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West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 6th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

It was wonderful to see so many of you at this week's Year Group Curriculum meetings which I'm sure you will have found useful.

For any other queries or questions you might have, feel free to check the school website or drop us an email. Please be aware, however, that although we will endeavour to reply within 24/48 hours, school can be an incredibly busy environment where our first concern is for the children in front of us, not our computer screen.

We will answer queries, but sometimes it takes a little while so we cannot guarantee an instant reply. Phoning us a couple of hours after an email has been sent, merely wastes time as we may already be dealing with your query.

Wishing you all a good weekend,

Best wishes

Cheryl Woolf

Executive Headteacher

Year 3

There was much excitement this week as all four classes visited Belfairs Woods. The children enjoyed completing a nature hunt whilst also gathering many interesting items to use for their artwork next week. The children all listened attentively and behaved exceptionally well throughout the morning.

We would like to extend our thanks again to those parents who gave up their mornings to accompany us as without your support, these opportunities would not be possible.

Our English lessons this week have focused on the book ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl.' This is a beautiful book that tells the story of Mary Anning and her curiosities. We began by making predictions based on the front cover and the first page. The children went on to look at real fossils, writing detailed descriptions that captured their majestic nature as viewed by Mary Anning.

Money, money, money has been the focus in maths this week. The children began by looking at coins and notes, recognising all the currency used in England. The children used the money to create given amounts in different ways using different selections of coins. This enabled them to use a number line to count on and calculate change.

In science, the children looked at the x-rays of different animals, focusing on the different types of skeleton. They were able to sort animals into endoskeleton, exoskeleton and membrane.

Connected Curriculum lessons have been all about the changes from Palaeolithic hunter- gatherers to Neolithic farmers and how this lead to humans forming small settlements, with each member playing their part in the running of the community. We linked this to our school driver and how we view our school community as one that relies on each of us to do the little things everyday that help our school work as a whole.

Thank you to all those of you who came to the Year 3 Curriculum Meeting on Thursday. Hopefully this has given you a clear overview of the learning that is covered in Year 3 as well as all the fantastic opportunities available to them. If you feel you would like to volunteer to support Year 3 this year by but didn’t manage to take a form, please contact the school office.

We wish you a very pleasant and restful weekend with your families - enjoy the sunshine on Saturday, as we are sure the weather will soon realise it is now October and will be turning a little more to its usual temperature.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

4B had a wonderful start to their week with a visit to the local beach as part of our Coastal Schools offering. The children were tasked with exploring the coastal environment including the beach and the waterfront and were asked to find evidence of a range different items including natural and man-made.

Coastal Exploration

Miss Fletcher, who leads our Coastal School sessions, was impressed with the children's skills and behaviour. Many thanks to the parents who accompanied us, allowing the children to widen their learning experiences. outside of the classroom. The remaining classes in the year group are thoroughly looking forward to their upcoming trips.

In English lessons this week, the children have worked hard to sharpen their journalistic skills ready to write their own report next week. They have explored the features of newspaper reports and had fun finding examples within our collection of First News editions, considering the reason for their inclusion. They also reviewed their knowledge and understanding of past and present tense, focusing in particular on irregular verbs and how these change between present and past tense. Using their knowledge of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, they were asked to consider which key figures might have been quoted.

Halloween also came early this week when the children were confronted with the skulls of different types of animals. They categorised each skull according to whether they were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, justifying their choices. Our Connected Curriculum lessons also verged on the macabre, as the children experienced what it might have been like to be an embalmer in Ancient Egypt! No humans or animals were harmed during our learning although Tutankhatomato experienced the entire process, being cut up, disembowelled and covered in natron. Later in the year, we will review if our embalming and preserving process was a success!!

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

We cannot believe how quickly the term is whizzing by! Each and every day, the children impress us with their attitude and commitment to their work and learning. They have completed their narrative stories based on The Ridge and are very much looking forward to publishing and reading their stories to other children. To practise, we have rehearsed reading our stories aloud, focusing on using expression to entice and captivate an audience.

In maths, the children are continuing to develop their skills in order to accurately multiply and divide.

In Connected Curriculum, we focused on a historical enquiry and learnt how to question whether evidence is rich, reliable and relevant. Can your child explain the meaning of these three words in the context of exploring historical evidence? We linked our enquiry around the events of Pompeii to enhance our understanding of our topic, Fragile Earth.

As scientists, the children have been exploring the significant work of Sir Isaac Newton as they continue their studies on forces. Exploring his life, the children presented key facts and discovered about his three laws of gravity.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6

English: Fine-Tuning Our War-Based Narratives

As writers, the pupils have worked diligently to complete and improve their war-based narratives. They have edited and modified these to enhance their storytelling skills. The stories have evolved into captivating accounts of wartime experiences, demonstrating creativity and attention to detail.

Mathematics: Exploring Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

In Mathematics, a new unit has begun, focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. This unit provides our Year 6 students with a comprehensive understanding of these fundamental concepts. They are refining and extending their skills, with opportunities to tackle increasingly complex problems. Additionally, they have faced further problems, applying their understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions

Connected Curriculum: Investigating who suffered most during WWII

Our Connected Curriculum continues to foster critical thinking and research skills. The pupils prepared presentations based on their research about who suffered the most during World War II. This thought-provoking task has encouraged them to explore the multi-faceted aspects of history, delve into primary and secondary sources, and develop persuasive arguments.

Art: Exploring Linear Perspective in WWII-Themed Artwork

In art, the children have embarked on an exciting journey, building upon their knowledge of linear perspective. They are incorporating this technique into their artwork, creating pieces that relate to the Second World War. This combination of historical context and artistic expression has allowed them to explore new dimensions in their creative work.

Science: Applying Knowledge of Switches to Imaginative Circuits

In science, they have been applying their knowledge of switches to practical use by designing imaginative circuits. They were tasked with creating innovative ideas to control components in a range of circuits. This hands-on exploration not only deepened their understanding of electrical circuits but also encouraged their inventiveness and problem-solving skills.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 6 Boys' Parish Cup Fixture v Grove Wood

The 2023/24 football season is officially up and running - and in very dramatic fashion! The Year 6 members of our football squad competed against Grove Wood in the Parish Cup and it was a thrilling match. After conceding early in the first half, West Leigh showed great resilience and responded quickly to equalise. The match eventually finished 1-1 and the teams still couldn't be separated in extra time! The match had to be settled on penalties. After some excellent penalty kicks and two brilliant saves from goalkeeper, Max Bishop, West Leigh were victorious and are through to the next round.

Well done to the whole squad and thank you to the parents who showed their support for the team!

Inspirational Person

This half term's inspirational person is not particularly famous but they embody our new curriculum driver of 'it's the little things that count.' Abigail Lupi was just ten years old when she visited her grandmother in a nursing home to celebrate her birthday. Whilst there, Abigail noticed that many of the residents were lonely. As a result, she set up 'CareGirlz' - a group of young children who visited care homes and performed shows and plays for the residents. She won several awards for her work within her local community. The children within her organisation made their own costumes and choreographed their own dances, giving up hours of their time to help the elderly people in nursing homes. Something small that Abigail noticed and acted upon has had a huge impact on the lives of many - the little things really do count!

The Showbie challenge for this half term can be found in the 'Inspirational People' Showbie folder. See below for some great examples of last half term's challenge, where children created their own art work in the style of Stephen Wiltshire. We didn't quite manage our own London alphabet, but we came close!

For this challenge, we would like the children to create their own idea for a charity in our local area. Who would it be for and why? What would they do to help? Children should post their ideas in the comment box - we look forward to reading all of the children's ideas!

Book Looks

Our popular 'Book Looks' are now taking place on Tuesday afternoons, between 3.30pm and 3.45pm. These are a great opportunity for you to pop into school to look at your child's work. Please refer to the calendar below for the date of each session:

  • Tuesday 10th October - Year 4
  • Tuesday 31st October - Year 3
  • Tuesday 7th November - Year 6
  • Tuesday 14th November - Year 5
  • Tuesday 21st November - Year 4
  • Tuesday 28th November - Year 3

When all the children have vacated the school, please enter through the front of the building before heading to your child's classroom.

Hot Topics

Please be aware of the following section on our website which will provide answers to many of your questions: https://www.westleighjunior.co.uk/hot-topics

Volunteers Needed

If you are able to spare some time either before school or at the end of the school day to man our School Street barrier, we would be extremely grateful - even if it is just one session per week.

If you believe you might be able to spare some time, please contact Mrs Robertson in the school office.

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 - Traditional Roast Chicken with Yorkshire Pudding - Quorn in vegetable gravy with Yorkshire Pudding - Granary Baguette with Egg Mayonnaise - Roast Potatoes, Carrots / Peas and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Chocolate Cherry Cake

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

  • Monday 9th - Author Visit
  • Monday 9th - Year 5 & 6 Football (Wickford) 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th - Year 4 Book Look
  • Wednesday 11th - Year 5/6 B Tag Rugby Competition @ SRFC (all day)
  • Wednesday 11th - Oliver Jr! workshop (Year 6) 8am
  • Thursday 12th - Hollywood Bowl for selected children
  • Thursday 12th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 6) 3.30pm
  • Friday 13th - Year 5/6 Boys' Football Friendly @ Fairways - 4pm - 5pm
  • Friday 13th - Year 4 Disco from 6pm until 7.45pm (FOWLS)
  • Monday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Tuesday 17th - Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 18th - Coastal Schools (4S)
  • Wednesday 18th - Year 5/6 A Tag Rugby Competition @ SRFC (all day)
  • Thursday 19th - Learning Conferences
  • Friday 20th - INSET DAY
  • Friday 20th - Year 5/6 Girls' Football Competition @ Len Forge
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - HALF TERM
  • Monday 30th - 5F & 5K to Fields (1.45pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 31st - Coastal Schools (4B)
  • Tuesday 31st - Year 3 Book Look

November 2023

  • Wednesday 1st - Years 5/6 Basketball Competition @ Eastwood Academy (all day)
  • Wednesday 1st - Oliver Jr! Workshop (Year 4) @ 8am
  • Thursday 2nd - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 4) @ 3.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd - Cross Country @ Thorpe Hall - 9am - 12pm
  • Friday 3rd -Year 5 Disco from 6.45pm until 8.30pm (FOWLS)
  • Tuesday 7th - Coastal Schools (4S)
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 6 Netball V Alleyn Court (at West Leigh) 3.40pm - 4.40pm
  • Tuesday 7th - Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 8th - Oliver Jr! Workshop (Year 3) @ 8am
  • Thursday 9th - Oliver Jr! Auditions (Year 3) @ 3.30pm
  • Friday 10th - Flu Vaccinations
  • Friday 10th - Year 5/6 Boys' Football @ Len Forge (9.30am - 2.45pm)
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 3/4 Test Week
  • Tuesday 14th - Young Shakespeare Company (Year 6)
  • Tuesday 14th - Year 5 Book Look
  • Wednesday 15th - Year 3/4 Dodgeball Competition @ Garons
  • Thursday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Friday 17th - Children in Need
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Test Week - All Year Groups
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4B & 4E)
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Book Look
  • Wednesday 22nd - Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition B/C @ Garons (9am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 22nd - Year 5/6 Dodgeball Competition A @ Garons (12.15pm - 3.30pm)
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 3 trip to Barleylands - 9am - 3pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4G & 4S)
  • Friday 24th - Science Quiz Club Area Heat
  • Monday 27th - Year 6 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 3 Book Look
  • Tuesday 28th - Year 5 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Wednesday 29th - Boccia Competition @ Garons (9.30am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 29th - Kurling Competition @ Garons (12.15pm - 2.45pm)
  • Wednesday 29th - Year 4 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Cosatal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 30th - Year 3 Christmas Decoration Morning

December 2023

  • Friday 1st - Christmas Foodbank Collection
  • Monday 11th - Carol Concert rehearsal @ St. Margaret's Church (9am - 12pm)
  • Tuesday 12th - Carol Concert @ St. Margaret's Church (7pm - 8pm)
  • Wednesday 13th - Christmas Dinner
  • Monday 18th - Year 4 Christmas Party
  • Thursday 21st - Non Uniform Day
  • Thursday 21st - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

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 - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Thursday

4E

  • Indoor PE - Monday
  • Outdoor PE - Wednesday

4G

  • Indoor PE - Tuesday
  • 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 3L, 4E and 5K who all achieved 100% attendance this week.

Awards

Our awards will be back next week.