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 several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Hill, 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....
As I am sure you already know all schools in the UK closed on Friday 20 March until further notice. Not one person thinks that this, absolutely necessary step, is going to be easy to accommodate for any family but it is one we undoubtedly have to make.
For next week, Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March, we will be open for the children of identified key workers, along with limited categories of vulnerable children, only. These parents have been contacted separately.
As you will probably by now have seen, the government has announced that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. The definitions are not finalised and we are waiting for guidance from the government.
We have emailed all our parents an online form to complete, (by 12.00 noon on Friday 20 March), which will provide school and the local authority with information to assess the provision needed.
Staff are working on how we will provide parents with the necessary resources to support their children during their period at home. Further information will follow.
Thank you for your support. Keep safe.
We are receiving, and following, daily updates and briefings from local and national government departments. All schools are being urged to remain open, fully if possible, and so this is what we are aiming to continue to do.
We want to continue children’s education and, vitally, not interfere with the essential work that many of our parents carry out in society by closing the school.
There are non-essential elements of what we normally do that are being deferred – meetings, sports events and performances for example – but we hope to remain open for all classes until and unless directed otherwise.
There are things we can all do that will help by putting Public Health England advice into practice:
· children and staff should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
· if staff or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home
· we will clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual
· we will direct children to wash their hands more often than usual with soap and water, and to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
Other schools are in different positions to ours – they will experience different pressures and pinch points, and so they may have to make decisions that are different to ours.
Because the guidance we are receiving is changing almost daily we may make decisions that appear to contradict others. Please be assured that each is carefully considered in the light of the latest advice and guidance.
We have received clarification today on school trips, for example, that states that these may go ahead within the UK, as long as we have risk assessed any possible staffing impact on the capability of running the rest of school fully and safely. Without that clarification some activity was cancelled but with it we are now able to continue.
Unless we have been directly advised to close by the Public Health England Health Protection Team, we intend and plan to remain open. Please be assured that we are doing everything reasonably possible to continue as normal, to keep children and staff safe at school and to ensure a great experience at school for every pupil.
School Governors are fully informed about our response to the Covid 19 situation, and they unanimously agreed with this approach at their meeting last week.
We have sent out texts and emails to parents over the last few days about specific changes relevant to their children in school, and we will continue to do so.
We wish every member of our school community the very best at this difficult and challenging time. We will try to keep you informed about changes as they happen, with as much notice as possible.