It is the end of another busy and exciting week for our Year 3 children. Our rather damp visit to the woods not only linked marvellously to some future work planned in our Connected Curriculum studies but will, we hope, also support and inspire the children in their creative writing in English over the next couple of weeks. The children very much enjoyed looking at, listening to and smelling all the different elements of a natural environment, looking for evidence of how animals live in a habitat and how they create their homes.
We have now split into our maths bands and the children seemed to have settled well working with a different teacher and group of children, with a focus on honing their adding and subtraction skills. In science, the children have completed their first attempt at planning their own investigation where they considered scientific questions they could investigate, in this case, linked to the human skeleton. Diary-writing in English has allowed the children to work upon chronological order and the use of adverbs of time as they have assumed the role of Mr Fox.
The children in Year 4 have continued reading the story of the 'Time-Travelling Cat' and focused their studies on one of the main characters – Ellie, a girl who is deaf. We engaged in a variety of activities to gain an appreciation of what life would be like for Ellie which proved to be a very inspirational lesson for everyone. In English, the children have begun independent research for a project about the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt where they have been required to apply their note-taking and sentence-writing skills. Year 4 have begun working on addition and subtraction in maths this week and applying their knowledge to problems. In science, the children have been learning how to carry out an investigation into muffling in preparation for an independent activity which will be carried out next week. Finally, in Connected Curriculum, Year 4 have been trained as embalming priests to undertake the delicate work of mummifying… tomatoes! It was a tremendously exciting activity and allowed the children to get very messy whilst learning about how the Ancient Egyptians preserved bodies in the past.
There is certainly an autumnal nip in the air this week and it feels like we’re waving goodbye to summer. Our shared text, 'The Firework Maker’s Daughter', continues to enthral the children. In English, the pupils have been considering the skills and attributes required for the role of a firework maker before composing job advertisements for this position. This forms part of our explanation text focus as the pupils are required to use a range of causal conjunctions when explaining the importance of each skill. The children have also revisited homophones and this has been set as the spelling focus for the week. While some classes have continued to research the work of Sir Isaac Newton in science lessons, others have explored water resistance. In Connected Curriculum lessons, the pupils have identified different types of settlements using a range of physical and digital maps, and they are also beginning to make comparisons between modern-day counties and the heptarchy of the Anglo-Saxon period.
On Wednesday 29th September, West Leigh Junior School participated in the cross country competition at Garon Park. 24 schools participated in the KS2 competition with up to six boys and six girls running from each year group. See how they enjoyed it here.
This week saw the first session of our lunchtime sewing club. We began by selecting our thread colours and carefully threading our needles. The children learnt how to create a cross stitch and began creating a border for their bookmarks. We look forward to creating some beautiful cross – stitched bookmarks over the next few weeks.
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.
- Monday 4th - Friday 8th - Reading Week
- Monday 4th - Author visit and book-signing from Gareth P. Jones
- Tuesday 5th - AM 4D and 4L @ Leigh Library
- Wednesday 6th - 8.00am - Yr 5 Mary Poppins workshop
- AM 4D Coastal schools
- AM 4B and 4R @ Leigh Library
- Thursday 7th - 3.30pm - Yr 5 Mary Poppins auditions
- Friday 8th - 6pm FOWLS Y4 Disco
- Wednesday 13th - 8.00am - Yr 4 Mary Poppins workshop
- Thursday 14th - 3.30pm - Yr 4 Mary Poppins auditions
- PM 4L Coastal schools
- Friday 15th - 7pm - Yr 5 Disco
- Monday 18th - Individual photos
- Tuesday 19th - Sibling photos
- Wednesday 20th - 8.00am - Yr 3 Mary Poppins workshop
- AM 4B Coastal schools
- Thursday 21st - 3.30pm Yr 3 Mary Poppins auditions
- Monday 25th - Friday 29th - HALF TERM BREAK
- Monday 1st - INSET DAY
- Thursday 4th - AM Tag Rugby at SRFC
- Friday 5th - Yr 6 height & weight check
- Monday 8th - Learning conferences
- Tuesday 9th - AM 4L Coastal schools
- Wednesday 10th - Learning conferences
- Thursday 11th - AM 4D Coastal schools
- Friday 12th - AM Team Challenge
- Tuesday 16th - 2pm - 5M and 5S Poetry Performance to parents/carers
- Wednesday 17th - PM Y5 Science roadshow
- Thursday 18th - AM Yr 3/4 Dodgeball at Thorpe Hall
- 2pm - 5J and 5K Poetry Performance to parents/carers
- Friday 19th - Children in Need
- Yr 5/6 Football at Len Forge
- Wednesday 24th - AM Yr 5/6 (B) Dodgeball at Garons Park
- PM Yr 5/6 (A) Dodgeball at Garons Park
- PM Y5 Science roadshow
- Thursday 25th - AM 4R Coastal schools
- Wednesday 1st - PM Y5 Science roadshow
- Tuesday 7th - Christmas celebration
- Wednesday 8th - AM 4B Coastal schools
- PM Y5 Science roadshow
- Wednesday 21st - Wednesday 4th January - CHRISTMAS BREAK
- 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
The class with the best attendance this week was 3E with 100%! Congratulations to them. Although they were not in assembly this morning as they were visiting Belfairs Woods, the rest of us had the chance to watch their very impressive 'robot' dance to "Popcorn" by Crazy Frog.
Citizen of the Week
Mitchell Glasson (6A) was this week's recipient. He was nominated to receive Stanley Bear by a member of the public who witnessed him showing great kindness and friendship to another child to help 'brighten their day'.
Sports Performer of the Week Oscar Williams (5K)
Most Improved in PE Anaya Sidhu (4B)