West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 15th MARCH 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks to all of you for your generous donations for today's Comic Relief fundraiser. The children have had an exciting day, dressed in some rather unusual clothing and all of them seemed to enjoy a fun-packed assembly with a difference!

It was also wonderful to see the Boys' Choir perform at the Palace Theatre on Monday. They certainly did themselves and West Leigh proud.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Comic Relief 2024

As part of this year's 'Do Something Funny for Money' in aid of Comic Relief, the children came to school dressed in their strangest outfits. It was certainly a sight to behold as they spilled onto the playground first thing this morning! The outfits and costumes were bizarre and wacky - as hoped and ranged from teletubbies and a giant banana to countless children who came to school wearing odd shoes and clothing inside-out and back-to-front. Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, the staff also got involved by performing their very own West Leigh Gladiators where they challenged each other during a range of events including Powerball, Tug-of-War and Duel. There was even a special appearance from a couple of Sumo Gladiators whose entertaining duel will be remembered for a long time to come!

Amidst all the excitement, the children's raised over £700 which will support a range of extremely good causes for Comic Relief.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

March 2024

  • Monday 18th - Years 3, 4 & 5 Test Week
  • Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Year 6 netball finals @ Alleyn Court
  • Writing workshop with SHSG
  • Wednesday 20th - Benchball festival @ Thorpe Hall @ 12pm
  • Tuesday 19th - Y5/6 Football V Edward's Hall @ 3.30pm
  • Thursday 21st - Year 4 @ Fields
  • Forest Schools Club session 1
  • Friday 22nd - Year 5 @ Fields
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Southend Diving Talent - Year 3
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Tuesday 26th - School Nurse session for parents
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences
  • Essex Cross Country Finals @ Garons
  • Samba Workshop
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Thursday 28th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Forest Schools Club session 2
  • Last day of term
  • No After School Club
  • Friday 29th - GOOD FRIDAY

April 2024

  • Monday 1st - EASTER MONDAY
  • Tuesday 2nd - Friday 12th - EASTER HOLIDAYS
  • Tuesday 16th - Netball @ Shoeburyness High - 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Thursday 18th, Friday 19th & Saturday 20th - Oliver Jr! Production
  • Wednesday 24th - Year 5 Trip to West Stow Village
  • Friday 26th - Year 4 Field Study @ Adventure Island - 8.30am - 2.30pm

May 2024

  • Friday 3rd - Maths Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Monday 6th - Bank Holiday Monday
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 6 SATs Week
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Year 6 Awesome Art Week
  • Monday 20th - Bikeability Week (6A & 6W)
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 5 presentation to parents (5J & 5R)
  • Wednesday 22nd - Swimming Gala @ Garons - 12.30pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 5 presentation to parents (5K & 5F)
  • SEESMA Area rehearsals
  • Friday 24th - Year 5 Poetry performance to school
  • Monday 27th - Bank Holiday Monday
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term

June 2024

  • Monday 3rd - INSET Day
  • Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th - Multiplication Tables Checks
  • Tuesday 4th - Bikeability Week (6D & 6P)
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Test Week (Years 3, 4 & 5)
  • Seesma rehearsal and concert @ Cliffs Pavillion
  • Tuesday 11th - Late Book Look (6pm - 7pm)
  • Wednesday 12th - Borough Sports - 12pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 13th - Friday 14th - 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

  • Monday 8th - Fun Swim Week
  • Thursday 11th - Open Evening
  • Monday 15th - Year 6 House Team Swimming Gala
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term
  • No After School Club
  • Monday 22nd - INSET DAY

Year 3

After the excitement of last week’s performances, the children have settled back into normal classroom routines and been working hard this week.

In English lessons, they have enjoyed identifying the features of non-fiction texts. This is in preparation for structuring their own non-chronological reports, based on the mythical Labours of Heracles in the coming week. Creating these reports will allow the children to draw upon and present some of the knowledge they have learned about life in ancient Greece during this term. They will also be able to include knowledge gained from our layered reading text, Beast Keeper.

In maths, we have revisited our autumn learning about fractions and begun to extend this to understand the link between fractions and division, finding equivalent fractions and calculating with fractions. Practical activities have supported the children’s learning in this area.

Magnets continue to be the focus of science lessons in Year 3: this week the children planned and conducted an investigation to identify whether a selection of materials were magnetic or not. Most children were surprised to discover that not all metals are magnetic! Perhaps they can tell you why.

Finally, there has been a lot of fabric, pins, needles, threads and helpful parents in the Year 3 corridor as the children have worked hard to complete their ambrosia carrier for the Greek god of their choice. These are coming on well and it is delightful to see the children’s independence and confidence growing as their skills develop.

Letters sent home this week

Year 4

As mathematicians, the children have consolidated their learning of fractions by exploring their equivalent decimal forms, including tenths and hundredths. Some children were able to compare and order a mixture of fractions and decimals. Others explored adding and subtracting simple fractions.

Our English lessons have focused on examining the features of playscripts. The children created a storyboard from a chapter they have read from our layered reading book: The Roman Quests – Escape from Rome. They used these storyboards to write an effective playscript, complete with all the features. In their groups, they were able to act out and evaluate each other’s performances.

Two classes embarked upon an exciting scientific experiment involving melting chocolate (which the other two classes will complete this next week). Those who took part had fun setting up the investigation, whilst also considering the safety aspects of using warm water.

The focus in Connected Curriculum has been Roman mosaics. The children made detailed observations about their features and practised some of the skills needed to create their own. They devised their own design ready to transform into a real mosaic.

Letters sent home this week

Year 5

Year 5 have been working on a persuasive letter written to a fictional character from our layered reading book, ‘The Cloud Tea Monkeys.’ The Estate Manager does not treat his workers very well and Tashi, the main character, has had to enlist help from the monkeys to save her mother.

In maths, we have been converting different metric units of weight, length and capacity. Baking activities at home are wonderful in supporting children with their skills in reading scales, measuring and estimating so please involve your children if possible.

We are beginning to design our own recipes for a savoury chocolate dish since Willy Wonka is opening a restaurant in Leigh-on-Sea and wants us to come up with some ingenious recipes (no sugar allowed!). Any additional help in dreaming up ideas will be most welcome.

We are also working on a project to make a short animation about an aspect of ancient Mayan life using the Stop Motion app. We will upload some of these to Showbie once completed so watch this space!

Letters sent home this week

Year 6

In science, the Year 6 pupils have considered adaptations required for the survival of a fictional creature - the Nosmic. With boundless imagination, students have explored various adaptations, envisioning how this creature could thrive in its environment. From unique physical features to specialised behaviours, there has been a wealth of diverse ideas reflecting the ingenuity and creativity of our students.

Online Safety

For children and young people, low-quality sleep can become a serious issue. It has been theorised that poor sleep can have a significant impact on children’s brain development, affecting them for the rest of their lives. A healthy and consistent sleeping pattern, therefore, is incredibly important for children and young people’s well-being.

With the stresses and distractions that can present themselves to youngsters, it can be tricky to ensure they’re in the best mindset to wind down in the evenings for the rejuvenating rest that they need. This can be the case when they are on digital devices before they go to sleep. The right approach, however, can give them a better chance of cultivating a healthy sleeping pattern. Our guide has some practical tips on helping them to achieve exactly that.

WLJS Cross Country

We had an afternoon full of cross-country fun on Monday. After lots of children missed out on two different cancelled cross-country competitions, we took matters into our own hands and organised our own event for the children. They competed in a range of team relay events and it was wonderful to see them cheering each other on! We hope the children enjoyed the event and who knows… this event may make a return next year!

Year 5/6 Football v Fairways

The boys competed in the penultimate fixture of their football season on Friday. They put on a great defensive show in the first half of the match with some tremendous goalkeeping saves from Lucas Thomas - one of many excellent performances from him this year. In the second half, the boys improved the attacking side of their game and went in search of a winning goal. Unfortunately, despite their best attempts, they fell to a 2-0 defeat. Well done to the team! It was a pleasure to see them in action once again.

Design Competition

Today, the School Council had the challenging task of selecting a winning design for next year's Communication Books.

From almost 50 entries, the councillors studied each design carefully and after much deliberation, selected a winning design. As soon as the design has been printed, the winner will be announced in a Friday assembly after the Easter holidays.

The School Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter a design.

Key Notices this Week

School Nurse Presentation: Please note a change to the previously advertised school nurse health clinics, as detailed below:

Eco Toy Swap

On Friday 8th March, the Eco Warriors hosted their second Toy Swap and it was another roaring success.

At 8.40am, the doors of the Lower School Hall were opened to greet the hoards of excited swappers who eagerly passed over a wide range of preloved toys, books, games, puzzles and art and craft equipment in return for tokens to be used later in the afternoon. The range and quality of the swaps were amazing and could have easily rivalled Harrod’s toy department at Christmas. The dedicated Warriors, ably assisted by Mrs Garrett, Mrs Flower and Ms Bassett, sorted and grouped the swaps, being sure to hold back plenty so that each class had a varied and good quality and quantity of swaps from which to choose when it was their turn.

There was a definite buzz of excitement in the school that morning and snatches of conversations about the swap could be heard in the corridors and on the playground. As lunchtime ended, finally the curtains in the hall were drawn back and the first class came eagerly to see a veritable Aladdin’s cave of toy treasure! It was wonderful to see the Warriors taking such responsibility for the event, helping their classmates to find what they wanted, making suggestions to the more discriminating swapper, demonstrating the different toys and games and even modelling some of the dressing up clothes donated!

At the end of the afternoon, any items left (and there were very few) were distributed into classroom wet play boxes, the school library or classroom book shelves or our playground play equipment making this a truly eco-friendly event which we will certainly reinstate in the next school year.

British Science Week Competition

Next week marks British Science Week which will focus on the concept of ‘time’. As part of this week, West Leigh pupils have been invited to take part in the annual science poster competition (please see details attached or see Showbie). Thank you to those pupils who have already handed in fantastically detailed and imaginative posters. For those who have not, but who would like to participate, please ensure that these are handed in by Wednesday 20th March.

Please note: In Year 6, this poster competition has been set as a homework task this week.

Inspirational Person

This half term, we have learned about the work of Nicholas Lowinger. At the age of five, he was inspired to help homeless people when he visited a shelter and realised that children had to wear used shoes, which often did not fit well. When he was seventeen, he set up 'Gotta Have Sole' - a charity delivering new shoes to homeless children. We were greatly inspired by his drive to change at such a young age, and his quote: "No one is ever too young or old to help others. Kids don’t always realise that they have the power to make a difference."

Last half term's Showbie challenge was a great success and many children were awarded prizes. This half term, the challenge is to design a pair of shoes to help Nicholas spread the word about his charity. There is a template in the 'Inspirational People' Showbie folder.

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

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

Swimming

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.

Monday

  • 3M - Mrs Millham
  • 4B - Mr Boylan
  • 3N - Mrs Nash & Mrs Mitchinson

Tuesday

  • 3L - Miss Playfair
  • 4G - Mrs Garrett & Mrs Nash
  • 4S - Miss Street

Wednesday

  • 3T - Mrs Thompson
  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5R - Mrs Lewis

Thursday

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

Friday

  • 6W - Mr Dunn
  • 4E - Mrs Rodger
  • 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:

3L

  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

3M

  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday

3N

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday

3T

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4B

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4E

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4G

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4S

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday

5F

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday

5J

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday

5K

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday

5R

  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday

6A

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday

6D

  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Monday

6P

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday

6W

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday

Attendance

Congratulations to 4E who achieved the best attendance this week, with an impressive 100% - a great start to the half term!

Team Points

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.

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