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West Leigh Weekly News Week ending 24th September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

So we come to the end of an extremely busy week in school. The various clubs are up and running, the choirs are singing beautifully and the owls have been twit-twooing (see Year 3!). There have been many exciting things going on in all the year groups and beyond, many of which you can read about in this newsletter and you will also see photographs showing the children in action during their learning opportunities.

We were particularly delighted to be able to open our library once again to the children this week after 18 months of not being able to use it due to COVID measures. Our 16 librarians have been doing a great job. There are more details about the library and how it operates later in this newsletter.

You may notice when checking the diary dates, that the flu immunisations due to be administered on October 12th have now been postponed. This is due to the priority currently being given to the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12-15 year old children and that has had an impact on the planned community immunisation programme including the visit to West Leigh.

Many thanks to those of you who were able to attend our year group curriculum presentations this week. We were really pleased with the 'turn out' and hope that you found them interesting and informative - even if you did only really come along to have a good look at your child's new teacher! If were not able to attend, all four presentations are going to be uploaded onto the school's website so you will be able to see and read what you missed.

As we mentioned previously, school is a very busy place now both during the school day and before and after school with the various clubs. Also, now that all COVID restrictions have lifted, the children will obviously be going to additional clubs and activities outside of school, be it a sports club, a theatre group, some to a tutor and so on. We have noticed that this busy return to life as it was pre-pandemic is taking its toll on some of the children. Quite a few of them have become tired or fatigued by the end of the day or week, perhaps due to them not having yet recovered the stamina they had previously. Please can we ask that the children get enough sleep and rest to ensure that they can fully participate in all school lessons and activities to the best of their abilities. Thank you.

Next Tuesday we will be re-starting our 'Book Look' sessions where you can come in to your child's class and have a look at their work. Teachers will not be available for you to chat to but it does give you an opportunity for your children to share their books and work with you and tell you all about what they have been doing. These 'drop-in' sessions run from 3.30 to 3.45pm every Tuesday. We will be organising a 'Late Book Look' evening from 6.15 to 6.30pm later in the term.

It only remains for us to wish you a very enjoyable weekend whatever you do. See you next week.

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

Year 3 had a 'hoot' of a time on Tuesday with their visit from Night Owls which linked perfectly to our Connected Curriculum topic. In science, the children studied the human skeleton, labelled the bones and investigated how different muscles work to allow us to move. We have continued to review the children’s knowledge of place value reviewing how to order and compare 3 digit numbers up to 1000 working their fluency in maths. Outdoor PE continues to focus on football skills regarding the role of the defender and attacker and honing their passing skills. Healthy friendships, how to make and keep them are proving useful to the children’s socialisation within a new year group.

Night Owls visit Year 3

Year 4

Year 4 have begun working through problem solving in maths where diagrams are required in order to find the solution. Whilst it has certainly been challenging, many children have impressed their teachers with great dedication and perseverance. In science, the children have learned about how sound can be measured using decibels. They undertook an investigation using iPads and decibel metres in order to determine the loudest and quietest areas of the school, as well as areas that could have been potentially dangerous over a long period of time. The story of the 'Time-Travelling Cat' continues and Year 4 have begun exploring the feelings of the main characters through diary writing. In English, the children have begun reading and exploring the features of information texts in preparation for an extended piece of writing next week about religion and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Finally, in Connected Curriculum, Year 4 have investigated a selection of Egyptian gods. They have also demonstrated creativity in a digital art lesson to portray themselves as a pharaoh!

Year 5

It has been another productive week in Year 5. In English, we have continued writing recounts based on the ‘Firework Maker’s Daughter’ as well as identifying verb tenses within the text. The children enjoyed recounting Lila’s journey through the forest and her encounter with the eccentric fisherman, Rambashi. We have continued to explore addition and subtraction in our maths lessons, and in science we completed our investigations into friction before switching our attention to gravity and the legacy of Sir Isaac Newton. In our Connected Curriculum lessons, we have been investigating when and why Angles, Saxons and Jutes arrived in Britain. As we move into next week, we will explore this further, taking time to consider what life must have been like for various groups of settlers during this time.

Year 6

One of the highlights this week for the year six pupils was the trip to Old Leigh where they developed their knowledge and understanding of the inspirational stories behind the little ships of Dunkirk. Whilst there, they also were able to take the opportunity to develop their sketching skills using the Endeavour as a focal point. Beyond this in Connected Curriculum, they have reflected on the complexities of the factors that lead up to the start of the Second World War. Although this is most certainly a challenging task, many children were able to articulate their own opinions about what they believed were the most significant factors. In English, they have critiqued and analysed the importance of the separate sections of a narrative story and are aware of their significance in building a cohesive and fluent narrative text. Those children who have been selected as prefects, following their applications, have also begun their duties supporting pupils around the school and it was lovely to see the level of enthusiasm when they learned about the year group they will be working alongside. The excitement didn’t end there when Year 6 learned about the process of how House Team Captains will be chosen. We all expect that the year six children will, once again, choose their representatives wisely.

Library reopens

We have been delighted to see the children access and enjoy the school library again this week. Our Year 6 librarians have taken on their roles with great professionalism and wear their Librarian badges with pride. Many children have already borrowed reading books this week including a number of new titles which were fresh to the shelves. Even one of the owls, which visited Year 3 on Tuesday, popped in for a look!

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 - Sauté Potatoes, Veg selection and Salad Bar - Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt or Fruit Shortbread.

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

Thursday -Homemade Beef Spaghetti Bolognese - Vegetable and Lentil Bolognese - Jacket Potato with Cheese - Veg Selection and Salad Bar - 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, Yogurt or Ice Cream.

Diary Dates

New dates in italics

September

  • Wednesday 29th - 8.00am - Yr 6 Mary Poppins workshop
  • 12.30 Cross country at Garons Park
  • Thursday 30th - 3.30pm - Yr 6 MaryPoppins auditions
  • AM 4R Coastal schools
  • AM 3G and 3N @ Belfairs Woods

October

  • Friday 1st - AM 3G and 3N @ Belfairs Woods
  • Monday 4th - Friday 8th - Reading Week
  • Wednesday 6th - 8.00am - Yr 5 Mary Poppins workshop
  • AM 4D Coastal schools
  • Thursday 7th - 3.30pm - Yr 5 Mary Poppins auditions
  • Friday 8th - 6pm FOWLS Y4 Disco
  • Tuesday 12th - Flu immunisations POSTPONED
  • 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

November

  • 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
  • Thursday 18th - AM Yr 3/4 Dodgeball at Thorpe Hall
  • 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
  • Thursday 25th - AM 4R Coastal Schools

December

  • Tuesday 7th - Christmas celebration
  • Wednesday 8th - AM 4B Coastal schools
  • Friday 17th - Wednesday 4th January - CHRISTMAS BREAK

Message from FOWLS - Friends of West Leigh Schools

Swimming

Monday

  • 3E - Miss Bowes
  • 3N - Mrs Bemister
  • 4B - Mr Boylan

Tuesday

  • 3T - Mrs Thompson/Mrs Halls
  • 5S - Mr Buchan
  • 5J - Mrs Wilson

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Attendance

There were three classes with a full 100% attendance this week. Congratulations to 3N, 3T and 4R! We once again had the chance to watch 3T's wonderful interpretation of the opening song to 'The Greatest Showman' in this morning's assembly and we were also thrilled by 4R's celebratory version of 'One Step Beyond' by Madness.

Awards

Citizen of the Week

Goes to: Kitty Fisher and Lottie Lumsden for their care and consideration for our local environment after spending part of their weekend keeping our beaches and estuary clean.

Sports Performer of the Week - Charlie Woolcock 4R

Most Improved in PE - Isobel Reid 6P

Centicore were victorious once again this week. Congratulations to all the children in that House. Next week in Friday's assembly will be announcing who the House Team Captains will be for this year. There is bound to be great excitement...
A Centicore

1st Centicore - 47 points

2nd Phoenix - 42 points

3rd Wyvern - 36 points

4th Pegasus - 34 points

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