West Leigh Juniors Weekly News 10th noVEMBER 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the excitement from the workshops and auditions for Oliver! Jr. settles, we want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible efforts and talents displayed by our pupils over the past six weeks. The enthusiasm and energy from pupils across all year groups was truly inspiring, creating a joyful and positive atmosphere in our school community.

We witnessed a tremendous amount of hard work as they dedicated themselves to showcasing their talents. Their commitment extended beyond the workshops and auditions, with many children investing time at home to perfect their audition pieces. The support they provided to each other during the audition sessions exemplified the strong sense of camaraderie that exists among West Leigh pupils and staff.

The progress made in understanding the drama of the lyrics was evident in the sincere and enthusiastic auditions we witnessed. We are hugely proud of each and every pupil for their dedication to and , in many cases, stepping outside their comfort zones by choosing to audition.

Today, the company for Oliver! Jr. was revealed and we fully understand that there may be a range of emotions among our pupils. To those who secured a spot in the cast, congratulations! Your hard work has paid off, and we look forward to seeing you shine on stage. To those who were not successful this time, we want you to know that the standard of auditions was exceptionally high, and the decision-making process was undoubtedly challenging.

Auditioning is a courageous and nerve-racking task, and we were genuinely impressed by the bravery and skill displayed by all. Regardless of the outcome, every child should take immense pride in the accomplishment of simply putting themselves through the audition process. It takes courage to take that step, and we want to acknowledge and celebrate that bravery.

Mr Dunn and Mrs Garrett

Year 3

In our English lessons, we have been writing in character as Dugs, from our layered reading book ‘Ug Boy Genius Of The Stone Age’. The children began by creating an emotion graph for each of the events throughout the day and were able to identify how Dugs was feeling at each point. They were also able to look at each event from Ug’s perspective and completed a frustration grid to compare the two characters' feelings. They explored how the characters' intentions were not to hurt each other’s feelings but often the way in which something is said can make all the difference. This linked to our driver of ‘It’s the little things that count’ by considering how we speak to each other and the delivery of our words to ensure they don’t hurt someone’s feelings. The children ended the week by publishing their diary entries, presenting a final piece of work whilst practising their very best handwriting.

A big well done to 3L for winning the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ competition on TTRS - they have obviously been working hard to learn their times tables. Those children that proved to be the three most valued players in each class also received certificates in the Lower School Assembly this week. Continue to practise using TTRS and the games that the children have been learning in class.

Connected Curriculum has been focused on design technology this week. The children designed a Stone Age shelter following a design brief and ensured it was labelled with all the materials they will need to to build it. Some of the children even drew additional designs from other angles such as the bird’s eye view. In history lessons they researched prehistoric inventions such as the wheel and bread. 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you and your families tomorrow at the FOWLS Christmas Fayre - thank you for your support with donations. We hope you manage to find some time to rest this weekend as next week will be busy with our autumn assessments beginning on Monday.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 4

In Year 4, we have behaved a little more theatrically than usual as the children have been practising their lines in readiness for their presentation. They have also had time to work on their Sci-Fi stories, incorporating both their alien and the alternative world in which they live. Great excitement was also had when the children explored different ways for the alien to come to Earth including through worm-holes, teleportation and even via magic, black slime! With their plans in place, the children demonstrated their knowledge of the genre and figurative language to amuse, entertain and shock!

In maths, we have been focusing on fractions. The children have reviewed the language of fractions, building upon the knowledge they gained in earlier years. Finding equivalent fractions posed a challenge for many but use of fraction walls and careful application of their tables and division facts enabled them to consolidate their understanding.

Our science topic this half term focuses on sound. This week, the children considered volume and through a variety of tests, discovered that sound travels in waves. The larger the waves, the more energy they produce which means more vibrations and therefore a greater volume. It was, as we are sure you can imagine, a fun but rather noisy lesson.

In our Connected Curriculum lessons this week, three classes honed their geographical skills. Looking at a variety of globes and atlases, the children were able to locate and name the continents and seas of planet Earth. They also discovered links between mathematical and geographical language, including sphere and hemisphere. They learnt about the main lines of longitude and latitude, including the equator, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Prime Meridian and how these lines help travellers and explorers. 4B also enjoyed using the Lego WeDo. They were set the task of constructing a robot to enter a tomb on a reconnaissance mission. Once built, they were tasked with programming the robot to carry out certain tasks including moving, making sound and activating lights.

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5

In English this week, Year 5 have been working on the story of ‘The Great Wave of Plastic.’ We have learnt about the problem of plastic in the oceans and using our layered reading book, ‘The Great Wave’ as a stimulus, have considered how the problem of plastic being washed up on the beaches might be resolved. We have started to plan and write our resolutions.

In maths, we have been ordering decimals and are learning about percentages. We aim to apply this to problem-solving in real life contexts.

Our Connected Curriculum work has involved an analysis of Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave.’ We have started to work on a colour study as we are building up skills to use in our own versions of this iconic image.

5K and 5F had a successful visit to Belfair’s fields on Monday and would like to thank their parent helpers. We have our fingers crossed for good weather next week!

Year 6

In our science lessons, we conducted investigations to understand how light behaves when it interacts with different surfaces. We explored the concept of light reflection and its practical applications, such as the impact of reflectors. Through hands-on experiments and observations, Year 6 gained insights into how light reflects off varied surfaces and the significance of reflectors in enhancing visibility and safety.

In English, students authored their own reports, delving into the remarkable stories of animals during World War II. The content of these reports proved to be both engaging and fascinating, as students passionately shared their discoveries about the roles and contributions of animals in this historical context. Their enthusiasm for the subject matter was evident in the depth and quality of their reports.

In our Connected Curriculum, the students embarked on an exploration of puppets, considering a multitude of aspects related to design, materials, and manufacturing. This unique project brought about great engagement, despite the unusual classroom situation with numerous puppets in the room. They delved into the creative process of puppet design and construction, sparking their imagination and hands-on learning.

Letters sent home this week:

SPSSA Football Tournament

On Monday 6th November, our girls’ football team played in the Southend Primary School Sports Association Girls' Football Tournament at Len Forge. They played six competitive matches across the day.

The day started with three games, each lasting 10 minutes one way. For some of the team, this was their first time playing competitive football. The team demonstrated strong attacking and defending skills in all three matches, scoring a couple of goals however, all the games in the group stage finished as a draw.

  • West Leigh 0-0 St Mary’s
  • West Leigh 1-1 Bournemouth Park
  • West Leigh 1-1 Friars

The team had done enough to make it through to the super eights as runners up of the group. They then had three more games to play. They worked very hard in each of these games with some great attacking opportunities, incredible saves from our goalkeeper and clearances from our defenders. Unfortunately, we lost all three games.

  • West Leigh 0-6 Bournes Green
  • West Leigh 0-4 Prince Avenue
  • West Leigh 0-2- Chalkwell

Despite the results, the team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the opportunity to play competitive football against other schools. The girls did an incredible job and learnt a lot as a team, improving their confidence and team work.

Team Challenge - 'It's the Little Things That Count'

This year's curriculum driver is all about taking care of the little things. Once we had organised the school into teams, we asked the children to really consider what they could do in school to help each other and the school community - doing the 'little things' that really add up and make a big difference. The children came up with some fantastic suggestions. Working within their house teams, they created art work in the style of Keith Haring to visually show what these little things would look like around school. This art work will be used throughout the year to help us promote the little things!

Every three weeks, we will focus on a different 'little thing'. For the next three weeks, children and adults will be trying even harder than usual to pick up after themselves and each other. Whether that is putting litter in the bins, picking up rubbish from the floor, or helping someone with an item they have dropped - we will all be working to ensure that this little thing is done really well around the school.

Year 4 Boys' Football

Two Year 4 football teams battled the wind and rain on Thursday in some friendly matches against Chalkwell. Despite it being the first time the boys had played as a team, they were all magnificent!

Team 1 competed in an enthralling 0-0 draw. Both teams were desperate for a winning goal but a draw was a fair result. Team 2 won their match 0-6 with some great attacking plays on the pitch! Well done to all the children and thank you to the parents for their support in the rain!

Netball Match V. Alleyn Court

On Tuesday, our Year 6 girls played a friendly netball match against Alleyn Court. This was our first competitive game so the girls were both excited and nervous. All members of our after school club were able to play and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Online Safety

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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 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.

Community Contributions

The School Council are in the process of remodelling our Citizen of the Week Award so that it aligns with this year's Curriculum Driver - "It's the Little Things..."

We would still like to celebrate all the amazing contributions made to the community and the charitable efforts of the children so will introduce a regular slot on our weekly newsletter to share these.

Please email any 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.

Wanted: Handbags!

As part of our lunchtime play provision, we would love to gather a selection of bags, purses and handbags for the children to use in their pretend play. If you have any at home that you are able to donate, please take these to the school office for the attention of Mrs London. Thank you for your continued support with improving play at lunchtimes.

Changes to Tuck

The tuck shop is very popular with the children at West Leigh and is busy every day! We have had to make some small changes to what we are able to offer due to increased restrictions from the government regarding the amount of sugar in snacks. We have also found it very difficult to source pre-made products that are completely nut-free.

As a result, tuck shop will now offer:

  • plain rice cakes
  • plain popcorn
  • pick'n'mix fruit cups
  • fresh fruit and smoothies
  • low sugar milkshakes (Fridays only)

All items are priced between 20p and 60p.

Children can also bring in a snack from home if they wish. We encourage children to bring in healthy snacks full of vitamins and minerals and containing no added salt, fat or sugar. Many of these will help contribute to their five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, keep them alert and help them concentrate.

​If you are intending to send in healthy snacks with your child, please limit them to the list below:

  • fresh or dried fruit or vegetables
  • plain rice cakes
  • bread sticks/pitta bread/oat cakes/crackers
  • plain popcorn
  • hummus
  • cheese
  • yoghurt

No chocolate, sweets, cereal bars, cake bars/cakes, pastries or crisps are permitted. All snacks sent into school must be nut free.

Children in Need

A reminder that next Friday (17th November) will be a non-uniform day, to raise money for Children in Need. Please be aware that the children have been asked not to wear football shirts.

Key Notices this Week:

Missed Tennis Sessions: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this week's morning tennis sessions for Years 3 and 4, were cancelled. To compensate for these missed sessions, there will be an extra session on Monday 18th December at 8am for Year 3 and Tuesday 19th December for Year 4.

New Date for Thorpe Hall Cross-Country Competition: We are still awaiting a new date from Thorpe Hall for when this cross-country event will be rearranged. As soon as we receive any information, we will let you know.

We are Hiring: Please use the following links from the Essex Schools website to see our current vacancies:

MDA Position at West Leigh


Assistant Principal and SENDCO


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

November 2023

  • Saturday 11th - FOWLS Christmas Fayre - 12pm - 3pm
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th - Year 3/4 Test Week
  • Tuesday 14th - Young Shakespeare Company (Year 6)
  • Tuesday 14th - Year 5 Book Look
  • Tuesday 14th - Year 6 Netball V St. Michael's 3.40pm - 4.40pm
  • Thursday 16th - Coastal Schools (4E)
  • Thursday 16th - Year 5 Football Friendly @ Chalkwell Park - 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 17th - Children in Need - non uniform day
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Test Week - All Year Groups
  • Tuesday 21st - Year 4 Presentation to Parents (4B & 4E) 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • 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) 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 5/6 Parish Cup Football 3.00pm - 4.15pm
  • Thursday 24th - Eco Christmas Jumper Swap
  • 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
  • Tuesday 28th - Netball @ Shoeburyness High 3.00 - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29th - Year 4 Christmas Decoration Morning
  • Thursday 30th - Coastal Schools (4G)
  • Thursday 30th - Year 3 Christmas Decoration Morning

December 2023

  • Friday 1st - Christmas Foodbank Collection
  • Friday 1st - Year 5/6 Basketball Finals 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 5th - Late Book Look 6pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 6th - Parent Play Session 10.15am - 10.45am
  • Thursday 7th - Visit to St. Vincent's Foodbank
  • Friday 8th - Santa Dash
  • 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 and Christmas jumpers
  • 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
  • Thursday 21st - Wednesday 3rd - Christmas Holidays

Future Dates:

January 2024

  • Tuesday 9th - Y3/4 RSE Parent Talk 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 11th - Sportshall Athletics @ Garons
  • Year 5 RSE Parent Talk
  • 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

  • Tuesday 13th - Year 5 Performance to parents from 2pm
  • Thursday 15th - Year 5 Performance to Parents from 2pm
  • Tuesday 27th - Late Book Look (6pm - 7pm)
  • Thursday 29th - Year 5 Transition Meeting to Parents from 7.30pm

March 2024

  • 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)

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 an impressive 100% .


Our most improved in sport award goes to Emily Rudd in 3T.

Our sports performer award goes to Maisie Webb in 5R.

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

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