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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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04 Jan 2017

Training Days - what? Again?

Staff completed their third and fourth training days of the year this week, while the school’s pupils had an extra-long Christmas and New Year holiday.

There are long-established reasons for placing the training days like this, always up against the start or end of holidays. We hope it makes it easier for parents/ carers to arrange childcare, that it gives greater opportunity to take a vacation out of term time by increasing the length of break and number of possibilities, and it keep s the term time itself intact as one block. We always synchronise with our feeder school, but cannot do so with the many Secondary schools that our pupils’ siblings attend. Too many Secondaries and far too many feeder schools unless all would take the same days. And as many are now Academies with full freedom to select their own arrangement of five training days there really is no way to insist on coordination.

We used these two days to concentrate on:

  • The next stages of Rights Respecting Schools work – how we cover all the Articles in our cross-curricular teaching,
  • Moderating writing within and across year groups, leading from the annual John Lewis TV advert - using writing specifically produced by all the pupils for assessment to develop further our own understanding and recognition of ‘working at greater depth’ and ‘meeting the expected standard’,
  • Planning for the teaching of English in year groups, and for mastery maths lessons – so that we share planning skills and roles, ensuring quality provision is continuous,
  • Interventions available in school including Lexia, First Class at Number, Catch up Reading and others – what they can provide, who they are aimed at, what can be expected from them, what they need in order to be most effective,
  • Staff well-being – so that we are fit and well in order to look after our pupils as best we possibly can and as they undoubtedly deserve.

Our fifth and final training day closure is in June, fitted alongside the May half term holiday. This year we will have been able to have one on each of the five days of the working week – helping our part-time staff and hopefully inconveniencing each part-time working parent / carer a little less.

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27 May 2016

‘What we get up to on Training Days’ – or – ‘Put your own oxygen mask on first’

There has been a long-term move, a ground-swell, to develop schools’ positive approaches towards supporting positive well-being and mental health amongst pupils and students.

We have had PSHE for years. Schools have introduced ‘circle time’, frowned on by conservatives and highly recommended by anyone who has seen and heard Jenny Mosley ( in action. We’ve covered ‘emotional literacy’ in training. A growing number of schools are involved, as we are, in Rights Respecting work. ‘Mindfulness’ is current, seen on many an adult colouring book. Nurture groups ( or similar provision feature in many schools. Outdoor learning, such as the Forest Schools scheme ( , gives space and time in natural settings for experiential learning. Adapted and alternative curricular are being used more and more widely to accommodate the needs of children for whom the mainstream, normal is just not working. Classrooms and schools have become ‘autism friendly’, with visual timetables, key workers, personal plans, sensory rooms, and so on. Attachment Disorder is being recognised as a much more widespread issue than thought before, and school staff are getting direct training on the problem as it impacts on children. Learning and peer mentors in schools seek to help children who are experiencing difficulties. Parent Support Advisers are doing the same with their parents. There are Playground Friends and Playmakers, pastoral support staff and we have our own Friendship Room. Even the change of name for support group meetings reveals how the emphasis for service offers has changed – we have ‘team around the child’ and 'team around the family’ meetings now. Along with a few other pilot schools we are involved in a CAMHS-school link project for a year.

Our teaching staff spent two fabulously fruitful hours in the company of a CAMHS clinician and a CAMHS-school link worker ( on Thursday afternoon. You might not think we could enjoy an afternoon spent on positive mental health approaches, but enjoy it we did. We had our eyes opened to see how we could, both as a whole school and individually as such potentially important people in the lives of our pupils, help make each child’s experience warmer, more positive, more fulfilling and more personal. We will be pursuing these ideas in the coming weeks and months, as we try to make these simple ideas and complex action plans part of the fabric of everyday life at our school. We do not seek token gestures – there will be no plonking of a Friendship Bus Stop sign ( on the playground and no siting of a Buddy Bench ([gallery1209]/0) in a lonely corner – but a concerted and thought-through campaign that will, we are confident, make a long-lasting difference for many of our children.

Jenny Mosley, airline safety announcements and Richard Branson all advocate, partly, the same approach to looking after your customers / pupils. They all say you have to look after yourself, too. Jenny Mosley advocates that professionals, operating in sometimes highly charged situations of great emotional stress and impact, must recharge and refresh themselves in order that they might be able to help children cope and learn to self-regulate. Airline cabin staff tell us to put our oxygen mask on first, before helping others. And Richard Branson is often quoted as saying he does not put customers first – he puts his employees first so that they can meet the needs of customers better.

You’ll have to pardon me, then, when I, at times, seem to put the well-being and positive health of my staff at a high priority. I need them to be fit, and well, and able to meet the needs of our pupils, and they cannot do this to the highest standard if they are themselves flat-out, under-appreciated or stressed to a point where they cannot operate effectively. Sometimes this is what we do on Training Days, too – we meet the needs of our colleagues.

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