West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 22nd September 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a little quieter this week with Year 5 out on their residential visits, providing a little more space out on the playground. We are looking forward to hearing about all of their adventures when they return next week.

As Mrs Carr will be in Mersea with Year 5, this week's newsletter will be a little shorter than normal with all awards and the usual updates resuming next week.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend,

Best wishes

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

Now the weather is feeling more usual for the time of year, please ensure that your child has a jumper and raincoat in school every day as we aim to go outside even if it's raining.

In English lessons, we have been learning about adverbs and how they add more information about the verb within a sentence. This helped the children as they began work on instructional texts. The children also completed their first piece of work on Showbie - our online classroom - which we use in school. Please only open assignments and folders at home as directed by the class teacher - for example online reading or show and tell folders.

In our Connected Curriculum lessons, we have been working as artists, sketching animals from the Stone Age whilst working on our shading techniques. We have also been using our map skills to plot henges in the UK onto maps using grid references and atlases.

Animal Sketches

Our science lessons have been very practical this week as the children drew round themselves in chalk on the playground before labelling their skeletons. They also created their own hands with string and straws to show the movement between the muscles and bones.

Year 3 are very much looking forward to their upcoming foraging trip to the woods next week and appreciate all the kind offers of help to accompany us. If you are available and would like to help, please let your child's class teacher know through a note in the Communication Book.

We wish you and your families a very restful weekend.

Year 4

This week, Year 4 have been looking at the most famous of tomb raiders - Howard Carter. By exploring sources of evidence and the events at the time, they have learnt about the amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s final resting place. This has also inspired our maths where we have begun to look at grid references and create and read co-ordinates on a treasure map! Our English has continued to focus on story openings after being inspired by clips from Tadeo Jones - an Indiana Jones-like explorer!

Teeth have continued to be our focus in science. Building on the knowledge of teeth types, the children have started an investigation into the effects of different liquids. Next week, we will explore the results of this investigation to build conclusions based on our findings. Thank you for continuing to support reading by listening to your child read at home and helping them to learn their spellings.

Year 5

Wow – the children were certainly ready for their Mersea residential and alternative trip by Tuesday afternoon! We have mathematically climbed Mount Everest to calculate a range of averages and planned a narrative story (inspired by Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill). Unfortunately, Monday’s weather meant that our trip to fields was cancelled. However, this didn’t stop 5J and 5R engaging with alternative sports at school.

In PSHE, our focus has been on discrimination. We used the powerfully thought-provoking book, The Island by Armin Greder, which portrays how inhabitants treat a stranger and work themselves into a state of fear by the unknown. This engaging book allowed the children to actively discuss the impact of words, actions and preconceived ideas. See if your child can talk to you about the terms prejudice and stereotype.

Year 6

We are excited to share the latest highlights from our Year 6 curriculum:

English & History: Our students have embarked on a captivating journey through the challenging events of Kindertransport. They've combined historical research with dramatic re-enactments using green screen technology. This immersive approach has allowed them to not only learn about the past but also deeply empathise with the children who experienced Kindertransport. Moreover, their creative writing skills have flourished as they captured the emotions and history of this period through their narratives.

Mathematics: Year 6 pupils have been delving deeper into mathematics, focusing on understanding various calculation strategies and honing their problem-solving skills. The curriculum challenges them to think critically and approach complex problems with confidence.

Science: Our budding scientists have been exploring the fascinating world of circuits. They've learned about the different components that make up circuits and how these components work together to create electricity. Through hands-on experiments and practical learning, they've witnessed the magic of circuitry firsthand, fostering their curiosity about science and technology.

11+ Selection Tests: As we approach the weekend, we would like to wish any pupils who will be taking the 11+ Selection tests on Saturday morning the best of luck…and then to enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Book Looks

Next week, our popular 'Book Looks' will begin 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 26th September - Year 5
  • Tuesday 3rd October- Year 6
  • Tuesday 10th October - Year 4
  • 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.

Janelle McCurdy Visit

We are excited to have another author visiting the school on Monday 9th October. Janelle McCurdy is a young British author who was first published last year with Mia and the Lightcasters – a book which has been shortlisted for many awards. This year, the sequel, The Traitor of Nubis is being released and is sure to be another exciting adventure. Janelle will be holding an assembly with the Year 4 and Year 5 children during the morning. Unfortunately, she is unable to stay for a book signing but if you would be interested in pre-ordering books, please use the following link:


You are also able to purchase books using the same link until Friday 13th October.

Curriculum Meetings

We would like to give you advance notice of our Curriculum Meetings that will be taking place in a few weeks time. This will be an opportunity to find out about the routines and all the upcoming topics that will take place this year, in your child's year group.

  • Year 3 - Thursday 5th October - 2pm - 2.30pm
  • Year 4 - Tuesday 3rd October - 2pm - 2.30pm
  • Year 5 - Thursday 5th October - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Year 6 - Tuesday 3rd October - 2.30pm - 3pm

Nut Free School

Please remember that as we aim to be a nut-free school, children must not bring nuts or items containing nuts, into school.

Parking Reminder

Please keep our children and whole school community safe by not parking on the yellow lines outside and around the school.

Dinner Menu

Week 1

Monday - Homemade Creamy Cheese and Vegetable Bake - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Granary Baguette with Tuna Mayonnaise - Coleslaw and Salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or Fruit Cocktail

Tuesday - Pork Sausage Toad in the Hole - Vegetarian Sausage Toad in the Hole - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Sauté Potatoes, Broccoli / Beans and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Banana Cake

Wednesday - Homemade Mild Chicken Curry with Rice - Homemade Mild Chickpea and Vegetable Curry - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Rice and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Biscuit

Thursday - Homemade Beef Cottage Pie - Homemade Quorn and vegetable Cottage Pie - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Carrots / Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Carrot Cake

Friday - 100% Fish Fingers - Vegetable Fingers - Wholemeal Wrap with Salmon and Sweetcorn - Potato Wedges, Baked Beans and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Fruity Jelly

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

September 2023

  • Saturday 23rd - Selection tests
  • Tuesday 26th - Year 5 Book Look
  • Wednesday 27th - Year 3 & 4 Cross Country Trials (8am - 8.40am)
  • Wednesday 27th - Year 6 Height and Weight Check

October 2023

  • Tuesday 3rd - Year 4 Curriculum meeting - 2pm - 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 3rd - Year 6 Curriculum meeting - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Tuesday 3rd - Year 5/6 Boys' Football @ Grove Wood
  • Tuesday 3rd - Coastal Schools (4B)
  • Wednesday 4th - Oliver Jr! Workshop for Year 5 - 8am
  • Wednesday 4th - Year 3-6 Cross Country training
  • Wednesday 4th - Individual and Sibling Photos from 8.30am
  • Thursday 5th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 5th - Individual and Sibling Photos from 8.30am
  • Thursday 5th - Year 3 Curriculum meeting - 2pm - 2.30pm
  • Thursday 5th - Year 5 Curriculum meeting - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 5th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 5) - 3.30pm
  • Friday 6th - Year 3-6 Cross Country at Garons (12pm - 2.45pm)
  • Monday 9th - Author Visit
  • Monday 9th - Year 5 & 6 Football (Wickford) 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th - Year 4 Book Look
  • Wednesday 11th - Year 5/6 B Tag Rugby Competition @ SRFC (all day)
  • Wednesday 11th - Oliver Jr! workshop (Year 6) 8am
  • Thursday 12th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 6) 3.30pm
  • Monday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Tuesday 17th - Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 18th - Coastal Schools (4S)
  • Wednesday 18th - Year 5/6 A Tag Rugby Competition @ SRFC (all day)
  • Thursday 19th - Learning Conferences
  • Friday 20th - INSET DAY
  • Friday 20th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football Competition @ Len Forge
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - HALF TERM
  • 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
  • Tuesday 7th - Coastal Schools (4S)
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 8th - Oliver Jr! Workshop (Year 3) @ 8am
  • Thursday 9th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 3) @ 3.30pm
  • Friday 10th - Year 5/6 Boys' Football @ Len Forge (9.30am - 2.45pm)
  • 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)
  • 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 4 Presentation to Parents (4G & 4S)
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 3 Book Look
  • Wednesday 29th - Boccia Competition @ Garons (9.30am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 29th - Kurling Competition @ Garons (12.15pm - 2.45pm)
  • Thursday 30th - Cosatal Schools (4G)

December 2023

  • Monday 11th - Carol Concert @ St. Margaret's Church (7pm - 8pm)
  • Wednesday 13th - Christmas Dinner
  • Thursday 21st - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

Disco Dates

  • Year 3: 26th January - arrival 6pm/6.15pm - end - 7.45pm
  • Year 4: 13th October - arrival 6pm/6.15pm - end - 7.45pm
  • Year 5: 3rd November - arrival 6.45pm/7pm - end - 8.30pm

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.

First Half Term:


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


Our attendance award will resume next week.


Awards will resume next week.

Team Points

Check back next week for a full upate on team points.

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