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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.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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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 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.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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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

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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....

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02 May 2020

Are we nearly there yet?

Time, said Doctor Who in one of his / her more recent incarnations, is not so much a straight progression of cause to effect, ‘but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff’.

You must be experiencing this yourself as the world goes through (and that’s a positive move –we are ‘going through’ not ‘stuck in’) the Covid-19 crisis.

One day is very much like the previous now, and the next is shaped to be a repeat of the previous two. Wednesday today? Saturday tomorrow? We would expect to have achieved things in a relative period of time – washing on certain days, ironing on another, weekly shop on Fridays after work, swimming lessons on Saturday and dance class Thursdays at 7:00, and so on. Much of that seems gone for now. We know, we are assured, that our collective efforts and commitments are making a difference to help us come out of the crisis sooner than we might, less damaged than we might and more of us than we might be.

It is human nature, though, to be asking what’s next, and wanting some definitive answer to when and how we get back to where we once were (just six weeks ago, in fact).  I am well-aware that there are multiple possibilities for what we might be directed to do, to seek, to implement, possibly as many possibilities as people in any conversation.  It turns out fairly often that we get asked to implement  something that we did not foresee and to implement it in a manner wold did not envisage, and so some of our preparations are wrong, unnecessary and even unhelpful.

We have, of course, given time to discuss the fundamentals of a return to school for all pupils;  we have talked about issues related to staff well-being, to re-establishing routines and expectations, curricula issues, children’s different experiences during lockdown, safeguarding, transition, Special Needs and staffing. There are conversations taking place about classes for next year, where we pick up learning, summer holiday ‘clubs’  and so on.

The truth is, though, that we are no further forward with a plan nor a timeline. We are confident that all tunnels have light at the end; we just do not know how long this particular tunnel will turn out to be. We are one week further along from the start and therefore one week nearer the end, but this effort is like one of those mountains with a succession of false summits, a tunnel that twists and turns or The Doctor’s ‘wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff’; we still do not know how far away the end of things is.

Of course safety, health and well-being will be top of the list when a decision is made. Of course there will be a sensible, understanding approach taken in working with parents. Of course there will be some flexibility around different contexts. Of course there will have to be a period of settling back in. Of course some things will have changed while others stayed the same. Making sure that children and adults alike are safe will be the top concern, however. I just don’t know when, or in what order, or how.

A strange and cloudy message this week –I don’t really know too much, but neither do any of my Headteacher colleagues. Once we do you will be sure to hear about it straight away.