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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/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.

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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 Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. 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 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

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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), 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....

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    16 Jul 2020

    A final farewell

    So here we are, the very last message of the year. It's not quite the goodbye we all envisaged but, when we look back at this blog, we remember the class of 2019/20 with great fondness. We've had lots of fun and created some great memories. We are so proud of each and every one of you.

    Here's what we've been up to this week - well done for keeping up the enthusiasm!

    SS bubble went out into the woods to do the Wizard Rainbow challenge. They made rainbows and then had to find things in the woods to match the colours they had drawn. Even though there are a couple of cheat items (can you spot them?) it's amazing the colours you can see in nature when you look closely. 

    Ben has been working hard for weeks on a REALLY long story, inspired by David Walliams. He's really thought about developing the main character, Grub, and has been editing and adding detail. Here is the final published copy. Maybe you'll write a novel one day Ben?

    Here's another boy who has been working very hard on his home learning. He's sent us a selection of some of the things he's been doing. He's definitely been busy, some great learning here and look how much he raised for charity!

    And here's some more of his learning.

    He made these two powerpoints all by himself. This one explains the digestive system in great detail. 

    And this one is all about the Titanic. Impressive work.

    Here's some more fantastic Titanic work. This time in an exploding book! What a creative way to show what she knows - it really is a work of art.

    Here are some more stunning works of art. The tutorials on how to draw animal eyes have proved to be very popular this week. Can you spot which one is the owl, the tiger, the dragon and the phoenix?

    Here's a tawny owl eye. Just lovely.

    Isla chose the tiger eye. Didn't she do a good job?

    And here are two girls who have been enjoying the outdoors again (remember their trip up Win Hill?) This week they have been on a trail to earn their local history Brownie badge. They found time for an ice cream too - we think you earned it girls. Well done.

    So that's it, we are done for the year. Thank you for being amazing.

    Have a lovely Summer - rest, relax and have fun. See you when you're in Y5!

    And remember.......

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    10 Jul 2020

    Writing, sewing, walking and a new dog!

    This is the time of year when we think about moving on. We visit our new classrooms, spend time with our new teachers and we have a really big sort out and tidy up. It's all a bit different this year and some of you may be feeling a little bit apprehensive about the next step. We have sent you a Powerpoint and video and we hope that they have made you feel a little bit excited about returning to school in September! Your new teachers have sent you a letter to tell you all about themselves and about life in year 5. They would love you to reply so they know a little bit about you too. You can send your letters in the post or email them to

    We know you are going to love year 5 - it's a whole new adventure!

    As always, we would like to say thank you and well done for another great week of learning.

    There has been lots of lovely writing happening, at home and at school. SS bubble made these fabulous exploding books all about the Titanic.

    Allen made an exploding book too and tied it with a ribbon. He has been working really hard on his maths and is getting really quick. He's also used an app called SEEK to explore the natural environment in his back yard. He's looking forward to doing the river challenge next. 

    Allen also found this musical version of the 'Sea Fever' poem we all looked at this week. Have a listen.

    Here's another really impressive book. This (very happy!) boy is showing off everything he has learnt about the Titanic over the last few weeks. Great job.

    Isabel made this clever film trailer to show off her knowledge. Expertly done Isabel!

    And here we have a circle book of facts. There was even time to make a bongo drum!

    Ellie has been fascinated by the Titanic story. This week, she researched some of the artefacts that were found in the wreckage. She made this picollage showing some of them. 

    She has also been busy making this presentation to explain how the digestive system works. Good work Ellie.

    Alex also made a powerpoint presentation to show what he knows and he knows a lot!

    JD bubble have been working on the digestive system too. After making their junk models, they made posters to showing what they have learnt. Very informative.

    Here's Isabel again, this time with a film about digestion. We think she would make a great teacher!

    This week isn't all about the Titanic and digestion though. Here's our talented seamstress with her latest creation - a Harry Potter cushion. Perfect to snuggle up with while reading a good book.

    And here's someone enjoying the great outdoors. The weather didn't stop her as she climbed all the way to the top of Win Hill. Phew!

    And finally, Oliver is very excited to announce that he is getting a new addition to his family next week. Meet Barney, possibly the cutest dog in the world.

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    03 Jul 2020

    A really creative week

    Our Year 4s have impressed us all year with their creativity and this week has been no exception! Once again, we have some super work to share with you.

    This week, the children have turned detective, trying to work out who was responsible for the sinking of the Titanic. They have discovered the willow pattern story and written some poetry. They have done a rainbow colour hunt outside. They have even made huge junk models of the digestive system. What a fun and varied week of learning.

    The children in school sewed their own face masks. They look very professional!

    Raya wanted to share all this lovely writing about 'Henry's Freedom Box'. 

    She has also enjoyed our science experiments, growing things in the garden and observing this very cute squirrel!

    We are absolutely convinced she is going to be a nurse one day. Look at this fantastic diagram of the digestive system, using things she found around the house. Great learning.

    Here's another example of a junk model digestive system. Ellie has written fun facts as labels. What a clever idea.

    Isabel made her digestive system using ACTUAL food. Inspired!

    Here's someone else who decided to use food to make a digestive system - he made bread. Fun and tasty!

    Ethan has been enlisting the help of his Auntie Rosie. She's a doctor at Manchester Children's Hospital and has been giving him virtual lessons on digestion. His granny has been helping him with his maths online too. A real family affair!

    Here's another 3D digestive system - actual life size! Such an inventive use of junk materials. 

    The paper plate shows the willow pattern story. We have looked at, read and listened to a few versions of the story. We then had a go at writing our own. We also designed plates, either depicting the story or another well-known tale. Here's another design.

    Here'a another plate. Harry used coloured pencils to make this delicate design after he'd written an imaginative story about a Chinese dragon. Great work Harry.

    This clever girl made her willow pattern plate from a traditional tale but which one? It looks like the little girl is enjoying that porridge!

    Jacob enjoyed writing his story and then made this plate design. He's done a traditional tale too. Can you spot which one? There's a bit of huffing and puffing going on!

    Jacob has also rediscovered TTRockstars this week (your teacher is pleased to hear this Jacob) and he has worked on a poster to show how you can be kind to yourself. Some very important top tips on here Jacob. 

    Finlay has finally finished his Spring diary, with a difference - it's a film! He has cleverly created this timelapse clip to show the changes he observed over a few weeks. Absolutely beautiful work.


    Here's a boy who is happy with his work. He's worked so hard over the last few weeks - here is just a tiny bit of what he's been doing. He's very proud to have mastered tricky spellings and has practised his maths skills. He has also read three Roald Dahl books. Look at that smile!

    Alex decided to take inspiration from his brother's Y3 home learning this week. He was inspired to write a Greek myth about a 3-headed, 3-tailed monster and he's done a brilliant job. Here it is.

    This super sleuth enjoyed playing detective on board the Titanic. He also found some willow pattern china at home and found time to do this intricate pebble design. Well done.

    We have more budding artists who want to share their work. Charlie has made these gorgeous clay animals. He is in school every day but he found time to make these at home. Great work Charlie. 

    Ninaad was keen to show us all his cartoon drawing skills with this picture. Very impressive Ninaad.

    And finally, huge congratulations to Isla. You may remember this painting she made for the Broomhill Festival art competition.

    Well, she only went and won! Along with her £10 voucher prize, her painting will be displayed in the window of Broomhill library so look out for it if you pass. Well done Isla - we are very proud.

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    26 Jun 2020

    Super learning, sport and sundials

    Hello again everyone. Our blog this week showcases more fantastic learning from our Year 4s. 

    As well as keeping up with maths and English, we have also taken full advantage of the weather and taken part in a virtual sports day, made some shadow art and even been human sundials! 

    As always, there are many other things you would like to share with us -  this is the perfect place to do it so take a look at what we've been up to.

    RD bubble escaped the heat today by going into the woods to do some sketching. They found some lovely shady spots to do their work.

    Ellie worked hard on this diary entry inspired by 'A Cloudy Lesson.' Mrs Purdom thinks it is beautifully written.

    Ellie isn't the only person to enjoy writing. Back in April, Maisy entered a story writing competition about cats and dogs. She is now a professional author because her story has been published in a book!

    Sotirios has been working on this story called 'Galaxy Wars' for quite a while. IT's finally finished and Mrs Wymer is very impressed. Be warned - it's not for the faint-hearted!

    Harry has worked on a comic strip activity from BBC Bitesize. We like the fact the giant boot is a blender - very clever Harry. Mrs Drury loves this.

    He also had fun with the sundial activity. He noticed how the sun moves through the day and the effect this has on his shadow. By 8.00pm, his shadow was over 16 feet long!

    Here's another human sundial. Look how clear that shadow is.

    It was great weather to take part in our virtual sports day too, if a little hot. Hope you remembered your suncream and water bottle.

    We know he loves his science, here he is working inside on an experiment that shows how the digestive system works. Messy but lots of fun!

    Alex did the experiment and wrote a report to show what happened. He said it is officially the most disgusting experiment in the world! What do you think?

    Ninaad has been looking at digestion times. He used excel to record his results. Mrs Smith is really pleased to see this Ninaad. Great work.

    Isabel took some time off learning last weekend to celebrate her birthday. It looks like she had lots of socially distanced fun and even those butterflies made an appearance. 

    She has made this stunning model of the Titanic this week. It's almost as big as her! Great work.

    Molly has been learning about the Titanic too. She made these tickets to show the difference between the classes on board. 

    She also wanted to share her Florence Nightingale acrostic poem from a few weeks ago. Very impressive Molly.

    Molly has also been very busy creating a book called Rabbitropolis, all about an underground city. This is the front cover design. We're looking forward to reading it Molly - it sounds very intriguing.

    She has even found time to apply for a Blue Peter green badge, which are awarded for letters and pictures about the environment and conservation. Here is her letter. Fabulous effort Molly.

    George has been busy again. Look at all this work! If you look closely amid the maths, English and history, you'll see some work about Bear Grylls. George is inspired by his bravery.

    Holly thought we would be interested in these owl pellets she found and dissected. You can clearly see the hair of the animal the owl ate and then the little bones all spread out. Holly loves birds of prey and is looking forward to going to Wales to spot red kites.

    And finally, we saw photos of Josh doing piano practice last week, well now we can hear him! He has been working hard to perfect this piece. We think he's done an amazing job. Just brilliant.

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    19 Jun 2020

    More learning from home and school...

    Life in Year 4 has, once again, been very busy and the week seems to have flown by.

    Whether we are working at home or at school, we have been practising decimals, continuing our work on the digestive system and doing more research about the Titanic. We have also done some work about the slave trade and looked at films and newspaper articles discussing the Black Lives Matter movement. We think we have done some really important learning this week. 

    We listened to this book called 'Henry's Freedom Box' by Ellen Levine. It tells the story of a slave boy, his life and how he gained freedom.

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    We learnt about the background to the story and how slavery was an issue in Britain as well as the USA. We found out about people who were child slaves, like Ignatius Sancho, who later became a butler and then a composer and famous letter writer. We also found out about a woman called Harriet Martineau who worked hard to end slavery. We mapped the key events of the book and we wrote letters, imagining we were Henry writing to a friend.

    Can you spot Jacob's letter here? He's done a good job of retelling the story.

    You'll see Jacob has also been recording digestion times - he used excel to make this barchart - very clever. And look at that model of the Titanic! Super work Jacob.

    The children in SS bubble have been making Titanic models too.Here they are in action.

    CW bubble decided to make watercolour paintings of the titanic this week. They've done a great job. Can you see some of the paintings only have 3 funnels working? That's because only 3 carried smoke from the furnaces. The fourth funnel was just for decoration!

    And here we have another extra long Titanic timeline! There are so many facts written on here - it must have taken ages. Brilliant work.

    George has enjoyed plotting the journey the Titanic made. He has used coordinates to pinpoint some of the key places on its voyage. Fantastic geography George.

    George has also been busy with maths and science. Here is some of his work. You're doing great George!

    Allen has been enjoying maths this week too. He really got into the magic matrix investigation. He was inspired to make up a special matrix which, when you add up each row, gives you the same answer. He wonders if you know the secret?

    Allen is proving to be a good chef too. Who remembers his tasty looking symmetrical pizza? This week, he has made these dumplings which look scrumptious. When can we pop round for tea Allen?

    Allen isn't the only one who has been busy in the kitchen. Check out this marathon baking session! Incredible. Will those boys really eat it all?

    All this food will need digesting and we know all about that after this week. Lots of us have researched digestion times and made bar charts using the information we have found. Minnie made this chart with her daddy. She's very proud of it. Quite right too.

    Here's Ethan's chart. Spot on with that chicken prediction!

    Ellie drew her graph by hand. A couple of her predictions were spot on too. She's also plotted the key events from the Henry story and found time to paint these gorgeous Russian dolls. What a busy girl.

    This young lady loves her science too. She's been dissecting this week! She's also been busy observing her caterpillars. She has watched them turn into chrysalides and, finally, emerge into beautiful butterflies. How wonderful.

    Because we have been looking at the news and discussing protests this week, some of us were inspired to find out about key figures who were influential to the black civil rights movement. Alex made this fact card about Rosa Parks. 

    Isla chose Ruby Bridges because she knows a song about her. Ruby was one of the first African American children to attend a white school and, when she was older, she became a civil rights activist. Great research Isla.

    Isla has also been busy writing this story. She was inspired by a picture of a crow and a key that she found on Pobble. Take a look:  It's a great website and this is a great story Isla. Well done.

    She has also found the the time to get creative. Take a look at this picture she has made for the Broomhill Festival art competition. Good luck! The horse sculpture was made with things she found in her garden. Ingenious.

    SS bubble spent some time making things outdoors today too. We went into the woods and made assault courses for squirrels! We looked at this funny clip first called Squirrel Mission Impossible:
    We then tried to make our own assault courses. We had to be very creative as we could only use things we found in the woods and a bit of string.

    Next week, we are going to be supporting two teacher cyclists, from the sports partnership, who are going to be riding past our school. They are aiming to ride 169 miles, raising money for our local hospitals. We've been busy making banners to wave at them on Tuesday when they go past. We are sure our cheers will make them pedal faster!

    And finally, congratulations to this young lady who has been spending her time wisely and doing some dance mat typing. Here she is proudly showing off her certificate. Good work!

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