West Leigh Juniors Weekly News Week ending 22nd October 2021


Dear Parents/Carers

After just over seven weeks since returning to school in September, we have come to the end of a very full and exciting half term. As was said in today's virtual assembly and in the sections from the year groups in this newsletter, we all have been very impressed with the children and their attitude towards school and learning in this first part of the academic year. They have really been a credit to themselves and their families. Congratulations to them all.

Thank you so much to those of you who have shared kind words and positive responses to the letter we sent out to parents and carers yesterday about communication with school; they have been very much appreciated. Of course, we knew so many of you wholeheartedly support us in what we do, and appreciate that occasionally we do make a mistake, but it was heart-warming to get such lovely feedback. Could we please, once again, ask you to share that feedback in the short survey on the Ofsted Parent View page. We currently only have 8 responses on there which, we are sure you will agree, is not very many at all considering the number of children attending our school. It would be fantastic if we were able to capture more of your thoughts and feelings about the school via this brief questionnaire. We hope you can find a few moments to complete it. All you need to do is copy this address into your browser https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you access it via the link to it on the homepage of the school's website. Thank you so much.

As is our usual practice at the end of every half term, the teaching staff have met to review the curriculum and learning, and to discuss any alterations and changes that we might want to make before the start of the next half term. The outcome of this most recent review is that we intend to re-organise our maths groupings for after the half term break. You may therefore find that when your child returns to school on November 2nd, they may be in a different maths group with a different teacher. Please rest assured that all changes have been very carefully considered with what is best for the children at the very heart of any decision-making, guided and informed by the substantial professional knowledge that the current maths teachers have of the children in their groups.

Please note that the last day the children are in school this term is Friday 17th December and they return following the Christmas and New Year break on Tuesday 4th January.

It only remains for us to wish you and your families an excellent half term break, wherever you go, whatever you do. Just take care the children do not scare too many people if they are out trick or treating (if you partake in that)! We will see them all again on Tuesday November 2nd.

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

What an amazing and busy first half term we have had in Year 3. With a well-deserved break upon us all, we hope that the children will come back rested and ready to work as hard and behave as well as they have done in the previous seven weeks. We already have lots of interesting and varied lessons and activities we are excited to share with them on the countdown to Christmas. This week in maths the children have revisited their knowledge of time with regards to days, weeks and months. They have used tricks to help them recall the months that do and do not have 31 days and then secured their understanding of telling the time on an analogue clock. We would appreciate if you would continue to practise this over the half term. In science, we concluded our study of 'Animals including Human’s by putting the children's learning about the human skeleton and how it moves, to make a gripping hand out of cardboard, paper straws and string. On Thursday, they were full of enthusiasm to join the live lesson from The Natural History Museum to help Steve Backshall and some young palaeontologists solve a series of clues and catch an Evil Fossil Hunter before he managed to escape with a stolen artefact. The children have been excited to take part in their first Awesome Art project. They have been introduced to the work of John Constable where they discussed the realism in his work. They then honed their observation and drawing skills through discussion and focused critique, reviewing and revising their work to produce the most realistic leaf they could. The results have in so many cases been remarkable. We look forward to welcoming the children back full of renewed energy on 2nd November.

Year 4

Year 4 have been working hard in English this week to create class poem anthologies inspired by Ancient Egyptian gods. They have taken pride in their work and there has been a lot of enthusiasm across all of the classes. In maths, the children have been learning about geometry with a particular focus on angles within shapes. The final science lesson of the half term gave Year 4 an opportunity to demonstrate everything that they have learned about sound and the children have enjoyed creating informative posters. Finally, in Connected Curriculum, Year 4 have completed the painting and decoration of their clay canopic jars. They have also explored the importance of artefacts from Ancient Egypt and debated whether it is fair for people to move them around the world to be placed in a museum. It has been a busy half term and the Year 4 team have been very impressed with the children’s efforts over the last two months. We hope that everyone has a restful and enjoyable half term break.

Year 5

We have further explored the Anglo-Saxons and their language legacy in Connected Curriculum lessons. The pupils were set the task of finding and recording place names of Anglo-Saxon and Viking origin. From here, some classes looked at the weaving process. This will form part of an art project after the half term break. We have completed our study into air resistance in science. All classes thoroughly enjoyed testing their various parachute designs before drawing conclusions on the effectiveness of the different materials and shapes used. In maths, we have been exploring the use of tree diagrams as a logical reasoning strategy. Pupils were encouraged to list down key information and take a systematic approach. In English this week, the children completed a final draft of their exciting and informative news reports. We now move on to performance poetry, and in the first two weeks after half term, each class will be learning and practising a separate poem in preparation for performances on the 16th and 18th November. Spellings have not been set for the half-term break, but we do encourage children to learn their class poems by heart. These have been sent home, but can also be found on your child’s Showbie page.

Year 6

In the final week of this half term, despite the tiring nature of the past couple of months, the pupils have worked remarkably well as they have been completing assessments for maths and English. We have been impressed with the level of concentration and effort and they should be proud of their achievements. In Connected Curriculum, there was much interest when learning about the fascinating topic of propaganda from both a British and German point of today. As artists, they also have had the opportunity to develop their painting technique, building upon the skills they have learned in recent weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work this term and we hope that they have a restful and enjoyable half-term break.

Dinner Menu

Week Three

Monday - Cheese & tomato pizza with tortilla chips - Jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn - Creamy cheese and vegetable bake with garlic bap - Vegetable couscous and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or raspberry mousse

Tuesday -Homemade creamy chicken and chick pea korma - Homemade vegetable and five 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 a baguette - Tomato and pepper pasta bake with garlic bap - Fried onions, coleslaw and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or fruit crumble and custard.

Friday - 100% fish fingers - Jacket potato with cheese - Baguette with salmon and sweetcorn - Sauté potatoes, baked beans and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or fruity jelly.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics


  • Monday 1st - INSET DAY
  • Tuesday 2nd - Year 5 Book Look
  • Thursday 4th - AM Tag Rugby at SRFC
  • Friday 5th - Y6 height & weight check
  • Monday 8th - Learning conferences (except 3G)
  • Tuesday 9th - AM 4L Coastal schools
  • No Book Look
  • 3G Learning conferences
  • Wednesday 10th - Learning conferences
  • Thursday 11th - AM 4D Coastal schools
  • Friday 12th - AM Team Challenge
  • Monday 15th - Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week
  • Tuesday 16th - 2pm - 5M and 5S Poetry Performance to parents/carers
  • PM Y5/6 Girls football at Essex finals
  • Year 4 Book Look
  • Wednesday 17th - PM Y5 Science roadshow
  • Thursday 18th - AM Y3/4 Dodgeball at Thorpe Hall
  • 2pm - 5J and 5K Poetry Performance to parents/carers
  • 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
  • AM 4B Coastal schools
  • 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

SPSSA Girls’ Football Tournament

On Friday 15th October the girls’ football team competed in the SPSSA Girls’ Football Tournament. The team finished top of their group and went on to play the top six schools in the afternoon. With the results being shared, the team waited with anticipation, and when the top three were announced, we were told the teams coming 2nd and 3rd had equal points. It went to goal difference to split them, and with West Leigh scoring one more goal than the other team, they finished 2nd and will now go on to compete at the Essex finals in November. The whole team played fantastic football throughout the day and demonstrated superb sportsmanship. Full match report can be seen here.

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. Once again, it was 3T, who must have some kind of health force-field around them that fends off bugs and germs. Well done, 3T!


Citizen of the Week - This week the school council chose Penelope Parsons (3T) for raising £610 for the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust. What a fantastic thing to do, Penelope. Well done!

Sports Performer of the Week - Henry Thomas (3T)

Most Improved in PE - Sawini Karanth (5K)

Congratulations to all three!

A wyvern flying high!

1st Wyvern 83 points

2nd Centicore 77 points

3rd Pegasus 76 points

4th Phoenix 74 points

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