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/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Hill, Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.
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 includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC). Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.
As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.
We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.
We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.
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), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. 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....
The Face of the Future
I do not know how they do it, but the quality of newly trained students that we see at interview is astonishing.
On Thursday this week we interviewed to fill a teacher vacancy in Year 3. The whole process was conducted via the internet, including devising the process, shortlisting and interviewing. I have never done it this way before, and we had our doubts about what we could discover via video:
- We could not see teaching,
- We might not pick up on relationships,
- How would we assess warmth?
- What planning and teaching skills could we watch?
But it was a revelation and the four candidates were extraordinary.
I could make this blog post into a test of ordering comparatives and superlatives: the four young teachers we saw were incredible; engaging, inventive, empathetic, confident, warm, witty, open, honest, self-aware, capable, reflective, and about ten years’ experience better than I was at that stage of my career.
That we could attract applications from four so talented people is nice, and perhaps says something good about our school. Maybe it says that we write a good advert, run a decent-looking website and have a fair local reputation. The way each shone during the interview might reflect well on the way we put each at ease and set up the process. Their warmth possibly reflected ours. It was, whichever way round, a fabulous way to spend a day at work and left us feeling quite in awe, honoured to be setting someone on their way in their teaching career, and thrilled for our Year 3 pupils in September.
That all four are so good, at the very start of their careers, says a huge amount about them, their colleges, their secondary schools and all the people who have worked to develop such great people. I am grateful for all you have done, as I know my pupils are about to gain a great deal from their new teacher’s skills, knowledge and enthusiasm.
It is easy to say, yet on this occasion it really is true: we would very, very happily have appointed all four candidates. The first phone call I make after we reach a decision is to the person we have selected, just in case they turn us down at the offer. I always ask and hope.
We are certain that every child will love Miss Hayden and be very proud to be in her class.