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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/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.

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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 Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. 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 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

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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); 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....

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26 Sep 2020

Next Week's Assembly(ies) - Global Goals

Each year we return to the Global Goals (, and use the World’s Largest Lesson ( to help each class consider how they, individually and collectively, can help the global effort to achieve sustainable development.

The Goals are written and organised as if by magic into 17 - one for each of our 16 classes and one extra. I can then use that one as my assembly focus. Surely they did not design it just this way just for us?

The Goal I will focus on, number 17, is ‘Partnership for the Goals’ (

This is where it gets amusing, interesting and contradictory for me, as the message can be at odds with other Assembly themes I have used, and written about on these blogs.

I do like to stress how the efforts of individuals are hugely important and at times the only thing each of us can do. The Friends of The Earth slogan, ‘Act Local, Think Global, ( sums this up nicely – I alone cannot stop the melting ice caps but I can turn some lights off at home.  I use the story of the boy on the beach throwing single starfish back into the sea he explains that he is, on each throw, making a difference to that one, even if he cannot save them all.

So each class will consider a Goal, from 1 to 16.

I will explain how the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. I am looking for a useful and physical / visual analogy to illustrate the point – and I have toyed with retelling the Stone Soup story, and with building a 17-brick wall of bricks, each labelled with a Global Goal, a class number or a GG number. I ran the idea of stone soup past a colleague but they didn’t think it worked (she could not guess the point I was hoping to make – that all the ingredients together made a tastier soup than one by itself). And I can see how, by building a wall of bricks in front of my laptop webcam as I ‘Zoom’ the Assembly, it might get distractingly comic as I brick myself out of shot. A mentor in my early years of Headship pointed out that Assemblies did need to be more than just memorable – the message had to get across and be remembered for it to work.

Archbishop Tutu reminds us that we should, ‘Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.’

Maybe, with this in mind, it is okay to build the wall, block me out, and show how the 16 classes and the 16 Goals together, working in unity, can overwhelm the world (and me)?

I’m off to a leading DIY store to buy 17 bricks.