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....
As anyone who has watched The Big Bang Theory (E4, just about every evening) will know, Dr. Cooper has a thing with labelling stuff, including his label-maker. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattcornock/9069083283/
We have a label-maker, too. In fact, ours pre-dates his. It was in a drawer, labelled ‘label-maker’, obviously.
While I was off work this week for a couple of days someone learnt how to use it and set about labelling a few things – so far I have spotted, ‘Heads Door’, Heads Door Handle’, ‘Heads Desk’, ‘Heads Table’, ‘Heads Filing Cabinet’, ‘Heads Clock’, ‘Heads Computer Screen’, ‘Heads Tea Mug’, and one on a piece of paper that says, ‘Missing Apostrophe’.
I am not outraged, nor upset, nor baffled, nor disappointed, nor worried at any of this, because it does not show disrespect or waste. It may well show some silliness, but it also shows, in great measure, wit and intelligence, spirit and morale, creativity and thoroughness, and a recognition that the school has a Headteacher who can laugh and likes to do just that.
I wrote a blog a short while back about looking after the healthy minds and hearts of my staff, so that they are in turn healthier, stronger and better able to look after the children in their care. I reckon the laughs they got in setting this up on Friday, and the laughs they will get each time I discover another label (there will be a ‘Heads Pen’ and a ‘Heads Hole-punch’), are part of that process. We aim to be a healthy school, a whole healthy school, in minds and bodies and spirits.
I’ll check the label-maker on Monday to see if it is now labelled.
Anyone who needs things sorting, classifying and labelling – we can probably loan out some staffing and equipment.
Don’t they know the Queen’s English?
To which an acceptable, though ignorant, answer would be, ‘Is she?’
The use of apostrophes to indicate contractions or omission is now in the English curriculum for Year 2 – that’s before our school even starts. And, to meet the national standard for Y2, children have to be, 'spelling some words with contracted forms'.
No problem – just get children to speak fully, correct sentences without any informal form of a word or words, then compare with the contracted, informal variety. Add apostrophes accordingly.
Except Costa Coffee in Broomhill has this sign on display in the front window:
It’s been there for a couple of years now.
And Iceland in Hillsborough is displaying this sign:
Same word, same misuse, same mistake. The copywriters or sign-writers both fail to meet the (interim) teacher assessment standard for the end of Key Stage 1, if (un)til is in their list, and certainly fail to meet the standard for end of Key Stage 2. You will only be ‘working towards ‘ the Y6 Standard if you are, ‘using capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contraction mostly correctly’.
And if you’re not sure what I am talking about – do they mean that the shop till is not open on time? That the till will be open later than usual? No, they mean that the shop will be open until late on. That would be ‘Open ‘til late’.
So I could become all, ‘Mr. Pedantic from Peterborough’, but that is not what good teachers do. Instead, we use these examples with our pupils and ask them to work out what is wrong. This improves their own reading, spelling and punctuation.
I just hope neither sign was written, approved, printed or hung by one of my former pupils.