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.

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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09 Oct 2020

Re-covering the curriculum

After staff had stripped all the display boards in the communal areas of school during the week, and then prepared them for next use, staff mounted our latest ‘whole school art’ after school today.

The theme this term is ‘Fairy Tales’.

Normally we would find a way to invite parents to take a look – with parent consultations on Monday and Thursday next week we would, normally, pre-Covid, have been sure to see children showing proud and curious parents where their piece is displayed; they are in Reception, along the top corridor, in the servery, around the hall, outside and inside the IT suite, filling the music room, up and down both sets of stairs.

There are wolves, ramparts and walls, Rapunzels in towers, mountains and forbidden forests, castles surrounded by magical woods, each telling a section of a story and each produced using a different technique. Every child in every class has made a piece for display.

DfE and Ofsted have stated that they want to see schools getting back to delivering a broad, engaging, quality curriculum as soon as possible. In their early Inspections (report out this week – click here for the pdf report) Ofsted have commented on how those schools visited are planning on getting back to something like a full curriculum by the summer term.

We do not intend to brag, but we do believe we are doing well, and are well on the way with this. Limited space prevents the final pieces falling into place just yet but we have all the core subjects covered, music projects going on, whole school art, out of hours activities, PE indoors and out, visits taken place and planned for next week, selected visitors enhancing provision, swimming lessons in Year 4 and cycle training (outdoors of course) for Year 6.

We do need to sort methods, digitally most likely, of delivering lessons in Mandarin and re-establishing peripatetic instrument lessons, but other than that we really are engaging children in lessons in a broad, engaging and quality curriculum.