Year 5 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.

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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17 Jul 2020

Goodbye Y5 and happy holidays!

So, we have come to the end of the summer term and what a strange term it has been! Whether you have been doing your learning at home, or in your small bubbles at school, you all have one thing in common - you are AMAZING! The Y5 teachers are so proud of you all and have loved speaking to you on the phone, seeing you at school and finding out about all the brilliant things you have been doing since we were all together in March. The Year 6 teachers are looking forward to having you in their classes and you will have a fantastic year with them.

We have some great work to share, for the last time this school year. 

This boy has sent in some of the brilliant work he has been doing at home (this is just a selection!). You can see that he has been working very hard indeed. Well done!

Simeon has also been busy, creating his very professional 3D model and an interesting and well-researched RE presentation. 

Samed has been checking and learning the Y5 and Y6 spelling words - a great way to prepare for September. He also created this informative poster, to welcome the new Y5 children on their first day back.

Some other children have created these great Y5 posters. We think the new children will love them! Thank you for sending them in.

The children at school have also made some posters; we will put them all out on the desks for the new Y5s to see when they come to school on the first day back!

Thank you to everyone who has shared their work on the blog. It really has been a great way to feel connected and will bring back lots of memories when we look back at it over the years. 

Have a lovely holiday everyone and we are looking forward to seeing you all back as Y6s in September!

The Y5 teachers 

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10 Jul 2020

More lovely learning

Hello everyone! We hope that you have all had a happy and healthy week. 

Usually, at this time of year you would be meeting your new teachers and visiting your new classrooms. Sadly, we can't do this at the moment but we have sent you a PowerPoint and video, all about Year 6, to give you an idea of what it will be like. We hope that these have reassured you and made you feel excited about coming back in September! We have also sent you letters from your new Y6 teachers; it would be lovely if you could write them a reply and send it to the Y5 email address. The first two days back at school in September will be transition days, so you will have plenty of time to get to know your new teacher and year group, ask any questions which you may have and just get used to being back at school!

As usual, there has been lots of great learning going on at home and at school this week. The EC bubble promised that they would show us their finished 'Water Carrying' paintings this week and here they are.

The R/J bubble have also finished their paintings; here are a few of them for you to enjoy.

Amelia has sent us these pictures of her paintings which she has done at home and at school. 

These are all stunning - well done to all the artists. 

This boy has worked hard this week on his song lyrics poem. He chose the subject of pollution and has done a fantastic job of sticking to the rhythm and the rhyming structure of the original song. It is a very powerful piece of writing - well done. 

Sophie has also written her own song lyrics, adapted from a song called 'The Streets of London'. The emotive and sensitive lyrics really make you think about how lucky we are - fantastic writing Sophie.

She also shared some of the work she had done using iMovie. Here are some screenshots of her interesting and very professional presentation about the Great Sheffield Flood. 

Oscar and Harry got together over Skype to create this very funny and well written story. Excellent work boys - you make a great writing team!

Ranveer has been working hard on his maths work this week and has also been doing some great research about David Attenborough. Keep up the good work Ranveer!

These boys have also been working hard on their maths home learning; they decided to get together to make it a team effort. Great idea boys!

Mrs Ridsdale has shared this brilliant photo of a heron, which she spotted in the Porter Brook, at Bingham Park, when she was on a walk. It was so still that it looked like a statue. Maybe you will see one if you are out walking near a river. Don't forget to send us a photo if you do!

Next week's blog will be the last one before the summer holidays, so remember to send in any photos that you would like to share.

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04 Jul 2020

A very wet week!

Last week we had a heatwave; this week we have had lots of rain. It is a good job the nice weather was here for our Lydgate Virtual School Games - it would not have been as much fun doing the activities in the rain. The scores are in and Y5/Y6 came 6th out of 59 schools. Well done everyone!

As usual, the children at home and at school have been working very hard and having lots of fun. 

Anya and Cyan were inspired, by the David Attenborough science work, to create their own very interesting and professional animal documentaries. Here are some photos from their presentations. 

This girl used acrylic paints to create this beautiful 'water carrying' picture. She worked on it over a few days, blending the sunset colours and using watered-down black for the shadows. 

This boy has been doing lots of home learning this week: a non-chronological report about The Day of the Dead; a newspaper report about The Great Sheffield Flood; measuring volume; and performing on his violin, as part of the Sheffield Music Hub 'Shotgun' project. He also helped his brother with a science project about the digestive system: they made a bread digestive system and then ate it, covered in Nutella!

Here is another informative and well-researched non-chronological report about The Day of the Dead. This boy also tried the maths challenge and managed to get to a volume of 8 before his cocktail sticks and blue tack structure collapsed. 

The children at school have also been very busy this week.

The EC bubble have started working on their 'water carrying' paintings; they will share the finished art work next week. 

They also did lots of research about The Day of the Dead festival and wrote some excellent non-chronological reports. Here is a display of their work. 

The W/R bubble have been enjoying learning some Caribbean performance skills this week, using two beaters on a xylophone. They learnt to play a piece called Island in the Sun. 

What a fantastic collection of work - well done everyone! We are so proud of you all - at home and at school - for keeping motivated and working so hard, even thought we know it isn't always easy for you. We love seeing what you have been doing  so please keep sharing your photos with us at:                 

Have a great weekend!

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26 Jun 2020

A rather warm week!

We have had a heatwave in Sheffield this week and it has been very warm at school - and probably at  home too. However, it takes more than a bit of hot weather to stop the amazing Y5 children learning and we have had another very busy (and a bit sweaty!) week. 

The children at school are now working in 3 'bubbles' - R/J, EC and W/R. In the W/R bubble, the children have been working on their 'water carrying' paintings, mixing colours carefully to create their backgrounds. We can't wait to see the finished paintings. 

They have also been researching places of worship in RE. These girls have worked really hard on the presentation of their work. 

The children from the R/J bubble have been creating their own advert scripts this week; they went outside to perform them and recorded them on iPads. They have also been skipping for fitness - very impressive on one of the hottest days of the year!

Sophie has been working on her 'water carrying' painting; she has created a stunning background which really makes the silhouette stand out. She decided to make a realistic 3D river poster and has also shared some great English home learning work. She chose to write her 'special place' poem about her garden. 

Inayah has also written a very effective poem about her special place - her bedroom. 

This boy loves drawing - especially dragons! He has concentrated on details of the dragons in these realistic sketches. 

Bea has shared lots of her home learning this week, including her informative non-chronological report about the scientist, Eva Crane. 

Ellie has also shared a range of great home learning, including an interesting and beautifully presented river poster. 

Sam used water colours to create his rivers poster. He has also written this interesting and imaginative booklet about the Amazonian Graven fish - a creature he has invented himself. 

Remina has been a home learning star this week and has all this work to share - well done!

Simeon has worked hard on his advert script in his English work; he has also created a great river poster. 

This boy (with help from his brother) has enjoyed creating this fantastic 3D river poster, using bits of recycling, toilet roll paper mache and tissue paper for the bushes. As you can see, he has also done lots of other excellent home learning work, including solving the maths challenge!

Over the last few weeks, we have seen some adorable pets on the Y5 blog. To continue the theme, this girl has something very exciting to share - her gorgeous new puppy, Coco! 

This boy also has a new 'pet' but it is not so cute and fluffy - he has got a Venus flytrap! He did some research and made this fascinating poster about other carnivorous plants. He is also learning a new skill - knitting. 

Thank you all for your hard work this week. Your teachers are really proud of you (I know we keep saying this but it's true!) and love seeing what you have been doing, at home and at school. Please keep sharing your photos with us at:                 

Have a great weekend!

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19 Jun 2020

More great learning and some yummy baking

It has been another busy week, with lots of learning going on, at home and at school. 

In our English work this week, we have all been looking at some poetry by Jo Coelho and writing poems about our own special places. These children have chosen different places - their garden, their grandma's home in Lancashire and their own homes - to inspire their own poetry. 

Amelia was inspired to write her poem about a place which is special to her - Chatsworth. She also worked hard on the other English tasks for the week and had some interesting ideas for school uniform designs, as well as completing her maths work. 

Ellie also had some great school uniform designs to share, as well as her beautifully presented rivers poster and her maths work. 

Lucy shared this picture of her 'water carrying' art work. Her use of colour in the sunset is really effective. 

Remina has was inspired, by the 'wishing' English unit, to write this story about a greedy boy who wished for ninety bars of chocolate! She also created a great chicken poster and learned about the features of a good website.  

Khalid made up his own story, using ideas from some games he had been playing. 

Divyam took inspiration from this spooky picture to write a suspense story with some very effective and creepy descriptions.

And now for the yummy baking!

Ranveer made these delicious-looking marbled chocolate cookies. 

This boy and his brother had a baking marathon. I hope their family will enjoy eating all these delicious bakes!

Well done again everyone! It is lovely to see all the hard work and fun that is going on. 

Next week is the Lydgate Virtual School Games. Your parents will have had an email about this and you can send in your results next week. We are looking forward to sharing lots of sporty photos on next week's blog. 

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