West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 17th noVEMBER 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week began following the huge success of our Christmas fayre last Saturday. Huge thanks goes to everyone who attended as well as to FOWLS for all their dedication and hard work which has resulted in lots of money being raised to support our schools.

Thanks is also extended to you all for your generous donations for today's non-uniform day in aid of Children in Need. These events are so important in highlighting the importance of charitable donations to the children, who I'm sure all enjoyed coming to school in their spots!

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend,

Best Wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Children in Need

Today, the school turned spotty in aid of Children in Need! The children looked as wonderful as ever, donning their spots and Pudsey ears to mark this annual event, whilst also doing 'their bit' by donating to charity.

We would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of the Children in Need charities for all your generous donations, which combined to make an impressive total of £759.94. We know that this money will be greatly received.

Year 3

The children have been working very hard this week completing assessments in English and maths lessons. The corridor has been very quiet each morning and the children have all tried their best to demonstrate their learning from this first term in Year 3.

Science lessons have been focused on fossils: where and how they are formed inside sedimentary rocks. The children drew on their learning from reading the story of Mary Anning ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’ and even created their own salt dough fossils which they will be bringing home next week.

Our design and technology lessons have seen the children work in teams to build their carefully designed Stone Age shelters. The resulting shelters are impressive, as were the team work skills on display in the Year 3 classrooms.

We are looking forward with anticipation to our visit to Barleylands next week, where the children will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of the Stone Age.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

The children have continued to work hard to perfect their performance, showcasing their learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. They have enjoyed practising on stage in front of their peers and are very excited to welcome all their parents and carers next week, to share information and their skills in acting, dancing and singing.

Our science lessons this week have continued to build upon their learning and understanding about sound and how it is formed and travels. They have considered how to muffle sound and which types of materials might be the most effective, investigating this using decibel meters. Looking at the different types of feathers on a variety of birds and watching and listening to their flight, also informed their decision making.

Our English lessons have been taken up with tests. The children have shown resilience and determination, working hard to demonstrate their increased understanding.

In maths lessons, the children have continued their work on fractions. They made progress, when adding and subtracting fractions both with the same denominator and those within the same fraction families. They have progressed to finding fractions of amounts including where the numerator is larger than one, using this knowledge to solve a variety of word problems including those involving measure and time.

To support our learning in our PSHCE lessons about bullying, the children have considered the impacts of cyber bulling. They have thought about how this happens, examples of this kind of bullying, how to report it and how to support, help and provide advice to others who might experience issues when online.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

As the winter weather descends, the children have not let this deter their spirits. Although 5F and 6K were unable to go to Fields, they were still given the opportunity to play Tag Rugby on the playground. We have our fingers crossed for more suitable weather next week.

This week in English, the children have been captivating their audience with creative and cohesive stories which were based on “The Great Wave of Plastic.” The imagination shown by all of the classes has allowed their stories to really come to life.

Statistics has been the focus in maths lessons this week. The children have created and analysed line graphs which were created from their own data. Once complete, the focus shifted to answering and creating questions based on this data - a vital skill for many professions they might choose to pursue in the future.

Applying their learning from this week's maths lessons, the children have collected and presented data when testing the effectiveness of their parachutes. They designed and created very different parachutes which allowed them to show their scientific skills of prediction and evaluation.

Building upon last week's learning, the children have continued their programming journey with Lego WeDo. Since our visit from Mr Gauntlett (from The Environment Agency), the children have been full of questions about flood defences and how this works from an engineering perspective. Our Connected Curriculum lessons allowed the children to discover and experiment for themselves as they created their own defences.

As always, we want to thank all parent helpers, whether that be supporting with reading or helping us with sporting events. If anyone is available to help with Forest Schools w/c 27th November 2023, please let us know. We are looking for two volunteers per class.

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope you will stay drier than our “groundlings” will next week.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

Our English exploration led us to a captivating performance of Macbeth by the Young Shakespeare Company. Inspired by the play, students engaged in their own poetry performance, delved into character analysis, and crafted intense written pieces inspired by the mysterious heath within the story. This immersive experience not only enhanced their understanding of Shakespearean literature but also ignited their creativity in expressing complex themes through their own writing.

In maths, we delved deeper into the world of 2D shapes, covering additional aspects such as angles and the area of triangles. They expanded their geometric knowledge, exploring the relationships between angles within shapes and mastering the formula for calculating the area of triangles.

As scientists, they actively participated in hands-on experiments, casting shadows and unraveling the theory behind their formation. This exploration not only deepened their understanding of light and shadows but also encouraged critical thinking and inquiry-based learning.

In our Connected Curriculum, students showcased their creative design skills as they embarked on designing their own puppets. The imaginative process allowed them to express their uniqueness through puppet design, setting the stage for the upcoming hands-on creation phase. This project not only integrates various skills but also fosters a sense of ownership and creativity among the pupils.

Letters sent home this week:

Online Safety

As well as our weekly online safety guides, I would like to remind you of the recent letter about Online Safety for Parents. In the letter, we outlined the process for signing up (for free) to the National Online Safety services. You can do so by following the link in the letter and select ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type in order to get instant access to a wealth of support guides, videos and resources. This only takes a few moments to do and will help us all to keep your children safe online.

The online safety guide this week focuses on Smart TVs which have become more affordable in recent years. They are now found in many homes and these advanced systems offer numerous features beyond those of a normal television set. They have the ability to access the internet and interface with popular streaming services without the need for an additional set-top box or other device.

This increased functionality, however, also brings additional threats to privacy, security and more – as you’d expect from any device capable of going online. As televisions are such a cornerstone of our home lives, these dangers can be uniquely difficult to manage. This week's guide breaks down the major risks, with tips on helping children to enjoy TV … stress free!

The Travelling Book Fair is Coming to West Leigh!

From Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December, we will be hosting our book fair in school just in time for Christmas. We have been lucky enough to secure a 3 for 2 deal which means you can get your very own special deals in our own Black Friday week! As always, there will be a wide selection of beautiful books that the children will have a chance to view during the week and you will be able to purchase, either with cash or using QR technology.

This year, we are not only hosting the sale after school until approximately 3.45pm each day, but we are also hoping to sell some books during the Christmas decoration mornings so that parents can browse without prying eyes! We look forward to seeing you!

Art Club Creations

During our lunchtime art club over the past few weeks, the children have designed, made and begun to paint clay pinch pots.

They have learnt clay techniques such as pinching, shaping and smoothing to create their chosen shape. Everyone has done a fantastic job so far and we cannot wait to see the finished result in a few weeks time!

West Leigh V. St Michael's

On Tuesday this week, the Year 6 girls played another friendly netball match against St Michael's School.

After heavy rain all day, it was touch and go whether or not the game should go ahead!

With some excellent shooting from the girls, they managed to win all the games played, swapping all the players in and out of positions to make sure everyone got to play.

A huge well done to all the players.

One Love Project Assembly

This week, Year 5 and 6 were visited by Jess Ellis - a volunteer at The One Love Project. As part of our work on 'The Little Things' we are finding out about different ways that we can give back to our community. Jess told the children about the volunteer work that she does at The One Love Project, which includes sorting through clothes donations, preparing and serving food for homeless and vulnerable people in Southend and organising foodbank donations. It was incredibly interesting to hear about all the different volunteer roles at the project and many of our children were inspired to volunteer when they are older. We would love to hear more about different volunteer work that parents and families within our local community are involved in - if you are able to come and share, please get in touch with Mrs London.

Christmas Jumper Swap

We are very excited to be holding our first ever Christmas jumper swap next Friday.

Children have been asked to bring their jumpers in to school on Friday morning, when they will be given a token to complete their swap on Friday afternoon.

Parents and younger siblings (including babies) are also invited to take part. Please send any adult or baby jumpers into school with your child on Thursday so they can bring home your token(s). The adult and baby swap will take place from 3.30pm on Friday in the upper school hall.

Book Looks

Our popular 'Book Looks' will resume in the spring term on a half termly basis.

Key Notices this Week:

Assistant Principal and SENDCO


Dinner Menu

Week 2

Monday - Homemade Tomato and Vegetable Wholemeal Pasta Bake - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Jam Doughnuts

Tuesday - All Day Breakfast (Sausage, Beans, Hash Brown) - Vegetarian All Day Breakfast (Vegetarian Sausage, Beans, Hash Brown) - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruity Flapjack

Wednesday - Traditional Roast Chicken with Yorkshire Pudding - Quorn in vegetable gravy with Yorkshire Pudding - Granary Baguette with Egg Mayonnaise - Roast Potatoes, Carrots / Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Chocolate Cherry Cake

Thursday - Homemade Mild Chili Con Carne - Homemade Mild Vegetable and 5 Bean Chilli Con Carne - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Rice and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Biscuit

Friday - 100% Fish Fingers - Vegetable and Cheese Bake - Granary Baguette with Salmon and Sweetcorn - Potato Puffs, Sweetcorn / Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Ice Cream

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

November 2023

  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Test Week - All Year Groups
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4B & 4E) 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 22nd - Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition B/C @ Garons (9am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 22nd - Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition A @ Garons (12.15pm - 3.30pm)
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 3 trip to Barleylands - 9am - 3pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4G & 4S) 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 5/6 Parish Cup Football 3.00pm - 4.15pm
  • Friday 24th - Eco Christmas Jumper Swap
  • Friday 24th - Science Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Monday 27th - Year 6 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 3 Book Look
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 5 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Tuesday 28th - Netball @ Shoeburyness High 3.00 - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29th - Year 4 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 30th - Year 3 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Forest Schools (5R)

December 2023

  • Friday 1st - Christmas Foodbank Collection
  • Friday 1st - Forest Schools (5J)
  • Friday 1st - Year 5/6 Basketball Finals 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 5th - Late Book Look 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 6th - Parent Play Session (Year 3) 10.15am - 10.45am
  • Thursday 7th - Visit to St. Vincent's Foodbank
  • Friday 8th - Santa Dash
  • Monday 11th - Carol Concert rehearsal @ St. Margaret's Church (9am - 12pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Carol Concert @ St. Margaret's Church (7pm - 8pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Year 6 - Belfairs School of Rock
  • Wednesday 13th - Christmas Dinner and Christmas jumpers
  • Thursday 14th - FOWLS Christmas Gift Sale
  • Monday 18th - rescheduled tennis session (Year 3) 8.00am
  • Monday 18th - Year 4 Christmas Party
  • Tuesday 19th - rescheduled tennis session (Year 4) 8.00am
  • Tuesday 19th - Year 3 Christmas Party
  • Tuesday 19th - Year 5 Christmas Party
  • Wednesday 20th - Non Uniform Day
  • Thursday 21st - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

Future Dates:

January 2024

  • Tuesday 9th - Y3/4 RSE Parent Talk 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 11th - Sportshall Athletics @ Garons
  • Year 5 RSE Parent Talk
  • Monday 15th - Young Voices Choir @ O2 - 10.30am - 11pm
  • Tuesday 16th - Y6 RSE Parent Talk - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Monday 22nd - Little Lifesavers - Year 5
  • Friday 26th - Year 3 Disco

February 2024

  • Tuesday 13th - Year 5 Performance to parents from 2pm
  • Thursday 15th - Year 5 Performance to Parents from 2pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 7pm)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences

April 2024

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th - Oliver Jr! Production

May 2024

  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 6 SATs Week
  • Monday 20th - Bikeability (6A & 6W)

June 2024

  • Tuesday 4th - Bikeability Week (6D & 6P)
  • Tuesday 4th - Multiplication Check Fortnight
  • Monday 10th - Test Week (Years 3, 4 & 5)
  • Tuesday 11th - Late Book Look (6pm - 7pm)
  • Thursday 13th - Year 3 Residential to Danbury
  • Thursday 13th - Transition meeting for Year 4 parents (7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 18th - Year 3 Induction Meeting for Year 2 parents from 7.30pm
  • Monday 24th - Friday 28th - Year 6 Residential to Ilam Hall and Southend Week
  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th - Year 6 Transition Day (King John)

July 2024

Thursday 11th - Open Evening

Don't forget to check out our new online bookshop here.


Please ensure that your child has their full kit with them on swimming days as we will no longer be phoning home for forgotten kits.


  • 3M - Mrs Millham
  • 4G - Mrs Garrett & Mrs Aggus
  • 3N - Mrs Nash & Mrs Mitchinson


  • 3L - Miss Playfair
  • 4E - Mrs Rodger
  • 4S - Miss Street


  • 3T - Mrs Thompson
  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5R - Mr Markham


  • 6D - Miss Fletcher
  • 5J - Mrs Wilson
  • 5F - Mrs Flower


  • 6W - Mr Dunn
  • 4B - Mr Boylan
  • 6P - Miss Poysden
  • 6A - Mrs Mears

PE Lessons

Please ensure that your child is wearing their full kit on PE days as we will no longer be phoning home for forgotten kits.

Second Half Term:


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


This week, 4S achieved the best attendance with 98.92% .


Our most improved in sport award goes to Darcy Pattison in 4S.

Our sports performer award goes to Violet Harris in 5J.

Community Contributions

Please email details of anything your child does to support their community, along-with photos (if available), to the school office, for the attention of Mrs Carr.

Team Points

01702 478593 - Office@westleigh-jun.southend.sch.uk

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