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The Headteacher's Blog

Introduction

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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02 Feb 2019

Synchronicity - Mobile Phone Ban

I was struggling yesterday with some wording in the draft of the latest Newsletter around our ‘policy’ on smartphones at school.

Why the struggle?

  • Because Governors have not been asked to write an agreed formal Policy.
  • Because I do not want to ban them outright from the premises.
  • Because I want to avoid conflict with pupils or parents.
  • Because, most importantly, the problem at our school does not exist.
  • Because I do not want the wording to suggest a change in policy.

This morning the news broadcasts, news websites and some newspaper front pages have a story featuring statements from the school standards minister, Nick Gibbs, saying that, in his opinion, schools should ban children taking smartphones to either school or classroom.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47095053


Our practical, and we think proportionate, sensible, approach is to allow them to be brought and not allow them to be used on site at all. So they are handed in first thing in the morning and given back at the end of the day. This avoids any misuse, deliberate or accidental, and any claims of misuse. It avoids damage or loss. It avoids something of value being taken without permission.

What we get is total compliance – we simply do not have incidents of children abusing this trust and application of a rule.

Schools have the power to ban smartphones.

Headteachers have the authority to decide if it appropriate to implement a ban.

Smartphone misuse can be a (very limited occurrence) problem.

Children are given increasing independence by the parents over the years of Key Stage 2.

The technology already exists and cannot be un-invented.

Active travel is seriously promoted, and that means getting children to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

Parents want assurance that their child is on the way home of has a means to contact them.

Children have phones – households have more than one phone per family member.

We don’t need deceitful, underhand, underground, furtive, or complicit undermining of a rule that we cannot easily enforce by having parents and children sneaking a phone into school.

I’m not having every child turn out their pockets or bags so we could enforce a total ban – life’s too short and a ‘problem’ (if there even is one) is too small to need this action.

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