kingdom which is a book by Michael Morpurgo. The story is about a child who went sailing around the world on a boat with his parents and his dog. He fell off the boat and got stranded on a small peanut-shaped island. We got very excited when he saw the food on his birthday - fish fillets, 7 red bananas and a bowl of water . He didn't realise that the bowl of water was there until he heard Stella Artois (his dog) barking at the bowl of water when he woke up. We are looking forward to finding out what will happen now he has met Kensuke.
We read a description of the island and had to try to draw it from what we read. Here are some of our ideas based on the text.
Here is the actual map of the island from the book. Do you think we did a good job?
Y6JP venture into the woods again.....
In groups, we created homes for the creatures we had made the previous week. We made our creatures out of natural things we found in the woods consisting of: leaves, twigs/branches, sand and mud. The class gave their creatures facial features using natural resources and pens. We gave them names and adventured off to make their homes. It was dirty work!
To make our homes, we needed to find a source of land, which would provide us with all the resources we needed. Our homes needed to be made out of products that were available in the woods and we needed to make our homes stay dry and warm. Some of the homes were amazing - they included these features: a garden, a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, a garage, a living room, patios, a dog bed, reinforced doors and even a hot tub and a Jacuzzi! . Some groups added a roof but it was definitely a challenge to find something that would fit. After that, we pretended that we were estate agents showing people around. We filmed our homes being put on the market. Some of the films were really funny.
Although the weather was terrible, it was badly raining, we were determined to carry on with our activity. Everyone may have been cold but we all became nice and toasty after a nice cup of hot chocolate with an oatie biscuit. Yum! We didn't mind the rain at all.
Learning about Bert Trautmann - the boy who grew up through the Hitler Youth movement.
Y6JP learnt also about the Bert Trautmann story in Topic and we found it very interesting. We made posters explaining the story as a timeline of Bert's life. The story is about a young boy who joined the Hitler Youth movement and then became famous for his traumatising goal keeping experience. He was very sporty as a young person when he joined the Hitler Youth association and he was perfect to be trained a s a soldier. At the age of 16, he joined the German air force, first as a radio operator and finally, as a paratrooper. During the war, he was captured and shipped to the north of England. In the POW (Prisoner of War) camp Bert was allowed to play football against the other half of the camp. From his first game at the camp, everyone found out that he was an amazing goalkeeper. When the war ended, he played for the local team of St Helen's. Not long after, he was scouted for Manchester City so he decided he would play in goal for them. He was there for 14 years and made many saves for them.
A few years later, he played ,as the goalkeeper, in the FA cup final. Unfortunately, he broke his neck but he was determined to carry on. Everybody was shocked at this happening but Bert did carry on and his team won 3-1! Only a few hours later, did he discover that his neck was broken and he found it out from an x-ray.
We think that he was a very determined person and never gave up. He supported both sides England and Germany but still had a tough time from some people on both sides. We think he was an admirable person whose life experiences made him determined.
This week in Y6CW, we have been to the woods. We had loads of fun Here are a few things we did ….....
Firstly, we played a few games. This included a game called “Magic tree”. The rules of the game are everyone stands by 4 trees and one person is it. Then the person who is it will say a number between 1 and 4. Then people who are beside the specific tree which the person called will be out. Constantly, it will keep going till there is one person left. When we played the game, Emily Cooper won. Hooray!!! Then we made forest animals. This is when we filled a bag with natural objects that we found inside the woods. After that we made faces on them using blackberries and mud.
In conclusion, we played Magic tree and played with our forest animals.
In Y6CP this week, we have been learning about a man called Gordon Ford. He was a pilot for the RAF during World War 2. He was on his first mission when he came face to face with a German plane. He put his plane in a dive to avoid the German aircraft, he felt a pain in his leg and thought he had been shot. When he safely landed, he realised that the pain was not from being shot but from his coffee flask exploding. He felt lucky and relieved. Later, he broke his wrist which meant he could not fly any more so instead he worked on the ground helping other pilots. We made posters about his experience, we took freeze frame and added thought bubbles. Here is an example.
Also, we have done forest schools. We made shelters for our creatures. We had to think about what our creature needed in order to survive. Next week, we will be making videos to advertise our shelters. Come back next week to photographs of our shelters.