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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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    20 Oct 2020

    Friday 23rd October

    Thank you, well done and happy holidays!
    The year 4 staff would like to say a big thank you to all the children for being such a happy and enthusiastic bunch of learners, a big well done for coming to school with a positive attitude and taking on board all our new systems and rules and a very well deserved happy holidays! 
    Thank you to parents and families too, for your support during this long half term. It's been new and unusual but one that has been filled with lots of smiles and fun.

    Here's a taste of what we have been getting up to this week:

    In 4CW this week, we have been busy electing our school council representative.  Nine of us put forward some fantastic presentations saying why we thought we would be suitable and also shared some of the good ideas we have.  It was a lovely afternoon and everyone voted.  Well done to Claudia who is going to be our class rep for this year.

    In our literacy lessons, we have been studying Horrid Henry books and thinking about how the author creates suspense and makes us want to read on.  We have really enjoyed these stories and have written our own, making up our own titles.  We have had a go at drawing a few of the characters from these stories.  Can you tell who they are?

    We have also enjoyed writing our Horrid Henry themed stories too and have started our work on decomposition (subtraction) in Maths! This week we learnt all about the Roman army and how organised they were. We also found out about the three invasions of Britain in 55BCE / BC, 54BCE / BC and 42AD / CE. We are looking forward to our next lessons on the Romans next half term.  Here is some of our work on Roman soldiers.

    It's been all about Horrid Henry in our class too! We have done lots of work, leading up to writing our very own stories on a Horrid Henry theme. First of all, we thought about the characters of Henry and Peter and their friends. We studied their personalities and thought about their appearance and how they behave. Then we created our own Horrid Henry characters, with alliterative names. We had Crazy Carl, Naughty Nick, Lovely Lily and Daft Dexter - we had lots of fun making up all the new names. We watched Tony Ross on Youtube showing us how to draw Horrid Henry and then we had a go at drawing our new characters. We wrote their characteristics around our drawings.

    Then we thought of a title for our stories. We had Luxurious Leo and the Lost Money, Miserable Meera and the First Day at School, Dirty Daniel gets Revenge and many more. Liam called his Reckless Rex and the New Vase. Can you guess what happens in his story?
    Before we started writing, we organised our thoughts on a story map. We thought about the journey of the story and the order of events. Here are a few of our story maps:

    This clever girl was so enthused about writing her story that she couldn't wait and she wrote hers at home! She called it Naughty Nick and the Great Eggy Adventure. She is busy publishing it at the moment. Here she is reading her story to the class. We all agree she is like a real author!

    We are very proud of our efforts and Mrs Purdom is looking forward to being entertained by our stories over half term!
    If you want to find out more about the world of Horrid Henry, this is a really good website:

    And finally...... don't forget your research homework!
    Everyone should have a copy of this in their homework books. It has also been emailed so the links are easy to access. 

    We hope you enjoy doing your Roman research and we are really looking forward to sharing your work when we return after the half term break. 


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    14 Oct 2020

    Friday 16th October

    Year 4 have done lots of lovely learning inside and outside this week. Take a look at what we have been up to.

    We have had lots of fun looking at our musical instruments and discovering how the sound is made.  Some of us brought in our own instruments and gave little talks about them and played some tunes.

    In the woods this week, we made our own trolls based on a story that Mrs Wymer told us.  We used balls of clay and then anything we could find from the forest floor.  Once we had done this we made assault courses for our trolls.  

    In our history lessons this week, we have been finding out what life was like for a Roman soldier. We learnt about the army as it was in 42AD and what the conditions were like for legionnaires. We collected lots of facts and made detailed drawings of soldiers in their uniforms.

    We went into the woods again this week and had a great time doing all the Ps - Play, Perfume and Pendants! We had a bit of free time to play with each other and then we rigged up a shelter so that we could keep dry (it was a wet Wednesday). The shelter was big enough to get us all underneath. 

    We made our own forest perfume by gathering things from the woods and mushing them up with a stick. We mixed it with a bit of water to release the aroma. Then we gave our new scent a woodland name. We came up with some really creative ideas. Meg called hers 'Blackberry Blossom', Rosie called hers 'Autumn Sense', Daniel went for 'Nature Mix' and Sammy decided on 'Fragrance of the Woodpecker'.

    We sat under the shelter to make our nature inspired pendants. We drew squirrels, toadstools, leaves, trees, hedgehogs, lady birds, insects and different plants and flowers. We wore them proudly for the rest of the day and then took them home.

    This week we have been working hard on addition in our maths lessons. We have been using the compact method which is very quick and efficient, but it's still been important to understand what each digit represents. We've been doing a lot of work on our whiteboards before progressing to exchanging.

    We carried out a great experiment in science about sound proofing. Ask us at home which material we found was the best at absorbing sound.

    We have also started to think about our class charter. The class voted for an animal theme. Watch this space next week to see how this progresses. We took to some crazy animal face pictures today!

    A little extra!
    Last week we shared our fabulous class book about the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus, but Mrs Drury missed off the last page. Not wanting to keep you all in suspense on our cliffhanger any longer, here it is...

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    08 Oct 2020

    Friday 9th October

    It's been another busy week in Year 4. Take a look at what we have all been up to.


    Negative numbers

    We have been using time lines in maths and history this week. Some of us got a little bit confused so we have done lots of practice and we are much better now! We did some work on BC and AD in our topic lessons and had to put a whole Roman timeline in order. This linked well to our maths work on negative numbers. We had a go at drawing negative numbers using pictures. Mrs Purdom actually let us write on the tables! Sssssssshhhhhh.........don't tell Mr Jones.

    We worked on greater than and less than with negative numbers and learnt how to read a thermometer. It was a bit tricky at first but we didn't give up.

    The rise of the Roman Empire

    After we completed our Roman timelines, we considered where it all began. We learnt that Rome was a collection of small villages on the banks of the River Tiber. It started off really small but it grew and grew. The Roman Empire was at  its height in 117AD. We coloured our maps to show the land that was occupied by the Romans and the land that was occupied by the Celts at that time.

    A musical morning

    Wow! When Mrs Purdom asked us to bring in our musical instruments, she didn't realise we would have a whole class band! We had a lovely morning listening to each other play our instruments. We thought about how the sound is made for each one. We know that sound is made by vibrations but we didn't know how those vibrations are made and changed in different instruments. Luckily, we had some experts to help us.

    Here are the guitars. We listened to electric and acoustic. Th electric guitar's sound is made through the pick up, which is small magnetic discs under the strings. We saw that the strings were different thicknesses on both guitars. Liam showed us how the sound changes when you move your finger up the fretboard.

    . Here's another string instrument - the ukelele. It works in the same way as a guitar. The other instrument her is called a kalimba. It's an African instrument which has metal prongs. When you twang them, they vibrate, a bit like a ruler on a desk. The different lengths produce different sounds.

    Some instruments are played by blowing them, but not all in the same way. The tenor horn is played by buzzing (or vibrating) your lips together. The flute is played by blowing across the blow hole. The clarinet has a reed in the mouthpiece. When you blow into it, it vibrates, making the sound. The sound is changed in all of these instruments by pressing keys or valves to block the tubes.

    The recorder works in the same way but you blow directly into the mouthpiece. We also heard the bongo drum and noticed that the sound was different when you tapped the middle of the drum to when you tapped the edge of the drum. We thought this was because the skin was tighter at the edges so the vibrations would be different.

    The other strings instruments we listened to are the violin and the cello. They are both played with a bow (made of horse hair) The sound is made and changed by drawing the bow across the strings. We noticed the sound changed when the bow was angled differently.

    And finally, we listened to the keyboard. We learnt that a piano has strings attached to the keys and there is a hammer inside the piano. When you press a key, the hammer hits the string and this makes the sound. We thought it might be a string instrument but we found out that it's usually classed as a percussion instrument.

    What a great morning's work!


    In Year 4, we would normally go to visit Tapton Congregational Church, but due to current circumstances they have had to come to us instead.  Reverend Knockles told us all about the interior of the church,  including features such as the organ and the pulpit.  She told us a lot about her job and about the history of the church.  She came with Daryl, who is learning how to be a minister.  We also sang a little song together that she might sing in her church.  They sing five or six songs each time they meet.  They love singing!  She has given us a little job to do which involves us making a wreath for Remembrance Day and she has also asked us to sing some Christmas Carols and record our singing so that she can play it to her congregation to cheer them all up.


    This week we put together our class book based on a Roman myth about how Rome was founded in 753 BCE. The myth was about twins named Romulus and Remus. We enjoyed painting the different scenes in water colours. It has already been in demand in our book cornere with lots of children wanting to read it again and again and again. You can read the full story here!

    Later this week, we completed our whole school art work. Our class worked on paintings of Ogres. We have looked at different face shapes and did lots of mixing to create different water colour shades. We found that using the black broad felt tip pens, really brought our Ogres to life! (not really to life as that would be terrifying!).  Here we are busy being creative!

    Here are some of our wonderful (but slightly frightening) finished ogres. We will feel proud when we see them as they are being put up all around our school.

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    30 Sep 2020

    Friday 2nd October


    The whole school are busy working on a new whole school art theme of Fairy tales. Next week, everyone in the school will have a piece of art work displayed in the main school building. 4JP have listened to lots of fairy tales over the last few weeks and we decided to do 'Little Red Riding Hood' paintings for the exhibition. 

    First of all, we looked at some photographs of woods that Mrs Purdom had taken over the holidays. We also looked at different illustrations of Little Red Riding Hood. We used them to make ideas boards. We made little sketches and experimented with colours before deciding on our final composition. 

    When we were ready, we learnt how to use acrylic paints and painted our enchanted forests. We thought carefully about the colours we needed to mix and we added more and more detail as we went along.

    We enjoyed adding the finishing touches of glitter and sparkles and, of course, our Little Red Riding Hoods! 

    We enjoyed another forest schools session on Wednesday morning. It was a little bit rainy but we didn't mind. This week was all about using our eyes and being observant. We noticed some changes in the woods. There were more leaves on the floor and it was a little lighter as the canopy of leaves isn't as dense. We tried to identify some of the trees from the shapes of the leaves.

     Then we looked closely at the trunks of the trees. It's amazing what you can see if you REALLY stand and focus. We looked for faces in the bark but we found other things too!

    Here are some of the faces we found.

    And here are two eyes looking straight at you!

    Can you spot a witch, a dinosaur, a skull and an owl?

    We even found time for a spot of spontaneous den building! Liam and Isaac were the project managers and pretty soon, the whole class joined in. We had an ideas person, a human conveyor belt, designers, engineers and labourers. Great fun and a fantastic team effort.

    In 4CW we have also been busy completing our whole school art project and our theme was Rapunzel.  We have had great fun making the castles out of kitchen roll holders and Rapunzels out of dolly pegs.  We used our skills and really worked together on this one.  Some of us are experts at plaiting hair and some of us are expert painters.  We all helped each other and here are just a few of our finished models.  All of them will be on display around the school next week.

    We have also been in the woods this week and made nests to keep our door mice warm.  Our door mice were actually little containers filled with hot water.  We took the temperature of the water before we put them in the nests then after play time we took the temperature again.  We discovered that the best nests, were those that were tightly packed in mud and leaves.  The winning nest only dropped by 2 degrees. 


    This week has been another busy one and we enjoyed our world's biggest lesson. This was all about the 16 global goals. Our class focus was clean and affordable energy. Mrs.Drury really enjoyed looking at our homework books this week, as our work was also based on this. We produced some great posters in class too, which will eventually go on display in the school hall.

    We enjoyed getting some boom whackers out this week! We created some lovely diagrams in our books to show our understanding of volume and pitch, as part of our science topic of sound.  We now understand how the pitch and the speed of the vibration, is affected by the shape, tension and size of the sound source. The bottles were interesting (when Mrs.Drury finally got a noise out of them!) but the boom whackers were the best bit. We enjoyed listening to different boom whacker music afterwards. 

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    24 Sep 2020

    Friday 25th September


    We have had a very busy, happy week! We have learnt all about what life was like for the Celts in Britain before the Romans invaded; we have learnt how sound is made through vibrations; we have practised our passing and catching skills in rugby; we  have done a maths test (and smiled all the way through!) and we have had our photographs taken.

    Our class timeline is finally finished. We managed to get it all in chronological order and it is hanging right across our classroom. We have included lots of important historical events and learnt lots from each other. 

    We have been busy writing poetry too. First of all, we discussed how words paint a picture in all of us and how those pictures are different for everyone. We experimented with similes and made a class poem for our working wall. We learnt the difference between similes and metaphors and had a go at writing our own poems using metaphors. We found it tricky at first but we persevered and we all improved. Mrs Purdom was so proud of us! Here are a few examples of our poems. Do they paint a picture for you?

    We also love our PE in 4JP. Here we are joining in with some disco iMoves and showing off our best dancing to 'Jumpstart Johnny'. You can join in at home here:


    Another hardworking and lovely week in 4JD. We completed some great presentations this week about how sound is made through vibrations and how our ears work. Mrs. Drury was very impressed and we enjoyed watching them back. We've completed our maths assessments now and have played lots of rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 games. Stevie Wonder was our artist of the week and we enjoyed his funky music! Forest schools was lots of fun as you can see from our pictures this week.

    Mrs Drury told us a traditional Norwegian story about three brothers and a mean troll who lived in the woods. If you ask me I might be able to tell you the story, it involves some cottage cheese, a white bird, a sack and some oatmeal! We made our own clay trolls and then created mazes and houses for them out of natural objects. This was something Norwegian sailors used to do on the beaches with shells and stones to keep the trolls from causing mischief!

    As you can see all our trolls were different and had their own unique personalities, just like all of us. Every week we are getting to know each other better. 


    We have had another lovely week and have enjoyed lots of art work especially on Friday.  We listened to the story of Romulus and Remus which is an ancient myth about how Rome came to be called Rome.  We then each took different parts of the story and did a watercolour painting of that scene.  We also took part in the World's largest lesson which is all about global goals.  Part of our homework will be to tell you all about it and what we can do to support it.  


    And finally, a note about swimming:

    Swimming lessons start this Thursday (1st October) for 4JP and 4SS. Our other two classes will start their block later in the year.

    You should have received two letters via email, one from school and one from Sheffield Swim Service. If you haven't, please let the school office know and we will get them out to you straight away.

    Please remember to shower at home, come to school 'beach ready' and don't forget your pants!

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