The Headteacher's 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/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.
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 consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC), Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB). The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!
Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days.
Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday.
Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks.
In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!
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); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. 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....
It's all going very well
In this blog I want to thank the school community for making our full return to school go smoothly so far. There have been changes to get used to, but everyone seems to have adjusted really well. Where we have had relatively small issues these are being addressed with practice adapted calmly and quietly.
Year 3 parents have totally supported our use of the alternative entrance from Tapton field. This massively (25%) reduced the number of people at the top gate and has meant we are not worried about excessive mixing or ‘close contacts.
Our plan for arriving at school for all pupils over a relaxed 25 minute period, rather than trying to manage staggered starts and finishes (and potentially causing huge clashes within school and with other schools), is working very well. After a couple of days right at the start of term where there was a bit of consternation about the size of the first thing rush things have smoothed out. We can see how pupils are now arriving over the longer period rather than all at once – parents and pupils are self-regulating the situation so they arrive at a time when they feel comfortable.
Hand washing expectations were not easy for a few children, but as we have continued our insistence they have come on board and all children now readily accept the expectation and wash their hands with soap and running water every time they are asked to (and some do it a few times more).
All schools are trying to minimise onsite visits; some are trying to eliminate them but we have not quite tried to go that far. Parents are being really supportive of this policy, and happily allow staff at the gates to take messages or forgotten lunch boxes, and they are using telephone calls and emails more than previously. This is keeping contacts as low as possible and reducing risk all round.
Dinner organisation has been a challenge, but we have been determined, along with our very supportive contractor – Taylor Shaw – to offer a proper, full, school meal service while still protecting ‘bubbles’. It has meant a different timing and rolling structure from usual but the children are adapting to it very well. After one or two questions about whether the children were getting long enough to eat we are now seeing children themselves recognise that they do have time (if they do less chat while eating). In fact the children get 1 full 15 minutes in the hall, far longer than they would have taken previously. Staff are working flat out to secure this provision and ensure a positive lunch and play time.
With the changing rooms out of action (no fresh air flow and so we have decided in the risk Assessment that the rooms are not ‘Covid-safe’) changing for PE was going to be a problem. We asked parents to send children to school on the right days already in PE kit, and they are. It is saving lots of time, lots of contact points from occurring, and keeping cloakrooms clear so storage, and hand washing, is clearer.
When we asked that children also come kitted out ready for Clubs and out of hours activities, parents and children supported this too. We have had a conversation or two about football team tops and we have seen great support and understanding on that one – parents, staff and pupils together doing it right.
Every school in the country is probably experiencing higher rates of absence than usual for September – ours is up to 12% when it would normally be as low as 3%. Parents are being wonderfully understanding and supportive when we send a child home after they have been coughing all morning, perhaps, or they are keeping children at home, isolating, with similar symptoms. Parents are accessing tests as soon as possible, and then showing commitment to education by returning their child to school as soon as a negative result comes back and their child feels well enough. I cannot thank them enough for doing this – it is the first of the four most important steps we must take and it is reassuring that parents take it so seriously.
We will be asking understanding for more change over the rest of the term; SEND meetings and Parent Evenings will be online or by telephone as we minimise face to face meetings; swimming lessons, about to start in Year 4, will need children to be ‘beach ready’ as they come to school; the amount we ask as voluntary parental contributions for trips may go up as we have to make travel arrangements that protect ‘bubbles’; and so on.