West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 15th September 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to extend a huge thanks to FOWLS for all their efforts in raising much-needed funds. We are pleased to announce that as a result of their fund-raising, we are in the process of ordering an array of new books to re-stock the children's book shelves throughout the school.

As we approach the end of our second week, our Year 5 children are becoming increasingly excited about their upcoming residential trip to Mersea and alternative local visits. Let's hope the weather stays fair for them.

Best wishes

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

A very productive and settled second week of term has been had in Year 3.

In English lessons this week, the children have researched facts about the Stone Age, and included them in paragraphs joined with suitable conjunctions. These paragraphs will form an information text on the Stone Age. Linking closely with our layered reading text, Stone Age Boy, the children have also learned about the daily routines of a person from the Stone Age.

In maths, the children have developed their place value knowledge by reading and writing numbers up to 1000 and solving problems using 3-digit numbers.

During Connected Curriculum lessons, the children become history detectives. They used detailed observation and historical enquiry to analyse artefacts. By looking closely with a magnifying glass, they were able to draw detailed sketches of each artefact and make predictions as to its use. They were also introduced to the book The First Drawing in which a young girl creates the first ever image to be drawn some 30,000 years ago in a cave in the South of France. They went on to discuss the images found in some cave paintings, explaining what these could tell them about life in the Stone Age.

As scientists the children have been learning about our diet and nutrition and what makes up a healthy meal. They enjoyed sorting animals into carnivore, omnivore and herbivore categories on a Venn diagram.

Swimming lessons commenced this week so please ensure you have checked which day your child swims on the timetable in the communication books and at the end of this newsletter to ensure they have the correct kit. A reminder that earrings are not to be worn for PE or swimming lessons.

We are very pleased to see the children are making good use of their reading records in their Communication Books. Please remember to sign these once a week and support your child with their reading targets.

We wish you a very pleasant weekend - it looks to be another bright and sunny one!

Year 4

It seems amazing that we are at the end of our second week. The children have continued to settle confidently into their new routines, adapting to the higher expectations regarding behaviour and learning both around the school, and within the classroom. In English lessons, our focus has been on story openings and we have introduced the classes to an intrepid Egyptian explorer, Tadeo Jones, through the medium of film. Focus on using fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases has begun to hone and challenge the children’s creativity and vocabulary.

In maths lessons, we have revisited the skill of rounding to 10, 100 and 1000 in a variety of different contexts which has also helped reinforce their knowledge and understanding of place value.

Looking at human teeth, especially their shape, enabled the children to consider why we have a range of different types and how they allow us to break down a variety of foods as part of the digestive process.

During our first Connected Curriculum lessons, the children worked as history detectives. They applied their knowledge of primary and secondary sources of evidence and were challenged to study a range of artefacts - some modern and some from Ancient Egypt. They also considered different types of questions a historian might ask about objects and how these, when combined, allow us to make sensible predictions regarding their use and importance. Introductions to some pharaohs allowed each class to consolidate their understanding of the terms BCE and CE by placing them in chronological order and considering which, in their opinion, was each leader’s greatest achievement.

Year 5

Year 5 have enjoyed an explosive week investigating how the shift of tectonic plates result in different types of earthquakes, and they certainly enjoyed a ‘toast-tastic’ time!

This investigation allowed the children to enhance their growing knowledge of the structure and physical geography of the Earth. We have been highly impressed with the children’s emotional understanding surrounding the impact of natural disasters on the lives of people all around the world.

In maths, the children have been building upon their addition and subtraction skills from Year 4. Please see your child's Communication Book for the KIFRs that have been set and remember to encourage them to regularly use TTRockStars to consolidate and improve the fluency of their times tables knowledge.

The children have begun their learning in science by exploring forces and how to safely and carefully use a force meter. Why not ask your child to explain 'pushes and pulls' as they help around the house?

There is much excitement for the children's upcoming residential trip to Mersea and alternative visits in the local area – the children have lots to look forward to! We all have our fingers crossed for some fresh, crisp and dry weather!

Year 6

As the pupils have delved deeper into the wonderful text ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, they have carefully considered the viewpoint of Cliff, the youngest sibling, and his potential experience following the dramatic separation from his sisters during an air raid. As writers, there has been further development of many technical skills, and also a focus upon developing a more original and creative approach to writing for those pupils who will be tackling the selection papers soon.

Within their studies of Connected Curriculum, they have learned about the complex nature of the events that led up to the outbreak of the Second World War, showing great enthusiasm to understand the cause and effect of many of the decisions and choices made by political leaders. They have time to refine their drawing skills by applying perspective with greater understanding and control.

As scientists, they have developed their understanding of the importance of standardised symbols and how these are used to communicate ideas relating to electrical circuits. They are aware of the importance of attention to detail when drawing such diagrams and very much enjoyed constructing the circuits that they had drawn.

One of the highlights of the week, was when the entire year group went to fields together to participate in a PE session involving cross-country. Across the year group, there was a great deal of effort on display, and it was lovely to see how many of the pupils took the opportunity to encourage each other.

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

Polite Reminder

Please be aware that the school gates onto Ronald Hill Grove will be closed at 3.40pm so we ask that you vacate the playground as soon as possible.

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 3

Monday - Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Wholemeal Wrap with Tuna Mayonnaise - Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Raspberry Mousse

Tuesday - Pork Meatballs in Tomato Gravy - Vegetable Ravioli with Garlic Bread - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Vegetable Rice, Broccoli and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Cornflake Crisp

Wednesday - Chicken Nuggets - Vegetable Nuggets - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Curly Fries, Spaghetti Hoops and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Chocolate cake

Thursday - Homemade Beef and Spaghetti Bolognese - Vegetable and Quorn Bolognese - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Fruit Biscuit

Friday - Chicken and roasted vegetable fajita - Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Tortilla Chips - Wholemeal Wrap with Salmon and Sweetcorn - Vegetable Cous Cous and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Fruity Jelly

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

September 2023

  • Monday 18th - Year 5 to Fields @ 1.45pm
  • Tuesday 19th - Year 6 to Fields @ 1.50pm
  • Tuesday 19th - Young Voices Choir - 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd - Year 5 Mersea Residential and Non-Residential Visit
  • Wednesday 20th - Year 6 Boys' Table Tennis @ Alleyn Court - 9am - 11.45am
  • Wednesday 20th - Year 6 Girls' Table Tennis @ Alleyn Court - 12pm - 3pm
  • Saturday 23rd - Selection tests
  • 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 - 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
  • 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)

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)
  • 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)
  • Wednesday 15th - Year 3/4 Dodgeball Competition @ Garons
  • Thursday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Test Week - All Year Groups
  • 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
  • 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


Well done to who 3M, 3N, 3T, 4G, 4S and 6A who all achieved 100% attendance this week!


Sports Performer of the Week is Everly Dixon (3N)

Most Improved in PE is Poppy Pringle (5J)

Citizen of the Week is Seb Dell (6W)

Team Points

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

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