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West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 19th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Despite it being a long half term, the children have worked hard, and have participated in a range of extra curricular clubs and sports as well as outside activities. I am sure that many of them are tired and need the half term for some well-deserved R&R.

A huge thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help this half term – for trips, coastal schools, cutting fruit for tuck, on the school street barrier and listening to readers.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

We cannot believe that we have reached the end of the children’s first half term in the Juniors. We’re delighted with how quickly they have settled - the children should be very proud of themselves - the Year 3 team are certainly proud of everyone!

This week, we have reached the end of our layered reading book, ‘Stone Age Boy’ which the children have very much enjoyed and it has also enabled us to further our understanding of the Stone Age. The children also created their own shape poem about a chosen Stone Age animal which look and sound fantastic.

In maths, we have revisited the formal methods for addition and subtraction where exchange and decomposition were applied. After half term, be sure to keep an eye out for a Battle of the Bands on TTRS (so continued practice over half term will be imperative!).

Year 3 enjoyed ‘cave painting’ this week and used a variety of paint skills to achieve different effects. Their painted animals look very authentic as though they had been drawn in a Stone Age cave.

Please take note of the change in days for outdoor PE next half term, at the bottom of this newsletter. Indoor PE and swimming will remain unchanged. We wish you all a restful and enjoyable half term together with your families.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

Well didn’t that half term just rush by in a flash! With 7 weeks of a new academic year behind them, the children have on the whole, fully assimilated themselves and their learning in line with the expectations of the Year 4 curriculum and deserve a well justified break. However, we would ask that over the break, they continue to read, use the games on Spelling Shed and regularly practise their times tables using TT Rockstars.

Two classes have had the opportunity to visit the beach as part of our Costal Schools offering. Miss Fletcher pointed out many interesting things to them on their way to the beach, including how to spot if a drain goes directly into the sea – look for the blue crab! They thoroughly enjoyed becoming beach detectives and locating a wide variety of objects both natural and man-made as they searched along the strand. They also honed their observational and sketching skills when asked to draw some of the objects they had collected.

Our Brilliant Book, ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by the author and illustrator Jon Klassen, has amused but also challenged the children’s understanding and thinking about right and wrong. They have considered the different characters and their reactions to the situation and how the feelings of many of the characters developed and changed throughout the story and how these were shown. The simple text in the book was also a wonderful way to revise how to correctly punctuate direct speech.

In maths, the classes have revisited their learning of multiplication and division. The focus has been particularly on improving their their times tables fluency using games, locating patterns and making links to embed this critical knowledge.

After last week's creativity when they used clay to create their own canopic jar, the children built upon their learning about mummification, finding out about which organs the Egyptian’s believed were important in the afterlife and the special gods that protected them. They considered which organ they would preserve in their canopic jar, justifying their choice.

Please note that after half term our outdoor PE days change. Outdoor PE for 4B and 4S will be on Wednesday and for 4G and 4E on Thursday.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

Well, what an amazing half term! The children have worked so very hard and certainly deserve a restful half term holiday.

It’s been another busy and energetic week in Year 5. The children have developed their skills to accurately and carefully read a range of maps. From this, and through modelling clay mountains, they developed their understanding of contour lines and the gradient of the land. See if the children can tell you what it means when the contour lines are recorded closely together on a map.

In science, the children consolidated their knowledge of water resistance by working scientifically to investigate a range of sinking shapes. As scientists, they focused on the reliability and accuracy of results in order to draw conclusions. As a team, we were very pleased with the scientific vocabulary used when the children discussed their understanding, and more importantly, why as scientists, we need to ensure a fair test is always conducted.

After half term

  • 5K and 5F will head to the fields every Monday, starting from Monday 6th November
  • 5J and 5R will enjoy their weekly games lesson every Tuesday during Mixed Afternoon
  • Indoor PE and swimming days remain the same for all classes
  • We will be starting an exciting art unit and would welcome any donations of newspapers to protect our tables

Reading Volunteers

If you are able to support listening to children read in Year 5, and can spare half an hour between 2.45pm and 3.15pm, please let your class teacher know with a little note in your child’s Communication Book, stating which day would be convenient.

Wishing you all a restful half term - the Year 5 Team.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

English: As writers, Year 6 have been crafting metaphorical imagery to vividly capture the mood of one of two significant events from World War II - the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Blitz. It's been truly inspiring to witness their imaginative talents at work. The pupils have produced narrative poems that not only convey the historical significance of these moments but also use language that's both captivating and engaging. Their ability to weave words and create powerful imagery continues to evolve, and it's wonderful to see them excel in as young poets.

Mathematics: Year 6 have been expanding their understanding of fractions and percentages. Building upon their existing knowledge, they've delved deeper into these mathematical concepts. Throughout the learning, they have made good progress due to making links between different aspects of the topics.

Connected Curriculum: As artists, building on their skills applying linear perspective, once again with a connection to the Blitz during World War II. they have been honing their artistic skills, applying greater depth in tone, shading, and the use of light to create visually impressive works of art.

It has certainly been a very busy half term and a well earned rest seems in order. Many thanks to the many additional adults who have supported us during the course of this half term, your support has been invaluable.

Letters sent home this week:

Online Safety

With children increasingly going online, the chances of them coming across content that may cause them upset also increases. Whilst carefully monitoring and the device settings will minimise this there may be occasions when you will need to talk with them. This latest guide offers you some ways to support them.

Year 5/6 Boys' Football

The school football team competed in friendly matches against Fairways on Friday. These matches helped the children to prepare and 'gel' ahead of the next stages of several football competitions, which will take place next half term. West Leigh won one of the matches 4-0 and narrowly lost 1-0 in the other match. It was great to see the children demonstrating some of the School Games values that we've been promoting such as passion, teamwork and self-belief.

Year 6 Tag Rugby

The past couple of Wednesdays have been action-packed and filled with exhilarating tag rugby events for our Year 6 pupils. We are proud to share their achievements and remarkable progress in both the B Team and A Team events.

B Team Event - Wednesday, 11th October: On the 11th October, twelve enthusiastic pupils from Year 6 had a fantastic opportunity to showcase their tag rugby skills. Competing against seven other schools from the Southend area, our students demonstrated remarkable determination and adaptability. Many of them had never played together as a team and had limited experience in competitive tag rugby.

However, it was inspiring to see how they rose to the challenge, displaying excellent teamwork and skill development throughout the day. Tag rugby, with its complex roles and strategies, was embraced wholeheartedly, and the progress made by our students was truly commendable.

A Team Event - Wednesday, 18th October: A week later, another group of twelve Year 6 pupils took part in a highly competitive tag rugby tournament. While the results didn't entirely align with their wishes, they fought valiantly, making it out of the group stage and into the super eights. The day was filled with fierce competition, and our pupils exhibited remarkable progress in their approach to the game.

What was truly heartwarming was the evident improvement in their teamwork, strategy, and game understanding. Even in moments of defeat, they showcased resilience, determination, and the spirit of sportsmanship. These qualities did not go unnoticed, especially by the proud parents who cheered them on from the sidelines.

We are incredibly proud of both our B Team and A Team for their dedication, sportsmanship, and impressive development in tag rugby. These experiences not only tested their skills but also fostered important life-skills such as teamwork, perseverance, and resilience.

Inspirational Person

This half term's inspirational person is not particularly famous but they embody our new curriculum driver of 'it's the little things that count.' Abigail Lupi was just ten years old when she visited her grandmother in a nursing home to celebrate her birthday. Whilst there, Abigail noticed that many of the residents were lonely. As a result, she set up 'CareGirlz' - a group of young children who visited care homes and performed shows and plays for the residents. She won several awards for her work within her local community. The children within her organisation made their own costumes and choreographed their own dances, giving up hours of their time to help the elderly people in nursing homes. Something small that Abigail noticed and acted upon has had a huge impact on the lives of many - the little things really do count!

The Showbie challenge for this half term can be found in the 'Inspirational People' Showbie folder. See below for some great examples of last half term's challenge, where children created their own art work in the style of Stephen Wiltshire. We didn't quite manage our own London alphabet, but we came close!

For this challenge, we would like the children to create their own idea for a charity in our local area. Who would it be for and why? What would they do to help? Children should post their ideas in the comment box - we look forward to reading all of the children's ideas!

Book Looks

Our popular 'Book Looks' are now taking place on Tuesday afternoons, between 3.30pm and 3.45pm. These are a great opportunity for you to pop into school to look at your child's work. Please refer to the calendar below for the date of each session:

  • Tuesday 31st October - Year 3
  • Tuesday 7th November - Year 6
  • Tuesday 14th November - Year 5
  • Tuesday 21st November - Year 4
  • Tuesday 28th November - Year 3

When all the children have vacated the school, please enter through the front of the building before heading to your child's classroom.

Homework

At our next Parent Council meeting on Wednesday 1st November, we will be discussing homework. We would like to know your views regarding the amount of homework set as well as the frequency and type. Please share your views with your class representative so these can be discussed at the meeting in November.

Volunteers Needed

If you are able to spare some time either before school or at the end of the school day to man our School Street barrier, we would be extremely grateful - even if it is just one session per week.

If you believe you might be able to spare some time, please contact Mrs London via the school office.

Story Competition

At a loose end over the half term? Why not use your brilliant imagination and enter the story writing competition at West Leigh? All you need to do is write a story using the idea, ‘..it’s the small things…’. The story should be approximately five hundred words and either handwritten or typed. Feel free to illustrate as well. All children can enter and there will be prizes – unlock your creativity! See the poster below for further details:

Key Notices this Week:

Parking

Yet again, we have been asked to remind you about your consideration for the people who live in our immediate area.

This morning, someone parked over a drive in Salisbury Avenue, resulting in the householder having to call a taxi and being late for work as they couldn’t get their car out of their drive.

I think we can all agree that we would dislike random people parking inconsiderately outside our homes, so could we ask, on behalf of the residents, that we take care when parking.

Thank you

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 Chilli 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

  • Friday 20th - INSET DAY
  • Friday 20th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football Competition @ Len Forge
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - HALF TERM
  • Monday 30th - 5F & 5K to Fields (1.45pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 31st - Coastal Schools (4B)
  • Tuesday 31st - Year 3 Book Look

November 2023

  • Wednesday 1st - Years 5/6 Basketball Competition @ Eastwood Academy (all day)
  • Wednesday 1st - Oliver Jr! Workshop (Year 4) @ 8am
  • Thursday 2nd - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 4) @ 3.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd - Cross Country @ Thorpe Hall - 9am - 12pm
  • Friday 3rd -Year 5 Disco from 6.45pm until 8.30pm (FOWLS)
  • Tuesday 7th - Coastal Schools (4S)
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 6 Netball V Alleyn Court (at West Leigh) 3.40pm - 4.40pm
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 8th - Oliver Jr! Workshop (Year 3) @ 8am
  • Thursday 9th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 3) @ 3.30pm
  • Thursday 9th - Year 4 Football Friendly @ Chalkwell Park- 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 10th - Flu Vaccinations
  • Friday 10th - Eco Christmas Jumper Swap (Details to follow)
  • Friday 10th - Year 5/6 Boys' Football @ Len Forge (9.30am - 2.45pm)
  • Saturday 11th - FOWLS Christmas Fayre - 12pm - 3pm
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 3/4 Test Week
  • Tuesday 14th - Young Shakespeare Company (Year 6)
  • Tuesday 14th - Year 5 Book Look
  • Wednesday 15th - Year 3/4 Dodgeball Competition @ Garons
  • Thursday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Thursday 16th - Year 5 Football Friendly @ Chalkwell Park - 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 17th - Children in Need
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Test Week - All Year Groups
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4B & 4E)
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Book Look
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Wednesday 29th - Boccia Competition @ Garons (9.30am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 29th - Kurling Competition @ Garons (12.15pm - 2.45pm)
  • Wednesday 29th - Year 4 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Cosatal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 30th - Year 3 Christmas Decoration Morning

December 2023

  • Friday 1st - Christmas Foodbank Collection
  • Tuesday 5th - Late Book Look 6pm - 7pm
  • Monday 11th - Carol Concert rehearsal @ St. Margaret's Church (9am - 12pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Carol Concert @ St. Margaret's Church (7pm - 8pm)
  • Wednesday 13th - Christmas Dinner
  • Thursday 14th - FOWLS Christmas Gift Sale
  • Monday 18th - Year 4 Christmas Party
  • Thursday 21st - Non Uniform Day
  • Friday 22nd - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

Future Dates:

January 2024

  • Monday 15th - Young Voices Choir @ O2 - 10.30am - 11pm
  • Tuesday 16th - Y6 RSE Parent Talk - 2.30pm - 3pm

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)

March 2024

  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Thursday 21st - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

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.

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

  • 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:

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 - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday

4E

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4G

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • 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

This half term, 3T achieved the best attendance so they chose today's music selection for the playground where everyone had lots of fun dancing to their favourite tunes.

Awards

Our most improved in sport award goes to Farhat Khalif in 6W.

Our sports performer is Taylor McGlinchey in 4E.