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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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    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.