West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 24th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was wonderful to welcome the children to school today in their alphabet-inspired costumes in aid of Cancer Research UK. Thank you for all the effort and creativity that has gone into the children's outfits - it has made the day so much fun!

The obstacle course also proved extremely popular - it really was a sight to behold as traffic lights, ice creams and even a giant baby made his way across the course!

We mustn't forget, however, that this was all in aid of charity and I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Mr Nash luck as he embarks on his epic run from Lands' End to John o' Groats. If you'd like to support him, please use the following link: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/iainrunning2024

As we head into the half term break, I hope you all have a wonderful time - whatever you're doing and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school, refreshed and ready for the final half term, on Tuesday 4th June.

Best wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

More photos will be uploaded to the website soon.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

Advance Notice: End of year school reports will be sent home on Friday 12th July to your personal email address held in the school office.

May 2024

  • 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)
  • Adalah Care Home visit from 1pm
  • Year 3 Book Look 3.30pm - 3.45pm
  • Wednesday 5th - Parent Council meeting @ 6pm
  • Thursday 6th - Drumming workshops
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th Years 3, 4 & 5 Test Week
  • Seesma Rehearsal at Cliffs Pavillion
  • Seesma concert - 7pm - 8.30pm
  • FOWLS Significant Males Sale
  • Tuesday 11th - Year 4 Book Look 3.30pm - 3.45pm
  • Tuesday 11th - Father David Lower School Assembly
  • Maths Quiz Club semi finals
  • Wednesday 12th - Father David Upper School Assembly
  • Borough Sports - 12pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 13th - Friday 14th - Year 3 Residential to Danbury
  • Thursday 13th - Transition meeting for Year 4 parents (7.30pm)
  • Monday 17th - Music workshop Year 4
  • Tuesday 18th - Year 3 Induction Meeting for Year 2 parents from 7.30pm
  • National School Sports Week - Year 6
  • Football trials for 4G, 5K & 5F 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Thursday 20th - SPSSA Southend Gotta Dance @ The Palace Theatre from 7pm
  • Sunday 23rd - Girls' Choir concert @ Plaza Centre from 3pm
  • Monday 24th - Friday 28th - Year 6 Residential to Ilam Hall and Southend Week
  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th - Year 6 Transition Day (King John)
  • Tuesday 25th - Super Sports (track) @ Garons from 4pm
  • Wednesday 26th - Super Sports (field) @ Garons from 4pm
  • Coastal Schools - 4G
  • Thursday 27th - Coastal Schools - 4B
  • Girls' football fixture at Chalkwell Park 4pm - 4.45pm

July 2024

  • Tuesday 2nd - King John Transition morning
  • Adalah Care Home visit from 1pm
  • Football trials 5R & 4B 3.30pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday 3rd - 3T & 3M Field Study
  • Friday 5th - Year 6 Transition Day
  • Year 3N & 3L Field Study
  • Monday 8th - Fun Swim Week
  • Tuesday 9th - Music Man project
  • Football Trials 4E, 4S & 5J
  • Wednesday 10th - Meet your new teacher day
  • Thursday 11th - Open Evening (5pm - 7pm)
  • Monday 15th - Year 6 House Team Swimming Gala
  • Tuesday 16th - Sports Morning 9am - 12pm
  • Thursday 18th - Year 6 Leavers' Assembly 2pm - 3pm
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term
  • No After School Club
  • Monday 22nd - INSET DAY

Year 3

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed bringing together all they have learnt about legends to create their own, based on the local legend of Sarah Moore. They created a story plan, ensuring they included lots of descriptive language, and then used this to write fantastic legends based in Leigh-on-Sea.

In maths, the children have been learning how to use short division with evidence and how to multiply whole numbers by ones. They applied these methods to solve problems. Please refer to ‘Maths with a Mouse’ for guidance on how to help your child with these methods at home.

Old Father Thames has lead us to learning more about the history of Leigh-on-Sea by the River Thames. The children have learnt all about the smuggling that used to happen and how this impacted the local area.

This was our last week of learning all about plants in science. This meant we concluded the investigation which has been ongoing throughout this topic. The children have taken great responsibility in ensuring that the investigation was fair by giving the plants the correct amount of water on certain days and measuring the height of the tallest flower. Each class' results differed slightly but we all learnt that plants need water, sunlight and nutrient-rich soil to survive. We are looking forward to learning all about light during our final science topic of Year 3.

Year 4

It certainly seems that we have had two seasons in one week. On Monday, 4G and 4E experienced lots of sunshine when the children took off on their geography field study. After a fast paced walk down to the station, the children were excited to travel to Southend by train. They carried out a variety of activities including sketching the pier and imagining what it might look like in 100 years’ time, carrying out a litter survey in 3 different places along the seafront and interviewing visitors about how and why they were visiting Southend. The weather on Tuesday for 4B and 4S was unfortunately not as kind but they still managed to enjoy themselves and gather plenty of useful information. As always, the children were extremely well-behaved and a credit to the school. Many of the people we spoke to commented on their politeness and the mature way they conducted themselves. As always, we would like to thank all of the parents who gave up their time to help on the trip.

In English lessons we have moved onto the study of biographies. We began by reviewing the children’s understanding of pronouns and their different uses.The children enjoyed the idea that they were the stunt people of grammar, standing in for nouns! They showed enthusiasm, reading a range of biographies of famous people, finding their common features and allowing them to demonstrate their comprehension abilities. They concluded the week by reviewing how to use relative clauses. Based on the life of Michael Morpurgo - the author of their layered reading text “The Butterfly Lion” -  they sorted information into categories before writing a simple biography.

Maths lessons this week have focused on the children's understanding of multiplication and division, with a particular emphasis on the upcoming MTC test after half term.

In our final science lesson of this half term, the children have demonstrated their understanding of electricity by participating in class discussions, answering questions and taking part in practical activities.

We wish you and the children an exciting but restful half term but would ask that they continue to work hard practising their times tables on TT Rockstars, read regularly – including on Showbie - and practise this half term's spellings in Spelling Shed.

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 with the children performing their presentations which were delightful to watch. Speaking with clarity and in unison, the children displayed a wide and varied range of speaking and listening skills. We are very proud of the children and all of their hard work; we hope you enjoyed watching them perform as much as we did!

We have concluded our science and PSHE learning by exploring the stages of human development and how we grow and change. The children actively engaged with their learning by asking pertinent and sensible questions, showcasing their growing maturity. Next term, as scientists, we will move on to exploring the properties of materials.

The children designed their own Anglo-Saxon shields in Connected Curriculum, in readiness to weave a Saxon shield after half term. If you have any spare, unwanted wool, we would appreciate donations to support our forthcoming design and technology unit.

As mathematicians, the children have continued to develop and progress their understanding of a range of topics. Across all maths classes, the teachers have been impressed with the children’s resilience to tackle the challenges that have been set in order to stretch their mathematical thinking.

As readers, the children have been consolidating a range of reading strategies as well as continuing to enjoy our layered text, The Firework Maker’s Daughter. When we return after half term, we are looking forward to using this text as a stimulus for story writing.

We wish you all a restful half term and look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday 4th June; the final term holds lots of exciting learning and activities.

Year 6

Our final week of this half term has been rather unusual in that, due to 2 classes participating in Bikeability, not all four classes have been working on parallel learning. Therefore, it’s probably best to share with you some of the activities that your child might have done this week, and if they haven’t, it is quite likely that this learning will be followed up after half term when the other two classes participate in their Bikeability sessions.

As writers, they might have been creating a new section of an unwritten chapter of The Explorer, attempting to develop the characters in keeping with those created by the highly talented Catherine Rundell. It is possible that they might also have been writing news articles inspired by some rather unique images of animals in unexpected situations.

In Connected Curriculum, it is likely that they have continued to write and finalise their knowledge organiser, but it is also possible that they have taken on several design challenges using Lego Wedo kits, combining their understanding of algorithms, their creativity and making links to the flanimals that they designed earlier in the term.

As artists, many of the children have embarked on a study of Monet’s iconic painting of the Houses of Parliament as an introduction to their Awesome Art topic. They have subsequently analysed his artistic style and applied aspects of this in their own artwork, linked to their newly-found knowledge of significant landmarks within the region of their Connected Curriculum independent topic choice.

Online Safety

A fitness tracker is a wrist-worn device that can measure your level of physical activity during the day. Each fitness tracker focuses on different things but in general, they tend to count steps taken, record sleep patterns and enable activity goals. They can also monitor heart rate, running distance and more. The first fitness tracker was created by Garmin in 2016 but Fitbit popularised fitness trackers for children by introducing the Fitbit Ace in 2018. Now they can be synched to children’s smartphones and used to make physical activity fun for children by giving out virtual badges or encouraging family challenges.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as unhealthy obsessions, unrealistic expectations and data leaks.

The National College and Online Safety

If you still need to sign up to the Online Safety portal, please follow the link https://nationalcollege.com/enrol/west-leigh-junior-school and add yourself as a parent.

Borough Swimming Gala

What an amazing afternoon the children had at the gala on Wednesday. The competition was extremely fierce, with great swimmers from all schools. It really was a battle right to the very end with us not knowing what the result would be. The races were tough, the competition was tough, but….. we came home with many medals and trophies, and best of all, we won the whole gala. It really was a team effort. We are very proud of all the children - not only for their commitment in attending training and then swimming well, but also their behaviour which was a credit to the school

Key Notices this Week

Lost Property: Please check the lost property box for missing items.

Inspirational Person

This half term, we have been learning about the incredible campaign led by Isabel and Meraji Wisjen. Inspired by a talk at school about people in the world who led change, the two girls created a petition to completely remove plastic bags from Bali - their home island. After over a year and a half, the governor of Bali listened to their ideas and Bali is now completely plastic bag free. Other islands in Indonesia have followed suit and marine pollution has drastically reduced - all as a result of the hard work of two young girls, who started this campaign aged just 10 and 12! We were all inspired by their quote: "We didn’t want to wait until we were older to stand up for what we believe in."

Last half term's Showbie challenge was a great success and the trainer designs were fantastic - have a look at some below! For this Showbie challenge, the children have been asked to design a reusable bag that shares the key messages about why plastic bags are so bad for the environment. There is a template and more information on Showbie.

Dinner Menu

Week 1

Monday - Homemade Bacon, Tomato & Vegetable Wholemeal Pasta - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Sweetcorn, Coleslaw & Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Cocktail

Tuesday - Traditional Roast Chicken with Yorkshire Pudding - Quorn in Vegetable Gravy with Yorkshire Pudding - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans & Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt to Fruity Flapjack

Wednesday - All Day Breakfast (Sausage, Baked Beans and Hash Browns) - Vegetarian All Day Breakfast (Vegetarian Sausage, Baked Beans and Hash Brown) - Granary Baguette with Tuna Mayonnaise - Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Banana Cake

Thursday - Homemade Beef Lasagne- Homemade Vegetable Lasagne - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans, Cheese or Tuna Mayonnaise - Garlic Bread, Mixed Vegetables and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Carrot Cake

Friday - 100% Fish Fingers - Vegetable Fingers - Wholemeal Wrap with Salmon & Sweetcorn - Potato Wedges, Garden Peas & Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Mandarin Jelly.

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
  • 4B - Mr Boylan
  • 3N - Mrs Nash & Mrs Mitchinson


  • 3L - Miss Playfair
  • 4G - Mrs Garrett & Mrs Nash
  • 4S - Miss Street


  • 3T - Mrs Thompson
  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5R - Mrs Lewis


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


  • 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:


  • 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 - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursdasy


  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • 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


Congratulations to 4B, 4G and 4S who all achieved the best attendance this week. A huge well done also goes to 6A who had the best attendance this half term and were able to select the playlist for today's music on the playground. The children had lots of fun dancing in the sunshine!

Team Points

Team points will resume after half term.


Sports Awards will resume after half term.

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