West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 15th february 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a half-term filled with engaging learning, sporting achievements, musical performances and internet safety workshops, resulting in an enjoyable and successful half term. I'm sure that the children are looking forward to a well-earned rest.

As we look forward to all that next half-term has to offer, I would like to wish you all a wonderful half-term break, whether that be at home or further afield and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 26th February.

Best wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

Despite it being a shorter week, the children have been busy rehearsing their parts for our upcoming presentation with much excitement. All the children were very entertained and interested to see all the different elements come together. During the first week back, we will be having a dress rehearsal on the stage. Notes are in Communication Books asking for costumes to be in school on Monday 26th February. These will remain in school until the final performance to the school on Friday 8th March.

Maths lessons have focused on volume and capacity with the children comparing different containers and reading measurements of volume from different scales. The week ended with an exciting investigation where the children created potions, measuring the different liquids and adding them to a container to ensure the total amount had been calculated accurately.

In our Layered Reading lessons, the children have been learning about Demon’s latest task, firing up the fifth stomach of the Cretan Bull, including a visit to Hestia - the cooking goddess - for a cauldron of some of the eternal flame.

Science has been focused on friction as a force; the children were able to test out friction with different investigations, one of which was creating balloon rockets to measure the friction of different types of string based on how fast the balloon rocket could travel.

During our assemblies this week, the children have been thinking about the Christian festival of Easter - in particular the preparation period of Lent. They have been thinking about something extra they could take on during these 40 days, for example a chore at home or something they could give up in order to spend that time doing something more beneficial to them. This links with our curriculum driver ‘ It’s the little things that count’. One of the children’s suggestions was to give up time on their device during the week to free up that time to having a chat with a family member or writing a note to a relative they don’t often see. We look forward to the children sharing how they have used the extra time or what extra little things they have taken on during this period.

We wish you a very restful and healthy half term break and really appreciate your continued support. If you do find some time over the holidays to have a practise of the presentation parts, all words and song lyrics (including backing music) can be found in the Year 3 Presentation folder on Showbie.

Year 4

It seems unbelievable that we are already half-way through the spring term and halfway through the school year! On Wednesday, 4B returned to Coastal Schools, where they became beach artists, creating pebble pets and their habitats. As always, the children had a wonderful time and their behaviour was exemplary. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who accompanied and braved the rather wet conditions.

The school kitchen has been made good use of this week as the children made the dough for their pizza designs. A folder has been set up in the homework section of Showbie; we look forward to seeing photos and videos of the children using the dough to make and cook their pizza as their half-term homework assignment.

In English lessons, we have been making links to our Connected Curriculum topic of Italy to write a blog about the eternal city of Rome. Using their knowledge of persuasive writing features, they have researched unique and exciting details about this beautiful city and written with knowledge and passion to encourage people to visit.

Maths lessons have been focused on consolidating and practising multiplication and division. This has involved using a wide variety of games which have supported the children to further explore the links between multiplication and division. We would also ask over half term that the children are allowed to regularly practise their tables knowledge and their KIRF’s (recorded in their Communication Book) using TT Rockstars and the fantastic range of educational and supportive games to be found on Maths with a Mouse.

During half-term, the children might also want to take part in the British Science Week Poster competition (details attached to this newsletter and in the homework section of Showbie).They could take inspiration from our learning about time or our recent study of Salvador Dali’s painting - The Persistence of Memory. Team points will be on offer for those who contribute. We would also like the children to upload their reading to Showbie.

Please note that some changes have been made to PE days for the first two weeks back after half term. During weeks commencing 26th February and 4th March, outdoor PE for 4G and 4E will be on Wednesday and for 4B and 4S it will be on Thursday. During the week commencing 11th March until the end of the half-term, outdoor PE for 4G and 4E will be Thursdays and for 4B and 4S it will be on Wednesdays. Indoor PE and swimming days will remain the same.

The Year 4 Team wishes you a happy, relaxing and enjoyable half term break and look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 26th February.

Year 5

Firstly, many thanks for supporting your children in completing their ‘Phases of the Moon Diaries.’ We have used these in our science lessons to support our learning about the Moon’s orbit around the Earth.

Having read more of ‘Armstrong’s Adventurous Journey of the Mouse to the Moon,’ we have written eyewitness reports about the curious sequence of events in and around the streets of New York. We have learnt how headlines are written to grab the reader’s attention and are now starting to compile our news articles.

In maths, we have been working on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have studied equivalent fractions and appreciate any additional support you can give your child in learning their multiplication tables. Maths with a mouse is a useful resource.

All classes have now completed their touch-typing units of work and we would encourage the children to practise their skills at home if possible. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

We have completed the half term with a ‘Brilliant Book’ entitled ‘The Quest.’ This is part of a trilogy - the first of which we read in Year 3. It is a wordless book and the wonderful images drawn by the talented Aaron Becker are a treat for the imagination. Two young friends are swept along on a quest to rescue a captured king. We have tapped into our imaginations through drama and story-telling to enjoy this magnificent book with all its magic and breathtaking scenarios.

Our Connected Curriculum work this week has been centred around Ancient Mayan society and the roles of men, women and children. We have been writing an estate agent's advertisement for a Mayan house since we know how they were built and what they looked like.

In PE, the children have developed their teamwork and communication skills by competing in a mini-Olympics! They worked in small groups and had to decide which member of their group would represent them in each event, therefore earning points; however, the catch was that each child could only compete in a limited number of events!

Finally, the Year 5 team wish you a restful half term’s holiday.

Letters sent home this week

Year 6

This week's English work has had a highly personal focus due to the fact that the children have been planning and writing personal recounts relating to an emotive day in their own lives. As writers, they have incorporated sophisticated techniques, which has enabled them to produce work of their highest standards. As teachers, it has been lovely to be able to share in some of their memories, whether they have been positive or, in many cases, challenging. We would like to thank the pupils for allowing us to be a part of their stories.

In maths lessons, the focus has been upon geometry and, in particular, further developing their problem-solving involving angles.

In what has been another very busy week, with so much learning condensed into four school days, many pupils have also continued, and even completed, their rainforest artwork – there have been many great skills demonstrated along with high levels of creativity and a desire to refine and improve their work.

We would like to thank the pupils for all of their hard work and we hope that they have enjoyed another memorable half-term in Year 6. We hope that they have an enjoyable break, get the rest that they need and are able to hit the ground running when we return to school.

The Importance of Early Morning Work

We thought it would be interesting to share with you what the children get up to at the start of each school day.

As soon as they have deposited their bags and coats in the cloakrooms, each class completes a set of carefully planned activities that either consolidate previous learning or prepare the children for new knowledge or skills that will be introduced later in the week. Activities range from spelling or grammar work, maths practice and even learning relating to history and geography. With this in mind, we would like to remind parents about the importance of punctuality so that valuable learning opportunities at the start of the school day are not missed.

Online Safety

Whilst Instagram has an age rating for 13+, pupils will be aware of it from the general media and older siblings. The recent video distributed to those who signed up through National Online Safety has further important information on age ratings. If you haven’t had chance to watch the 5 minute video, please do.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, with over one billion users worldwide. The platform allows users to upload images and videos to their feed, create interactive ‘stories’, share live videos, exchange private messages or search, explore and follow other accounts they like whilst at the same time, continuously updating and adding new features to meet the needs of its users.

In the guides, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as addiction, unrealistic ideals and the influencer culture.

Further useful advice and details about Instagram have been attached to this newsletter.

Year 6 Netball League

On Tuesday, eight Year 6 girls continued their Netball league games at Shoebury High School. In total, the girls played seven games, winning all of them and only letting in 4 goals overall, with some excellent shooting and teamwork throughout.

We look forward to the main competition during the first week back after half term. A big thank you to all the parents for arranging lifts for the girls involved.

Key Notices this Week

Team Challenge: On Friday 1st March, we will be holding our spring term team challenge. Without giving too much away (we do like these to be a surprise for the children!), we would like to ask the following:

  • Children will be using acrylic paint and permanent markers – please send an old top for your child to change into for the morning.
  • Your child will need at least one large, smooth rock for decorating (if they find extra it would be wonderful to have some spares).
  • Donations of old newspapers to protect desks would be much appreciated.
  • They can bring in their own (clearly labelled) Sharpies and markers if they wish.

School Nurse Presentation: We would like to invite you to a presentation with our new school nurse on Thursday 14th March at 2.30pm in the dining hall. At this session, she will be introducing the school nursing services and sharing some strategies for managing anxiety for children. Please see the flyer below for more details. We hope that you can join us at this session and look forward to seeing you there.

Inspirational Person

This half term's inspirational person is Mary-Grace Henry. As we consider the little things at school, she is an excellent example of someone who took small steps to achieve a tremendous goal that helped many. At the age of twelve years old, she set up her own business making and selling hair accessories to raise money to provide an education for girls in areas of poverty. With an initial goal of providing education for just one girl, Mary-Grace quickly surpassed this and sold over 11 000 hair accessories, funding education for many young girls.

Mary-Grace is inspirational as she has shown that focusing on the small steps can lead to success with a larger goal - and one that benefits a whole community. We can learn a lot from her advice: “My advice is just to begin. When you see a need, act. Dream big, but start small, taking little steps.”

Mary-Grace identified a need and came up with a solution, using small steps. Last half term, you identified problems/needs and decided which you would like to support by creating your own charity. Some of your brilliant ideas are below - thank you to all who took part in the Showbie challenge!

Your challenge this half term is to tell me the first three small steps that you would take to begin solving a problem and helping those who need your help. You can post these in the comments box in the 'Inspirational People' folder on Showbie.

Dinner Menu

Week 2

Monday - Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Sweetcorn, Coleslaw & Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit Yoghurt or Raspberry Mousse

Tuesday - Pork Sausage Toad in the Hole - Vegan Sausage Toad in the Hole - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Mashed Potatoes, Garden Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Jelly

Wednesday - Hunters Chicken (Chicken and Bacon in a BBQ Sauce) - Hunters Quorn (Quorn in a BBQ Sauce) - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese to Tuna Mayonnaise - Rice, Sweetcorn and Salad bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Cherry Chocolate Cake

Thursday - Minced Beef and Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie with Gravy - Winter Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie with Gravy - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese to Tuna Mayonnaise - Roast Potatoes, Broccoli and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Cornflake Crunch

Friday - Chicken Nuggets - Vegetable Nuggets - Granary Baguette with Salmon & Sweetcorn - Diced Potatoes, Spaghetti Hoops and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Ice Cream.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

Please note: On the last day of each term, there will be no After School Club.

February 2024

  • Friday 16th - INSET DAY
  • Year 3 football festival - a.m.
  • Year 5 football festival - p.m.
  • Monday 19th - 23rd - February Half Term
  • Monday 26th - Back to school
  • Year 3/4 girls' football training @ 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Cross Country Competition @ Alleyn Court 11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 6.30pm)
  • Wednesday 28th - Year 6 Netball Competition @ Alleyn Court from 11am
  • Year 5 girls visit to WHSG @ 1pm
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Friday 1st -Year 5/6 Swim Squad training @ 7.45am
  • Year 3/4 Swim Squad training @ 10.10am
  • Team Challenge
  • General Knowledge Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Years 3/4 Girls' Football @ Len Forge - 9.30am - 2.45pm
  • Tuesday 5th - Year 3 presentation (3L & 3N)
  • School Council visiting Houses of Parliament
  • Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 6th - Year 5/6 Father David Assembly
  • Thursday 7th - World Book Day - wear pyjamas
  • Year 3 presentation( 3M & 3T)
  • Year 3/4 Girls' Football vs Rayleigh
  • Significant Females Sale - from 1.15pm
  • Friday 8th - Toy Swap
  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Boys' Choir @ Palace Theatre - 6pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th - Parent Council Meeting - 6pm - 7pm
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Southend Diving Talent - Year 3
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences
  • Essex Cross Country Finals @ Garons
  • Samba Workshop
  • Oliver Jr! dress rehearsal
  • Thursday 28th - 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

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

This half term, 4E achieved the best attendance. We all enjoyed dancing to their playlist on the playground at lunchtime.

Awards

Sports Awards will resume after half term.

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

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