West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 24th noVEMBER 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It's been another busy week here in school, with our Eco Christmas jumper swap today and Year 4 presentations during the week: it was wonderful to see so many of you join us on both days.

As we approach the start of advent next week, we are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our Christmas decoration mornings which have proved a popular addition to the countdown to Christmas for us all.

Best Wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

It has been a very exciting week in Year 3. Hair Dryers have been heard up and down the corridor as the children tested their Stone Age shelters against the design brief to ensure they could withstand all weathers. From this, they created star diagrams to evaluate the effectiveness of each criteria and made suggestions to improve them by reinforcing the external materials.

In maths lessons, the focus has been on fractions, starting off by recognising halves and quarters. The children went on to identifying thirds and fifths including finding fractions of amounts as well as shapes.

English has seen the children transported through a time travelling portal to the Stone Age as they began to plan and write the openings of a narrative story. They took inspiration from our previous layered reading text ‘Stone Age Boy’ and from ‘Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures’ both of which involve a portal to the past. Setting the beginning of the story in The Natural History Museum, the children went on a 360 degree virtual tour and wrote noun phrases to describe the historic building.

The highlight of the week has to have been our trip to Barleylands Farm on Thursday. We began the visit with an introduction into Stone Age cookery from the Neolithic period. The children ground einkorn wheat into flour using traditional and modern methods. They went on to make a dough and bake their bread which they were able to take home. Next up was chopping fruits and vegetables to create a traditional stew; the children enjoyed trying out the flavours and the mixture of sweet and savoury items.

After fuelling up on lunch, we went on a rather bumpy tractor ride around the farm, with a quick stop to feed the goats and sheep. We then entered a virtual cave, complete with a fire to create some replica cave paintings using charcoal. Next the children learnt about the traditional farming methods and implements used by our Neolithic ancestors and were able to view the Highland cows descended from Aurochs. The last stop was an opportunity to look at the fruits and vegetables growing inside the poly tunnel and learn about the methods used by the gatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Age.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit whilst enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the Stone Age. We would like to extend our thanks to the adult helpers who accompanied us, without whom, this fantastic experience wouldn't have gone ahead.

We look forward to welcoming more members of our parent community into school next Thursday for our annual Christmas decoration morning.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

We have been very proud of the way the Year 4 children performed their poems, dances, songs and sketches this week, highlighting their learning all about Ancient Egypt both to their parents and the school community. From the many comments received, it appears that you were both impressed and amazed by the talent on display.

The children have also demonstrated their mathematical knowledge and understanding during our test week, showing their skills in arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. Overall, we have been impressed at the retention of facts and their resilience.

During English lessons, the children have begun the preparatory work that will enable them to create informative and carefully organised information texts on The River Nile. After studying the features of this text type, the children formed their own questions to support the research process. Using their notes, they began to form their research into paragraphs, considering how to best use a variety of conjunctions and some rhetorical questions as sentence openers.

After making their own musical instruments, the children explored how they could be played and in turn, considered the challenge of how the pitch could be altered. This generated a number of questions, demonstrating their understanding of our topic about sound.

In RE, the children learnt about why Jewish people make pilgrimages to Jerusalem as well as the importance of the Western Wall to the Jewish community. They found about the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments and how this was linked to the Western Wall. They were fascinated about the fact that prayers and intentions were written on pieces of paper to be pushed between the bricks where people believed they would be answered. Writing their own prayers and intentions encouraged the children to consider what is important in their lives and where their special place might be.

Just a reminder that weather depending, 4G are very much looking forward to attending Coastal Schools on Thursday 30th November. We look forward to welcoming our parent helpers at 9.20 am.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

The children have continued their immersion into the Shakespearean era this week by researching and comparing audience experiences at `The Globe Theatre`, focusing closely on the views of a groundling. After careful debate, many of the children decided they would prefer watching a performance during the 21st Century compared to the 16th!

In maths, the children have continued their work on statistics with a particular focus on time. They have developed their ability when reading graphs and have solved a range of problems based on data. It would benefit some of the children to spend some time recapping our learning on time. Please refer to KIRF Time 1 and 2 on Maths with a Mouse to reinforce their knowledge and understanding.

The artistic talent shown as we move closer to their final Great Wave compositions has been wonderful to witness. This week, the children have investigated the skill of printing and explored how this could be used in their final piece to create texture and pattern.

Our science lessons this week have continued to build on their learning and understanding of forces. The children have investigated the placement of the fulcrum and pivot using equipment within the classroom. We look forward to creating our own pulley systems next week.

As you are aware, Year 5 start their Forest Schools sessions next week. A gentle reminder that all children will be required to bring a packed lunch on their designated day. Thank you to all parents who have volunteered to help.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

Our Year 6 pupils have successfully navigated through Assessment Week, showcasing commendable effort and a mature approach to demonstrate their knowledge. We have been pleased by their hard work and they should take pride in their individual efforts.

In our Connected Curriculum lessons, they have begun the process of manufacturing their own puppets - a very exciting development. Already, they have developed a good understanding of the significance of templates in the design of three-dimensional sewing constructions.

In the coming weeks, their puppets will begin to take shape. We will be seeking additional parental support, which will be requested via the communication book.

In our recent science work, the Year 6 pupils carried out investigations related to shadows. They attempted to gather accurate results and then present these systematically, leading to the creation of generalisations based on their findings.

Letters sent home this week:

Online Safety

Gone are the days of Black Friday only existing in the physical environment of the high street. Now, both this retail landmark and its sister event, Cyber Monday, see deals and discounts displayed across almost every online retailer. These deals also often pop up within in-app purchases too on popular games and services. The frantic dash for the best bargains online, however, also harbours several risks: chiefly, cybercriminals hoping to exploit people’s excitement and hoodwink them out of their hard-earned cash.

This week's guide has some expert pointers on keeping both your money and your personal information safe while still making the most of the spectacular sales.

Parish Cup: West Leigh V Greenways

West Leigh competed in a thrilling extravaganza of footballing drama against Greenways on Thursday, in the second round of the Parish Cup. After trailing 2-1 at half time, the team responded brilliantly by galvanising themselves into a marauding hoard upon the pitch! After bombarding the Greenways goal with ferocious pressure, Joe Smith scored his second goal of the game to take the team within a whisker of cup victory. However, luck was not on our side and Greenways made it 3-2 with just seconds to go!

Eco Christmas Jumper Swap

Christmas started early and with a bit of a bang today with our pre-loved Christmas jumper swap! As the school gates opened, children flooded into the hall to donate their pre-loved jumpers and receive a token to be exchanged for a 'new' pre-loved one. The Eco Warriors demonstrated excellent organisational and selling skills (some certainly could move into a career selling time-shares) and at the end of the afternoon, only a few jumpers were left for onward donation. It was lovely to see the children chatting, laughing and interacting with other year groups and it seemed that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event. We will certainly be repeating this next year, so keep hold of any old jumpers or those that have been outgrown. Also keep an eye out for information on our next Eco swap which will happen in the new year.

Speed Bounce House Team Event:

On Tuesday lunchtime, the children were invited to participate in the first sporting house team event of the year! Led by the Year 6 Sports Captains, children from all year groups completed as many 'speed bounces' as they could in 20 seconds. The house team with the most 'speed bounces' altogether would be the winners. 224 children took part! The scores have been counted and verified...

  • Centicore = 1,809
  • Pegasus = 2,078
  • Phoenix = 2,025
  • Wyvern = 2,202

As winners, Wyvern receive 8 points, Pegasus in 2nd place receive 6 points, whilst 3rd and 4th placed Phoenix and Centicore receive 4 points each. The points from sporting house team events will be accumulated throughout the year and will contribute to the house team point totals on Sports Day. Well done to all of the children who took part!

Christmas Foodbank Collection for St Vincent's

Next Friday (1st December), we have asked the children to bring in donations for our foodbank collection for the St Vincent's Centre in Southend.

We know that many homes will struggle this Christmas and would like to support the centre in providing meals to those who need them most.

We thank you for your continued support with our charity fundraisers.

Poster Designed by Isla Phillips (6W)

The Travelling Book Fair is Coming to West Leigh!

From Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December, we will be hosting our book fair in school just in time for Christmas. We have been lucky enough to secure a 3 for 2 deal which means you can get your very own special deals in our own Black Friday week! As always, there will be a wide selection of beautiful books that the children will have a chance to view during the week and you will be able to purchase, either with cash or using QR technology.

This year, we are not only hosting the sale after school until approximately 3.45pm each day, but we are also hoping to sell some books during the Christmas decoration mornings so that parents can browse without prying eyes! We look forward to seeing you!

Key Notices this Week:

After School Club: Please note that there will be no After School Club on the last day of term (Wednesday 20th December).

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

November 2023

  • Monday 27th - Friday 1st - Travelling Book Fair
  • Monday 27th - Year 6 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Monday 27th - Forest Schools (5K)
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 5 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Tuesday 28th - Netball @ Shoeburyness High 3.00 - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29th - Year 4 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Wednesday 29th - Forest Schools (5F)
  • Thursday 30th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 30th - Year 3 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Forest Schools (5R)

December 2023

  • Friday 1st - Christmas Foodbank Collection
  • Friday 1st - Forest Schools (5J)
  • Tuesday 5th - Late Book Look 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 6th - Parent Play Session (Year 3) 10.15am - 10.45am
  • Thursday 7th - Visit to St. Vincent's Foodbank
  • Friday 8th - Santa Dash
  • Monday 11th - Carol Concert rehearsal @ St. Margaret's Church (9am - 12pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Carol Concert @ St. Margaret's Church (7pm - 8pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Year 6 - Belfairs School of Rock
  • Wednesday 13th - Christmas Dinner and Christmas jumpers
  • Thursday 14th - FOWLS Christmas Gift Sale
  • Monday 18th - rescheduled tennis session (Year 3) 8.00am
  • Monday 18th - Year 4 Christmas Party
  • Tuesday 19th - rescheduled tennis session (Year 4) 8.00am
  • Tuesday 19th - Year 3 Christmas Party
  • Tuesday 19th - Year 5 Christmas Party
  • Wednesday 20th - Non Uniform Day
  • Wednesday 20th - No After School Club
  • Thursday 21st - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

Future Dates:

January 2024

  • Tuesday 9th - Y3/4 RSE Parent Talk 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 11th - Sportshall Athletics @ Garons
  • Year 5 RSE Parent Talk
  • Monday 15th - Young Voices Choir @ O2 - 10.30am - 11pm
  • Tuesday 16th - Y6 RSE Parent Talk - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Monday 22nd - Little Lifesavers - Year 5
  • Friday 26th - Year 3 Disco

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)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences

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.


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.

Second Half Term:


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday


  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday


  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday


This week, 3N achieved the best attendance with 98.48% .


Our sports awards will resume next week.

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

Team points will return next week.

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

Community News

Please refer to the items attached to this week's newsletter which we have been asked to share by the local authority. All parents have the right to reply to a consultation on any school.