West Leigh Juniors Weekly News Week ending 19th november 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

The busy weeks just keep coming and coming at WLJS. There was much to celebrate and enjoy again this week. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the Year 5 classes performed their choral poetry pieces to their parents and carers and they were absolutely fantastic. The whole school had the opportunity to watch them this morning in assembly and everyone was extremely impressed by the high-quality performances and professionalism. This is even more impressive when you realise that this cohort of children have never had the chance to perform in public in this way since joining the juniors in 2019.

Anti-Bullying Week started in great fashion on Monday with 'Odd Socks Day' and it was a lot of fun seeing all the different combinations of socks the children and staff were wearing, with many staff continuing to wear them during the learning conferences after school! Thank you to all of you who attended our learning conferences this week; we hope you found them informative. It was very uplifting to see so many parents and carers back in school again and to get the feeling that things are slowly getting a little bit more like they were pre-pandemic.

There were many sporting events taking place this week too, including our girls football team competing in the Essex finals, a netball match versus Alleyn Court and a dodgeball tournament for children in Years 3. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Next week brings 'No Pens Wednesday' to WLJS which is an annual day dedicated to speaking and understanding language that takes place in schools across the country. The children will be engaging with a wide range of exciting pens-free activities that will focus on their speaking and understanding skills. The children always really enjoy our 'No Pens' days. On Tuesday after school we resume our 'Book Look' with Year 3 parents and carers invited in to look at the children's work if they wish. The late 'Book Look' for parents and carers who are unable to make it into school at the end of a school day has been arranged for Tuesday November 30th 6.00 - 6.30pm.

Finally, just a reminder that if you would like to make a donation to the charities that the late Sir David Amess was involved with, we are very happy to receive them, Just put your cash into a sealed envelope marked 'Sir David Amess' and drop it into the school office. We will both be representing the school at Sir David's funeral service in Southend on Monday afternoon.

We wish you an excellent weekend and maybe you might want to spend a bit of time seeking out those gloves, hats and scarves that it looks like we are going to need towards the end of next week as some colder weather moves in!

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to see so many parents and carers this week and to share with you the successes the children have achieved so far since they joined us in Year 3. In English, we have been learning about instructional texts. The children have worked hard to locate the different types of instructions and their common features. There has also been a focus on adverbs where they have been introduced to the different ways these can be used to show how, when or where an action takes place. In maths we have linked our previous week's work on multiplication and division to fractions. Halves, quarters, fifths and thirds have been introduced and the children have investigated these within shapes and various different representations. Researching how fossils are created brought a lot of excitement to our science lessons this week and also some mess! Our carriers for an injured animal to link with our connected curriculum topic are progressing well, giving the children opportunities to practise measuring and cutting skills. REMINDER: The Year 3 RSE presentation with Mrs London is in the dining hall on Tuesday 1.45 - 2.15pm.

Year 4

Year 4 have been developing their understanding of science fiction texts in English this week and they have been showing excellent creativity by writing their own stories including aliens, spaceships and strange goo from outer space! The children have begun drawing links between their division knowledge and fractions in maths which has helped them to understand this challenging topic about parts of numbers and finding quantities of amounts. In science, Year 4 have continued an incredibly exciting (and revolting) investigation into the effects of different liquids on our teeth. Finally, the Connected Curriculum work focusing on design and technology or geography has continued with children designing and programming tomb-raiding robots or learning about the geography of Egypt. REMINDER: The Year 4 RSE presentation with Mrs London is in the dining hall on Tuesday 1.45 - 2.15pm.

Year 5

It has been another busy and enjoyable week in Year 5. We thank all parents and guardians who attended our poetry performances. It was a pleasure to see the children perform with such enthusiasm and confidence. The Thursday performance was filmed and will be viewable on the school website very soon. We have returned to following Lila’s progress in our layered reading book, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. Let’s just say things are really hotting up! The pupils have impressed us with their varied sentence structure and ambitious language when describing Lila’s journey into the grotto of the fire fiend. Our maths lessons have moved on to looking at statistics in which we have been analysing and interpreting line graphs. We are continuing to investigate simple machines in science, this week focusing on the use of gears and levers in the world around us. The children have also been developing their measuring and cutting skills as they begin to construct their cam toy designs. REMINDER: The Year 5 RSE presentation with Mrs London is in the dining hall on Tuesday 2.20 - 2.50pm.

Year 6

Following the busyness of last week, your six have followed it up with another busy week – there seems to be a pattern! In English, the pupils have been working hard to apply the features of biographical writing in their fictional texts, applying creativity along with technical grammatical skills including the use of varied adverbials and extended noun phrases to aid cohesion. As mathematicians, the focus has been upon further developing their understanding of how to calculate the area of triangles and also calculating the missing angles in increasingly complex problems. For many pupils, there is also the opportunity to prepare and familiarise themselves with the style of questioning used in the extremely challenging primary maths challenge which was completed by a large number of selected children on Wednesday. In science, learning has continued relating to light, although the most exciting aspect, as is to be expected, was having the opportunity to investigate and use their own torches. PE has also kept them busy as in gymnastics they have been challenging themselves to refine and extend their jumping skills (with many pupils eager to adapt their style to match that of a Marvel superhero). 6P and 6W have also been developing their tag rugby skills and this has brought much enjoyment and certainly kept them active.

Team Challenge

On Friday 12th November, everyone in the school moved to a different classroom to work with children from all year groups within their house team. This was the first team challenge for this year. This term's challenge was a complicated escape room task! Click here to see how they enjoyed the day.

Christmas Craft Club!

This week our new Christmas Craft Club, run by Ms. Bassett, began in upper school. Over the course of the next few weeks, the children will be creating their own magnificent table centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table. Click here to see how the children got on. 

Children In Need

Today saw the children commemorating Children in Need by having a non-uniform day in school. It was lovely to see so many bright colours around and many, MANY Pudsey ears! Thank you so much for your generous donations. We raised over £600 and that's not counting those contributions that were put into the infants' collecting buckets at the Ronald Hill Grove gate as the children arrived this morning!

What a lot of beaming smiles!
A few of the many Pudsey ears we saw today.
The children love a non-uniform day!

Dinner Menu

Week Three

Monday - Cheese and Tomato pizza - Jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn - Creamy cheese and vegetable bake with garlic bap - vegetable cous cous and salad bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Raspberry mousse.

Tuesday - Homemade creamy chicken and chickpea korma - Homemade vegetable and 5 bean chilli - Jacket potato with baked beans - Rice, vegetable selection and salad bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Lemon Shortbread.

Wednesday - Traditional Honey Glazed Roast Gammon - Ratatouille with garlic bap - Baguette with cheese - Roast potatoes, Vegetable Selection and Salad Bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Flapjack.

Thursday - Jumbo Pork Sausage in a Baguette - Vegetarian Sausage in Baguette - Tomato and Pepper Pasta Bake with Garlic Bap - Fried Onions, Coleslaw and Salad Bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Crumble & Custard.

Friday - 100% Fish Fingers, Jacket Potato with Cheese, Baguette with Salmon and Sweetcorn - Saute Potatoes, Baked Beans and Salad Bar - Fresh fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Jelly.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics


  • Tuesday 23rd - Year 3 Book Look
  • 1.45pm Year 3 and Year 4 RSE talk for parents/carers
  • PM Boys football @ Essex Finals
  • 2.20pm Year 5 RSE talk for parents/carers
  • Wednesday 24th - AM Years 5/6 (B) Dodgeball at Garons Park
  • PM Years 5/6 (A) Dodgeball at Garons Park
  • PM 5S Science roadshow
  • Thursday 25th - AM 4R Coastal schools
  • Friendly Basketball match at Hamstel 3pm
  • Week beginning Monday 29th - Whole class Aqua Swim sessions
  • Tuesday 30th - AM Year 4 Christmas decorations morning
  • Year 6 Book Look
  • 1.45pm Year 6 RSE talk for parents/carers
  • Flu Immunisations
  • 6.00 - 6.30 Late Book Look


  • Wednesday 1st - AM Year 6 Christmas decorations morning
  • PM Year 5 Science roadshow
  • Thursday 2nd - AM Year 3 and Year 5 Christmas decorations morning
  • Friday 3rd - Year 3 @ 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
  • Year 6 w/Young Shakespeare Company
  • PM Year 5 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

February 2022

  • Friday 11th - INSET Day
  • Monday 14th - Friday 18th - HALF TERM BREAK

March 2022

  • Thursday 3rd - Year 4 visit to Colchester Castle
  • Thursday 10th - Mary Poppins performances
  • Friday 11th - Mary Poppins performances
  • Saturday 12th - Mary Poppins performances
  • Monday 21st - Choirs at 'Southend Makes Music'

April 2022

  • Monday 4th - Monday 18th - Easter Break

May 2022

  • Monday 2nd - Bank Holiday Monday
  • Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th - Year 5 Danbury residential trip
  • Friday 22nd - INSET Day
  • Monday 30th - Friday 3rd June - Half Term

June 2022

  • Monday 6th - Bank Holiday
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Year 6 Ilam Hall Residential/Southend Week

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 5S. Due to the Year 5 poetry presentations in assembly this morning, we did not have time to watch their celebration video but we will definitely watch it next Friday. Well done, 5S!


Citizen of the Week - Olivia McArdle (4L) who spent a lot of her recent weekend litter-picking on Chalkwell Beach - with her own brand-new litter-picker! Great stuff, Olivia, in the spirit of CoP26!

Sports Performer of the Week -was shared between Elodie Bishop and Poppy Corstophine (6A)

Most Improved in PE - Stanley Care (3G)

Congratulations to all of them!


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