Year 3 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....
We have had lots of messages telling us that the children are enjoying finding out all about the Ancient Greeks.
Many children have told us how much they enjoyed reading and listening to the Greek myths and how they have been inspired to find out more and to write their own.
Here is Zaina's storyboard of Theseus and the Minotaur:
Here is Eddie's version of the Theseus story:
These children retold the stories of Odysseus:
Sarah wrote Odysseus' diary after he visited Circe the Sorceress:
Take a look at these great mythical creatures that the children have designed.
We have particularly enjoyed reading the children's own stories written in the style of a quest myth. We hope you enjoy reading them too.
The children found out about the theatre in ancient Greece. They thought about how the masks that the actors wore showed exaggerated expressions and designed one of their own. Here are some of them.
The children also enjoyed designing their own Greek vases.
Rosie has made a design for a Greek vase with a modern design showing her playing the clarinet instead of the double flute that was played in ancient Greek times:
Here is Lyla's vase design:
Here is the Year 3 learning news from the last week.
Lots of children have told us they have been enjoying reading and listening to the Greek myths. We have received a few more storyboards and stories of Theseus and the Minotaur.
The children have been practising using inverted commas to show direct speech. They read the Greek story of Icarus and imagined what Icarus and Daedalus might have said to each other. Here are some examples of their work.
Still on the theme of Ancient Greeks, the children have been practising key patterns. Leon made drawing of a beautiful patterned vase:
Jacob made a design for a 2020 vase that shows the pandemic and modern technology.
Freya made her designs out of gingerbread. They look great!
The children at school read the Robert Louis Stevenson poem 'My Shadow'. They practised reading it aloud thinking about the rhythm and rhyming patterns. They then memorised one of the verses. Listen to them recite the verses here.
Here is Thomas' diagram showing the parts of a plant:
There has been lots of creativity happening again this week. This busy girl has designed and built a shoe rack which she painted in mermaid colours. Very impressive!
Eleanor used her sewing skills to design and make a backpack for her unicorn teddy out of an old vest.
She also made a huge, beautiful family picture with her younger brother.
It has been another busy week of learning. The children who have been in school have been doing the same as their friends at home. Here are some of the things they have been doing...
For maths, the children have learnt about angles. They have been finding and measuring right angles and comparing the size of angles.
Aidan has found lots of right angles around his house:
Here is how Leon compared angles to a right angle:
Some children didn't have a set square at home so they made their own. Here is Lyla's colourful right angle:
The children in school made some right angles into creatures to help them measure:
The children found out all about the foods that the Ancient Greeks would have eaten. They then made up a menu for a café using only foods that were available 2000 years ago - no pizza or chips! Notice the wonderful description they have used to persuade you to order.
Here is Orla's menu:
Art has drawn this beautiful Greek vase:
We started a new science topic this week all about plants. Here are some beautiful diagrams of a plant with the main parts labelled.
Some children have been doing some extra creative writing of their own. Arlo wrote this wonderful story:
Lyla wrote a limerick about a dog called Lenny:
Lyla has also been busy with Lego. She has made a floor plan of a house.
The Y3 children at home and at school enjoyed the story of Theseus and the Minotaur this week. After listening to the story, they made a storyboard of the main events that took place. They then practised using adverbs and adverbial phrases to add detail to their sentences, and retold the story. Here are some of their amazing stories and storyboards. We're very impressed with some of the ambitious vocabulary they have used.