West Leigh Juniors Weekly News Week ending 12th november 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

What a full and eventful week this has been! Obviously, one of the main events that occurred was the two-day Ofsted inspection of the school on Tuesday and Wednesday by a team of three inspectors. The report of the outcome from their visit will be published in a few weeks but we would like to say thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive responses you submitted to them via the Parent View portal. The inspectors were really impressed by the children, their behaviours and their attitudes and they all did themselves great credit. The staff worked extremely hard during the inspection (as they always do) and we are all looking forward to a relaxing weekend to recover.

When we do return after the weekend it will be Anti-Bullying Week and the children will be carrying out activities and learning opportunities around this year's theme of 'One Kind Word'. The start of Anti-Bullying Week is marked by "Odd Socks Day" on Monday. This is an opportunity for people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique. The day sends an important message that we should all be allowed to be ourselves free from bullying and helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way. All the children (and staff) have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school; it couldn’t be simpler. We look forward to seeing on the wacky sock combinations on Monday morning!

Monday to Wednesday after school there will be the re-arranged learning conferences with your child's teacher. Thank you so much for your understanding when we obviously had to postpone them at the 11th hour last week due to the notice of the inspection received on Monday. Can we just please remind you that we request you wear a face covering whilst you are in the school building and also that you leave as swiftly as you can following your meetings with the teachers to reduce congestion. Please note that there is no 'Book Look' on Tuesday due to the learning conferences taking place.

Also this week, we see our first presentations to parents and carers since 2019 when Year 5 present their performance poetry pieces on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the dining hall. They are then followed by 'Children in Need' on Friday when the children can come in to school not wearing uniform; just no sports outfits please! Any donations the children would like to bring in towards fundraising for Children in Need will be most welcome.

So it's yet another busy week at West Leigh Juniors coming up. We hope that you, your families (and our staff) have an extremely relaxing weekend, if that is at all possible.

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

Year 3 have had another enjoyable week. The Battle of the Bands was hotly contested but 3G were again victorious. Our focus in English was shape poems and the children thoroughly enjoyed reading and creating their own, linked to the woodland story they wrote in the first half term. Further development regarding the children’s understanding of multiplication and division was practised during maths lessons. In science we investigated which would be the most suitable rock for the surface of the playground which caused some heated discussions. We continued the learning about different religious festivals in our RE lesson. To deepen their understanding of Eid, the children were asked to create their own Mehndi patterns on gloves. In design and technology sessions, the children began the design process for their carrier for an injured animal by deconstructing boxes and investigating nets.

Year 3 design and technology learning in action!

Year 4

Year 4 have been introduced to a range of genres in English this week and the children have focused on one in particular – science fiction – in their learning this week. They have begun to analyse features of these stories and the children have started to plan stories around them. In maths, our focus has now shifted towards multiplication and division with an emphasis on the written methods for both of these operations. Year 4 have continued learning about the digestive system in science this week and there has been a lot of excitement across all of the classrooms with children making models of their teeth using mirrors and marshmallows! Finally, in Connected Curriculum, the children have been completing their Awesome Art Week work whilst also starting new topic work based around either design and technology or geography, depending on their class.

Year 5

Many of you will know that we have had some unexpected visitors this week but as usual, our Year 5 children have ‘done us proud!’ We have started a new project in design technology and the children were given a design brief to analyse. Our task was to design and make a watery themed toy incorporating a cam mechanism. Of course we needed to do our research first, find out how a cam mechanism works and where we can find examples in real life. We have also been perfecting our performance poetry and took the opportunity to get together as a year group to practise our performances. Each class gave constructive feedback and points for improvement. We very much look forward to seeing you next week as part of our audience: Tuesday for the parents and carers of 5B and 5M and Thursday for the parents and carers of 5K and 5J. We will start our performances at 2pm so please arrive for 1:50. We will be using the entrance into the dining hall on Ronald Hill Grove. Current restrictions do not permit us to provide refreshments after the presentations so we ask that you leave the dining hall as quickly as you can following the poetry recitals and then come back to collect the children at the usual time.

Year 6

The week for Year 6 was not entirely what we had expected as we were anticipating that we would get to meet many parents and carers at the learning conferences; we will have to wait until next week to enjoy that opportunity instead. In English this week, creativity has been to the fore as the pupils developed imaginative detail and sophisticated links within the planning of their chosen fictional character’s biography. In layered reading, the children have journeyed even further into the complex narrative web of their book and considered the impact of the events on the potential dreams of the central character. As mathematicians, they have deepened their understanding and knowledge of how to manipulate mathematical diagrams to calculate area and perimeter. Connected Curriculum has once again brought excitement as the children practised and refined a range of technical sewing skills. In terms of their personal development, they have discussed with great maturity many ultimate questions in RE and also reflected upon the nine protected characteristics that comprise the Equality Act 2010. Above all, however, we would like to extend our thanks to all of the Year 6 pupils who behaved impeccably and showcased the year group in the best possible light whether that was in lessons or when they spoke directly with the OFSTED inspectors during their visit. They were so articulate and enthusiastic about their life experiences at West Leigh that it was an absolute privilege to have them sharing on behalf of the school community.

Science Club

The children in Year 3 and 4 have had a fantastic time in science club over the last six weeks. They have been given the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. They particularly enjoyed the skittle experiment, where we learnt about dissolving! Here are a selection of photographs which show some of the experiments and investigations. We look forward to Year 5 and 6 science club starting on 25th November.

Science Club
Science Club
Science Club

Dinner Menu

Week Two

Monday - Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bap - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans - Baguette with Tuna and Sweetcorn - Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Low sugar doughnut.

Tuesday - Sausage toad in the hole - Vegetarian sausage toad in the hole - Jacket potato with baked beans - Saute potatoes, vegetable selection and salad bar - Fruit Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit shortbread.

Wednesday - Traditional Roast Pork with Apple Sauce - Mediterranean Vegetable Fajitas - Baguette with Egg Mayonnaise, Roast Potatoes, Vegetable Selection and Salad Bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Flapjack.

Thursday - Homemade Beef Spaghetti bolognese - Vegetable and Lentil bolognese - Jacket Potato with cheese - Vegetable selection - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Chocolate Sponge.

Friday - Chicken nuggets - Veggie Fingers - Cold salmon and sweetcorn pasta salad with garlic bap - Waffles, baked beans and salad bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Ice cream.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics


  • Monday 15th - Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week
  • Learning Conferences
  • Tuesday 16th - 2pm - 5M and 5S Poetry Performance to parents/carers - Dining Hall
  • PM Y5/6 Girls football at Essex finals
  • No Book Look
  • 3G Learning Conferences
  • Wednesday 17th - PM Y5 Science roadshow
  • Learning Conferences
  • Thursday 18th - AM Y3/4 Dodgeball at Thorpe Hall
  • 2pm - 5J and 5K Poetry Performance to parents/carers - Dining Hall
  • Friday 19th - Children in Need: non-uniform day
  • Y5/6 Football at Len Forge
  • Tuesday 23rd - Year 3 Book Look
  • 1.45pm Y3 and Y4 RSE talk for parents/carers
  • 2.20pm Y5 RSE talk for parents/carers
  • Wednesday 24th - AM Y5/6 (B) Dodgeball at Garons Park
  • PM Y5/6 (A) Dodgeball at Garons Park
  • PM Y5 Science roadshow
  • Thursday 25th - AM 4R Coastal schools
  • Week beginning Monday 29th - Whole class Aqua Swim sessions
  • Tuesday 30th - Year 6 Book Look
  • 1.45pm Y6 RSE talk for parents/carers


  • Wednesday 1st - PM Y5 Science roadshow
  • Friday 3rd - Y3 @ Colchester Zoo
  • Week beginning Monday 6th - Friday 9th - Whole class Fun Swim sessions
  • Tuesday 7th - Evening - Christmas Celebration
  • Year 5 Book Look
  • Wednesday 8th - AM 4B Coastal schools
  • Y6 w/Young Shakespeare Company
  • PM Y5 Science roadshow
  • Tuesday 14th - Year 4 Book Look
  • Wednesday 15th - School Christmas Lunch
  • Monday 20th - Monday 3rd January - CHRISTMAS BREAK

January 2022

Tuesday 4th - Children return to school

Don't forget to check out our new online bookshop here.



  • 3E - Miss Bowes
  • 3T - Mrs Thompson/Mrs Mitchinson
  • 4B - Mr Boylan


  • 3N - Mrs Bemister
  • 5S - Mr Buchan
  • 5J - Mrs Wilson


  • 3G - Mrs Garrett/Mrs Aggus
  • 4L - Mr Loveridge
  • 4R - Mr Markham


  • 5K - Miss Chapman
  • 5M - Mrs Millham


  • 6W - Mr Dunn
  • 6F - Miss Fletcher
  • 4D - Mr Dammery
  • 6P - Miss Poysden
  • 6A - Mrs Nash/Mrs Carr


We had just one class with 100% attendance today which was 5M and, in assembly this morning, we all got to see and hear their fantastic interpretation of the song 'Hall of Fame' by The Script. It had such a positive and affirming message and I think there were a few adults with moist eyes around the hall as we watched and listened.


Citizen of the Week - Stanley Bear and the citizen trophy were awarded to Hetty Hayes (6A) for her commitment to collecting food parcels for the homeless. What a thoughtful person you are, Hetty.

Sports Performer of the Week - Mitchell Glasson (6A)

Most Improved in PE - Violette Levy in (5S)

Congratulations to all of them!

Pegasus flying high once again!

1st Pegasus 43 points

2nd Centicore 42 points

3rd Wyvern 41 points

4th Phoenix 34 points

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