West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 9th february 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to welcome so many of you to our online safety quizzes this week - the children really enjoyed sharing their learning experiences with you (and congratulations to those parents who gained certificates).

On a more serious note, we would like to encourage you to sign up to the online National College, if you haven't done so already, and take full advantage of all the information the site contains – information on issues that may affect your children now and in the future.

Best wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

This week, Year 3 have explored explanation texts in English, learning about the importance of statements rather than commands and identifying the key features. The children enjoyed creating a ‘Top Trump’ for some of the mythical creatures we have been introduced to so far in our Layered Reading book, The Beasts of Olympus. Our maths focus has been a continuation of our addition and subtraction learning - understanding the inverse relation and applying this knowledge to solve a range of problems.

Some excellent Ancient Greek theatre masks have also been created through use of collage. We explored how the emotions of comedy and tragedy plays could be represented through their colour choices.

We are continuing to practise our presentation and we have been really proud of some of the commitment we have seen across the year group with their lines having been learned already. We appreciate your ongoing support with this and can’t wait for you to see the performance in March. We ended the week with an ‘Online Safety Quiz’ where it was lovely to welcome so many of you into the classrooms to share our learning from Tuesday’s Safer Internet Day.

Year 4

As another busy week comes to an end, we would like to thank all the parents who were able to attend our Safer Internet Day meeting on Thursday afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you there supporting the children in their understanding and enjoyment of the positive impact of technology. There was certainly a competitive edge in the classrooms as the children demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of information gathered during Tuesday’s work.

Persuasion has been our focus during English lessons. Studying a range of advertising made an exciting start to the children’s learning. They considered the ways in which advertisers grab our attention and encourage us to buy products using persuasive techniques such as hyperbole, alliteration, puns/play on words and visual techniques such as call outs, bold fonts and images. Using this knowledge, the children enjoyed writing a highly persuasive advertisement for a broken object extolling its many faults as strengths. There are certainly some future copywriters coming through in Year 4!!

We have continued to work on the children’s understanding of how to tell the time. They have practised telling the time accurately to the minute on analogue clocks and have solved problems involving duration. Some bands have compared analogue and digital time using both 12 and 24 hour clocks.

To support the children’s work next week (when they will make their pizzas as part of their learning in Connected Curriculum), we have studied food hygiene. The children looked at various scenarios and the risks to health and safety, creating posters to educate kitchen users. Next week, they will also make their pizza dough in school which they will take home to complete and cook their pizza. All the information needed to support the children at home will be on Showbie including instructions about how to upload their work. Each class will make their dough on a different day (as detailed below) and we ask that a plastic box (with a lid) is sent in so the children can transport their dough hygienically. (Please provide a box large enough to allow for expansion of the dough):

4B – Monday 4S - Tuesday 4E – Wednesday 4G – Thursday

Also a plea from Mr Boylan – 4B are going to Coastal Schools on Wednesday morning. If any parents are available to help, please could they let either Mr Boylan or the office know as soon as possible as currently we have had no volunteers.

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 are 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.

Year 6

In English, Year 6 have written persuasively, articulately explaining who they believe should be the recipient of ‘The Unluckiest Character’ award. This challenging task showcased their ability to draw connections across a range of narrative texts, including characters studied throughout Year 6.

In maths, Year 6 have been engaged in the intricacies of calculating with fractions. The activities tackled within these lessons not only bolstered their computational skills but also fostered deeper understanding of fractions through a variety of problem-solving tasks.

Their elaborate artwork has continued as they have applied their creativity to the ongoing development of rainforest-inspired artwork. Building upon the skills acquired, it has been pleasing to see how their layers are contributing to the overall composition of the piece.

In science, the children have deepened their understanding of the contributions of Edward Jenner - a key scientist. Exploring his pivotal role in the development of vaccinations, they gained insights into scientific inquiry and the lasting impact of Jenner's work on public health.

Online Safety

This week the children have taken part in a range of activities around Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. During the morning the different year groups focused on a range of activities. It was so lovely to see so many parents joining in with the classes to complete a quiz. The children enjoyed seeing those parents who had completed watching the short online safety video on age appropriate content receive their certificate.

In Year 3 the children were considering what technology looks like in the past and now and how it might evolve in the future. AI (Artificial Intelligence) was a huge element for all the year groups but in particular Year 4 looked at how AI is used as a voice assistant and what the rules designers of these assistants need to follow in order to keep everyone safe. In year 5 there was a focus on how design plays a role in websites, online services and games in order to persuade the user to do something. The children were able to identify how “persuasive design” is applied in order that they will recognise when they may be targeted when online or being part of a game. Year 6 explored what it was like to be an online influencer and how responsible these influencers should be and how we as online consumers need to be responsible in our interactions online.

This week's online guide tells trusted adults what they need to know about Monkey. With Omegle finally shutting down in late 2023, the top spot among video chat services is up for grabs – and Monkey has its eyes set on the crown. Randomly matching its users for 15-second conversations, the platform’s developers claim to have created a dynamic online space for people to make new connections and, potentially, even some new friends.

Despite these innocuous-sounding intentions, however, Monkey has been criticised for moderation which may not be comprehensive enough to defend against the obvious dangers that unregulated, random video calls pose to the younger element of the site’s userbase.

All of our parent guides can be viewed online at the button below.

Year 3/4 Boys' Football

On Friday 26th January, our year 3/4 boys’ football team competed in a football tournament at the Len Forge Centre. With 16 schools taking part, they were split into 4 groups of 4 with 3 games to play - the top two making it through to the super 8s.

After completing their three games and a tense wait for the results, the boys made it through as runners up of their group on goal difference:

  • West Leigh 4-0 Earls Hall
  • West Leigh 0-0 St. Helens
  • West Leigh 1-2 Heycroft

After a refuel, the team went on to play another seven games in the afternoon. Their defence and attack was tireless. By the end, the results were as follows:

  • West Leigh 0-0 St. Mary’s
  • West Leigh 1-0 Darlinghurst
  • West Leigh 1-2 Our Lady of Lourdes
  • West Leigh 3-0 Thorpedene
  • West Leigh 1-0 Heycroft
  • West Leigh 0-0 Leigh North Street
  • West Leigh 3-0 Bournes Green

With all the games played, the teams were called together to find out where they had finished. Our boys waited intently before finding out they'd finished 1st! The whole team put in a fantastic effort in every game, demonstrating their team work, individual skills and incredible sportsmanship throughout the day.

Basketball Friendly

On Tuesday, seven Year 6 boys were invited to play in a friendly basketball game at Alleyn Court school.

All seven of the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing on an inside court and showed some excellent teamwork.

They improved immensely as the game progressed with some good dribbling and defending skills throughout.

Well done to all.

Safer Internet Day

This week, the children have taken part in a range of activities around Safer Internet Day. It was so lovely to see so many parents joining in with the classes to complete a quiz. The children enjoyed seeing those parents who had completed the short online safety video on age appropriate content receive their certificates.

In Year 3, the children considered what technology looks like in the past and now and how it might evolve in the future. AI (Artificial Intelligence) was a huge element for all the year groups but in particular, Year 4 looked at how AI is used as a voice assistant and what the rules designers of these assistants need to follow in order to keep everyone safe. In Year 5, there was a focus on how design plays a role in websites, online services and games in order to persuade the user to do something. The children were able to identify how persuasive design is applied in order that they will recognise how they may be targeted when online or being part of a game. Year 6 explored what it was like to be an online influencer and how responsible these influencers should be and how we as online consumers need to be responsible in our interactions online.

Visit to Adalah Care Home

This week, we took part in our first visit to Adalah Care Home. It was lovely to start up these sessions once more and the residents really enjoyed working with the children on a craft activity. We were incredibly proud of the children who took part in this visit - they were kind, polite and respectful. They had some lovely conversations with the residents and most certainly brightened their day. A huge thank you to the parents who accompanied us and made this possible. We look forward to taking a different group of children each month.

Key Notices this Week

Donations Required: As part of our play initiative, the children would love some pushchairs that they can use for roleplay. If you have an old pushchair that is no longer required (full size or toy), we would really appreciate any donations.

Paper Needed: If there are any businesses who would like to recycle unused plain paper of any size/colour, we would be extremely grateful for your donations.

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 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.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

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

February 2024

  • Tuesday 13th -Oliver Jr! rehearsal
  • Netball fixture @ Shoeburyness High School - 3.30pm - 5pmPrimary School - 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 14th - Coastal Schools (4B)
  • Thursday 15th - Year 5 girls' football against Greenways @ 2.45pm
  • Visit to West Leigh Baptist Church
  • Friday 16th - INSET DAY
  • Year 3 football festival - a.m.
  • Year 5 football festival - p.m.
  • Monday 19th - 23rd - February Half Term
  • Tuesday 27th - Cross Country Competition @ Alleyn Court 11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 6.30pm)
  • Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Friday 1st - 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 House of Parliament
  • Year 3/4 Father David Assembly
  • Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 6th - Year 5/6 Father David Assembly
  • Thursday 7th - Year 3 presentation( 3M & 3T)
  • Year 3/4 Girls' Football vs Rayleigh
  • Significant Females Sale - from 1.15pm
  • 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.

First Half Term:

3L

  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday

3M

  • Indoor PE - Wednesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

3N

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

3T

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Friday

4B

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4E

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday

4G

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday

4S

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

5F

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday

5J

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday

5K

  • Indoor PE - Friday
  • Outdoor PE - Tuesday

5R

  • Indoor PE - Thursday
  • Outdoor PE - Monday

6A

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday

6D

  • Indoor - Wednesday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday

6P

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Tuesday

6W

  • Indoor - Thursday
  • Outdoor - Monday

Attendance

Well done to 4E who achieved an impressive 100% attendance this week.

Awards

Our most improved in sport award goes to Oliver James (6W)

Our sports performer award goes to Poppy Doulton (3M)

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.

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