West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 8th December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

There was much excitement today as the children were joined by a giant elf during their Daily Mile sessions. The playground was certainly full of festive cheer in a sea of Christmas hats and music!

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to St. Margaret's Church on Tuesday evening for our annual carol concert which is certain to be a wonderful start to Christmas.

Best Wishes,

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

It was lovely to see so many family members at the Stay and Play session on Wednesday morning. The children had a fantastic time and enjoyed showing you all the lunchtime equipment!

In English this week, the children have written the ending to their Stone Age stories and have been working hard to publish them. They even created their own front cover, decorated with Stone Age symbols and illustrations. We enjoyed reading their finished products.

In maths lessons, the children have continued to develop their understanding of measurement, including equivalent measures, adding lengths and calculating the perimeter of shapes. Please continue to encourage your children to practise on TTRS regularly to develop their times tables recall.

The children used their wealth of knowledge developed throughout the autumn term in Connected Curriculum to justify the ‘Age’ in which they would most like to live: the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age. The explanations the children gave demonstrated their learning across the topic and we were very impressed with their responses! Following this, they took on the role of a travel agent, where they learned to create a persuasive advertisement to encourage someone to visit their chosen ‘Age’.

The end of the week saw a very exciting visit from a giant elf during our Santa Dash! The children loved taking part in the festive daily mile and singing along to Christmas music.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

On Friday morning, the children were thrilled to be visited by Enzo the elf who encouraged the children in a festive Santa Dash to run their daily mile. After their run, they had a chance to dance with Enzo.

Our maths lessons have involved the study of statistics looking at a wide variety of ways that data can be presented. This also gave the children an opportunity to review some of the statistical questions from their recent tests to see how they could have scored more marks. They have reviewed pictograms and column/bar charts, answering questions about the data through observation and calculation. Towards the end of the week, the children were tasked with creating their own bar charts and pictograms which helped them to practise laying information out on a page and using a ruler to accurately draw a straight line.

After extensive research and note-taking in English this week, the children have written and edited their writing, demonstrating their knowledge of the River Nile. They have also begun to present their information, adding graphical features to enhance their documents. Looking at poems with specific structures (including cinquains and kennings) has tested the children’s knowledge of word classes and syllables; they have created some excellent and creative poems demonstrating their understanding and showcasing in some cases, a great sense of humour!

Our RE topic is all about journeys and this week, we have learnt about the importance of pilgrimage to the Muslim community. Making links back to our study of the Five Pillars of Islam, we have learnt about Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to the holly city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia - which all Muslims are expected to do at least once in their lifetime. The children were fascinated to see images of over 3 million people praying and worshipping in the Mosque at Mecca and discovering how people prepare for this physical and spiritual journey.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

Our literacy work this week has involved preparation for a debate. We will be putting Prospero on trial in a mock court room for his treatment of Caliban, making links with the United Nations Convention on Human Rights. We will be considering points for and against his conviction and finding evidence in the text to support our point of view. Of course, the persuasive language we will be learning will be useful for persuading Santa to bring us that much wanted Christmas present!

In science, we have learnt about gears and related this to simple machines that help us in our everyday life. Isn’t it much easier to go uphill in a high gear on your bike?

Our artwork is progressing nicely with our skills in printing, colour-mixing and texturisation being applied to produce our final interpretation of the ‘Great Wave.’ We look forward to sharing them with you.

5K and 5F also managed to survive fields for tag rugby despite the wet weather, and a great time was had by all! The children have also been developing their gymnastic skills during their indoor PE sessions.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

This week, the pupils have been creating biographies, applying a range of technical features to enable cohesion. Across the year group, their writing has ranged from significant historical figures relating to WW2 to creative and imaginative texts about their own puppet character.

In Connected Curriculum lessons, the children have continued the manufacturing process with their puppets. Significant progress has been evident in the pupils’ sewing skills. They have also been carrying out interim evaluations, identifying challenges, how these have been overcome, and also considering how their puppet has been modified and will be modified in order to improve its design. Once again, we would like to thank all of the additional adults who have volunteered to help with the puppet-making sessions; your support has been invaluable.

Letters sent home this week:

Online Safety

In 2019, Disney launched its own streaming platform, intending to challenge the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Giving (often exclusive) access to shows and movies – such as the legendary studio’s animated classics and the revered Star Wars back catalogue – Disney+ has been a colossal success, proving popular with viewers of all ages.

Despite Disney’s reputation for wholesome, child-friendly content, however, there’s far more material available on their platform – some of which is aimed exclusively at adults. This could easily fly under the radar, given the company’s general image. This guide has useful tips to help your family sit back, relax and enjoy what Disney+ has to offer.

The Little Things Advent Calendar

This week, the children have really enjoyed continuing to open the 'Little Things' advent calendar doors. In assembly, nearly every child raised their hand to say they had tried to carry out at least one of the small acts of kindness this week. What a wonderful difference that will have made! Here are this week's doors - please share with us if you have noticed any of these being carried out at home!

  • 4 - Use good manners all day today. Say ‘please’ when you are asking for something and ‘thank you’ when you receive it! Say good morning to people you meet and hold doors open.
  • 5 - Look through your toys and clothes – can you donate something to your local charity shop?
  • 6 - Tidy your bedroom without being asked.
  • 7 - Leave out some water or food for the birds.
  • 8 - Hold the door open for someone.

Year 3 Gymnastics Club

Gymnasts from Year 3 have been demonstrating their strength and balance on the wall bars. The children have been increasing in confidence over this half term. They were so confident that they played 'rock, paper, scissors' on the bars this week!

Year 3 Stay and Play Session

This week, we held the first of our stay and play sessions. The Year 3 parents were welcomed on to the playground to join their children and see just how much fun they have at lunch and play times! Lots of the equipment was out and the children had a fantastic time showing their parents the different activities. We think that some of the parents had even more fun than the children - and we were hugely impressed with their 'tidying up' skills! A huge thank you to the Year 3 parents for all of their donations - we will put these to good use. Dates will follow shortly for Years 4, 5 and 6 to also enjoy a play with their parents.

Deputy Councillor Visit to St. Vincent's

On Thursday, the Deputy School Councillors travelled by bus to the St. Vincent's Centre in Southend where last week's food donations were already being packed into Christmas hampers for families in need. The children learnt about how the centre supports the local community, from providing hot meals and clothes, to all their outreach work for the homeless.

The children were impeccably behaved throughout the visit and came away with a little more understanding of all that the centre provides for the local community.

Year 5/6 Boys' Football

The Year 5/6 boys' football squad competed in football fixtures against Bournes Green on Tuesday. Sporting the new West Leigh football kit, one team competed in a league fixture and the other in a friendly fixture. The squad were well aware of how tough these fixtures would be, considering Bournes Green finished 2nd in the Essex finals recently!

League Fixture: Bournes Green 2-2 West Leigh

The team took a 1-0 lead into half time thanks to long-range free-kick from Finley Davies. Going into the final minutes of the game the score was tied at 1-1. Charlie Woolcock then scored what almost certainly should have been a winning goal. However with just 20 seconds to go, the team learned that football can be a cruel game as they conceded to draw the game 2-2. It was certainly the team's most impressive performance of the season and a well earned point in the league!

Friendly Fixture: Bournes Green 0-6 West Leigh

To produce such an emphatic victory, every member of the team needed to be at their best and they certainly were in this fixture. The team ensured that they were not complacent and continued battling until the final whistle. Aside from the result, we were so impressed with the sportsmanship shown to the opposition and referee. Well done, team West Leigh!

Santa Dash

There was great Christmas excitement today as the children ran their daily mile with Enzo the Elf. Wearing their festive hats whilst exercising to the music, Christmas had certainly arrived on the playground of West Leigh!

PE Provider of the Year Runners Up

West Leigh Junior School was nominated for 'Education Provider of the Year in PE' for 2023. The school was nominated and finished in the runners up position due to the positive experiences and opportunities provided to the children in sport and PE. Mr Markham and Miss Fletcher attended the Active Essex awards ceremony on Thursday to celebrate some truly inspiring sporting successes in Essex.

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 3.45pm, on Tuesday 19th December, the combined choirs invite you to listen to carols on the playground when we will be collecting for HARP.

Christmas Dinner Day: On Wednesday 13th December, the children are invited to come to school wearing a Christmas jumper, as well as non-uniform (and a Christmas hat/festive head-wear if they wish). Please be aware that if you have not already ordered Christmas dinner for your child, they will need to bring a packed lunch on this day.

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.

School Street: Southend Council have overruled any objections to School Street so it will be a permanent road feature, from December 8th.

Admission Consultations - 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.

Class Parties: Please note that the children will wear their normal school uniform during their class Christmas parties.

Dinner Menu

Week 2

Monday - Homemade Tomato and Vegetable Wholemeal Pasta Bake - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Granary Baguette with Cheese - Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Jam Doughnuts

Tuesday - All Day Breakfast (Sausage, Beans, Hash Brown) - Vegetarian All Day Breakfast (Vegetarian Sausage, Beans, Hash Brown) - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruity Flapjack

Wednesday - CHRISTMAS DINNER DAY - Roast Chicken & Chipolata sausage or Roast Quorn & Vegetarian Sausage - Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings & Mixed Vegetables - Chocolate Iced Cake with Chocolate Custard or Fruit and a drink carton. Cracker included.


Thursday - Homemade Mild Chili Con Carne - Homemade Mild Vegetable and 5 Bean Chilli Con Carne - Jacket Potato (Choose from Baked Beans, Cheese, Tuna Mayo) - Rice and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Biscuit

Friday - 100% Fish Fingers - Vegetable and Cheese Bake - Granary Baguette with Salmon and Sweetcorn - Potato Puffs, Sweetcorn / Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yogurt or Ice Cream

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

December 2023

  • 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/non-uniform
  • 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
  • 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
  • Friday 26th - Year 3 Disco

February 2024

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

  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • 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 and Friday 19th - 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.


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, 3L achieved the best attendance with 96.67% .


Sports Awards will return 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

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

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