West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 15th December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It seems almost unbelievable that Christmas is so close and then we move into 2024. What happened to 2023?? It has been a very full term and everyone is ready for a rest from the usual school routine – the children, you and the staff

We all wish you a joyous Christmas break and a very happy and healthy New Year

Best Wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

What a festive week we have had in Year 3! The children thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas dinner on Wednesday and were very impressed by the close-up magicians who came to entertain them.

We have come to the end of our layered reading text for this term and have said goodbye to UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age. The children enjoyed designing a gift for him and it looks like he may finally realise his dream of having ‘soft trousers’. In other English lessons, the children have watched The Snowman animation and worked in teams to create a playscript for their chosen characters.

In maths, the children have been voting for their favourite Christmas foods. We have used this data to create tally charts, pictograms and bar charts before answering and generating questions based on these statistics.

We have brought our Stone Age topic to a close by looking at art work from another ancient civilisation. The children have created beautiful aboriginal artworks.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

In Year 4 this week, the children have been completing their cinquain poems. These have been based on a range of themes including animals, Egypt, Christmas or winter.

Our focus in maths has been co-ordinates, where the children have been reading and plotting points to reveal pictures.

As we have reached the end of our science topic on sound, the children have been reviewing what they know through completing quizzes and creating information posters.

In Connected Curriculum, the classes have been completing various activities to round off the topic of Tomb Raiders, with one more lesson next week on pyramids to complete.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

As the term draws to a close, the children have continued to embrace this week with eagerness and zest. The weather did not deter 4F and 4K from attending fields this week - in fact, it allowed for a full afternoon of sportsmanship and determination. It is wonderful to see the progress that the children have made this term; they should all be very proud.

During maths, the children began the week by reinforcing their learning of coordinates. As the week continued, they had the opportunity to play mathematical battleships and (slightly calmer) quests to identify their Christmas symbols within a quadrant.

Our learning of The Tempest has sadly drawn to a close. To end the topic, we have been discovering and highlighting the themes within Shakespeare’s play - leading to the opportunity to create their own trailers for a fictitious movie. As usual, Year 5 showed tenacity and creativity throughout the filming process.

Our study of The Great Wave came to a close this week as the children finished their homage to Hokusai by creating their own composition. The use of colour, line work and pattern has allowed each child to embrace their own creative vision whilst including newly learned skills.

We appreciate all of your support this term and we hope that the Christmas festivities bring you joy and well-earned time with your families.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

In our English sessions, Year 6 has worked diligently in order to complete their biographical writing. They have demonstrated their proficiency in crafting engaging and informative biographies, showcasing their growth as skilled writers.

The end of the puppet project in our Connected Curriculum is in sight, with many puppets now having been completed or nearing completion. They have certainly taken pride in their achievements, having devoted time and effort to the intricate art of puppetry. Additionally, they have engaged in valuable self-evaluations, reflecting on their work and celebrating the creative journey.

Although our topic related primarily to the war years (1939 - 1945), we have recently been developing understanding of life in post-war Britain. The focus has extended to the development of new towns in addition to the challenges faced by the Windrush generation during this crucial period. The pupils seemed genuinely shocked by how these people were treated upon arrival in Britain.

On Tuesday afternoon,we had the pleasure of attending a production of School of Rock at Belfairs Academy, which was a highly enjoyable experience. The pupils certainly enjoyed the lively nature of the show, demonstrated excellent behaviour as an audience and were very encouraging of the performers on stage. It was also great to see many past pupils on stage and, if you are in touch with any of them, please pass on our best wishes and congratulations.

Letters sent home this week:

Online Safety

With Christmas right around the corner, millions of families are excitedly anticipating the chance to spend some quality time with each other over the festive season. When everyone’s engrossed in their phones or glued to their games consoles, however, genuinely meaningful moments with loved ones can often be difficult to orchestrate.

This Christmas guide will lend a hand - providing some advice on helping young people to set aside their devices for a while and live in the moment. Even if going full tech cold turkey feels unrealistic, implementing just a few of these tips could still decrease the amount of screen time in your home this festive season – enabling everyone to make the most of it.

Christmas Thank You

Thank you to all the parents who have helped us this term. Many of you have been into school to help with all sorts of activities including sewing, trips, PE and also out on the School Street barrier.

We were pleased that some of you could join us for a mince pie and coffee this morning.

We appreciate all your ongoing help throughout the term and wish you a very merry Christmas!

Christmas at St. Margaret's

On Tuesday evening, over two hundred children were involved in our Celebration of Christmas at St Margaret’s Church. As always, we are very grateful to Father David for allowing us to use such a beautiful space to perform; the children were simply outstanding. From the choirs, including the smaller Year 6 groups of the Girls' Chamber Choir and Boys' Ensemble, to the readers, poetry group, newly formed Ukulele group and Sylvie (our exceptional soloist), the performers presented a magical evening which really did highlight the amazing talent we have and the wonderful festive spirit in which we are all revelling! Thank you for your support and giving generously to the retiring collection which will be divided between the church and St Vincent’s food bank.

If you were unable to come on Tuesday evening, fear not! Next Tuesday, join the children from both choirs for Carols on the Playground at 3.15pm.

Christmas Dinner at West Leigh

Christmas Dinner on Wednesday was a huge success. We worked with the infant school leadership team to make it a memorable occasion for all of the children. The kitchen staff did a magnificent job in cooking for 800 hungry young people. Thank you to FOWLS for paying for the magicians who went down a storm.

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).

Choir Performance for HARP: At 3.15pm, on Tuesday 19th December, the combined choirs invite you to listen to carols on the playground when we will be collecting for HARP.

Non-Uniform Day: Please note that it will be a non-uniform day on the last day of term (Wednesday 20th December). Children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers/clothing if they wish.

Year 3 Disco: Please use the following link to book a space:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKiJoS3clikktcuUitr9rZIS6_oqxvsSE0e_TKiUE8rrjYaw/viewform?pli=1

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

When we return after Christmas we will be have out Spring Term Menu. We will return to the menu below;

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

December 2023

  • 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 - Carols on the playground from 3.15pm
  • 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

  • Thursday 4th - Back to school
  • Tuesday 9th - Y3/4 RSE Parent Talk 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 10th - Sportshall Athletics @ Garons (Years 5/6)
  • Thursday 11th - Sportshall Athletics @ Garons (Years 3/4)
  • Thursday 11th - Year 5 RSE Parent Talk 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Monday 15th - Young Voices Choir @ O2 - 10.30am - 11pm
  • Tuesday 16th - Y6 RSE Parent Talk - 2.30pm - 3pm
  • Monday 22nd - Little Lifesavers - Year 5
  • Tuesday 23rd - Swimming Gala for selected children - 9am - 3pm
  • Friday 26th - Football tournament (Y3/4 boys) - 9.30am - 2.45pm
  • Friday 26th - Year 3 Disco 6.15pm - 7.45pm
  • Tuesday 30th - Young Voices Concert for parents @ 2pm

February 2024

Please note that the original dates of the Year 5 presentation have changed. These will now take place in May. 

  • Tuesday 27th - Cross Country Competition @ Alleyn Court 11am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • Friday 1st - General Knowledge Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Tuesday 5th - Year 3 presentation (3L & 3N)
  • Thursday 7th - Year 3 presentation( 3M & 3T)
  • Monday 11th- Friday 22nd - Test Weeks
  • Monday 25th - Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 27th - Learning Conferences

April 2024

Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th - Oliver Jr! Production

May 2024

  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 6 SATs Week
  • Monday 20th - Bikeability (6A & 6W)
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 5 presentation to parents (5J & 5R)
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 5 presentation to parents (5K & 5F)

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.

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
  • 4G - Mrs Garrett & Mrs Aggus
  • 3N - Mrs Nash & Mrs Mitchinson

Tuesday

  • 3L - Miss Playfair
  • 4E - Mrs Rodger
  • 4S - Miss Street

Wednesday

  • 3T - Mrs Thompson
  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5R - Mr Markham

Thursday

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

Friday

  • 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:

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

This week, 3T achieved the best attendance with 96.67% .

Well done to 3L who have the best attendance for the term. They will select the playlist for lunchtime on the last day of term.

Year 3 should also be very proud as they are the year group with the best attendance this term. They will be first in for dinner every day next week!

Awards

Our most improved in sport award goes to Chloe Weekes (6P)

Our sports performer award goes to Oliver Salmon (3L)

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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