West Leigh Juniors Weekly News Week ending 15th October 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

As we come to our final week of this extremely busy half term, we reflect on all the many and varied things that have taken place inside of school and out over the past week. One fantastic achievement was that, on Wednesday, West Leigh Juniors became the champions of Tag Rugby in Southend. Fourteen schools took part in the competition and our amazing team played ten matches and won all ten to end up as the winners. Huge congratulations to all the team and their coach, Mr Dunn.

Thank you to all of you who have attended our 'Book Looks' after school on a Tuesday - we have been really pleased by the supportive response. However, it can still become rather congested and with having so many people in the building at the same time it makes us not so COVID-secure as we would like, especially given the recent uptick in positive cases. Therefore, from next week, we are changing the arrangements to the 'Book Look' sessions. Each week there will be one year group invited in - next week it will be the parents and carers of Year 6, followed by Year 5 in the first week after half term and so on as part of a rolling programme. The year group invited in each week will be included in the diary dates section of the newsletter. Please note, however, that there will be no 'Book Look' during the week beginning November 8th as our learning conferences are taking place that week. Please can we also ask you to leave the building swiftly at 3.45pm at the end of each 'Book Look' when the buzzer is sounded. Thank you.

With reference to learning conferences, we are currently setting up the schedules for appointments and these will go 'live' on Wednesday 20th October at 7pm. You will then be able to select and book a 10-minute face-to-face appointment with your child(ren)'s teacher(s).

We have had a couple of worrying incidents in the playground recently where a few of the children have been role-playing characters and events from the Netflix TV series "Squid Game". For those of you who are not aware of the programme, it contains a great deal of violence and many adult themes and has been give a 15 rating by the BBFC. This means that the material is “suitable only for 15 years and over with no concession for accompanying adults". Online safety experts have urged parents of the need to turn on parental controls on Netflix to ensure that children do not have access to programmes such as this and we also highly recommend this.

We wish you all a pleasant weekend, albeit a rather cloudy one apparently!

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

It is almost beyond belief that there is only one more week before the children break for a well-deserved half term break – hasn’t time flown!! In English, we have continued writing our animal story with a focus on introducing characters, writing about exciting, detailed and well-constructed problems which lead to a satisfactory resolution. The children have been introduced to the use of fronted adverbials and a wide range of sophisticated vocabulary and asked to review different ways to correctly structure a sentence. Our Connected Curriculum lessons have had a mathematical focus. Based upon the statement ‘Miss Bowes thinks that rabbits are the cheapest pet to own’, the children have used research, addition and multiplication skills to calculate the initial cost of owning a pet, the typical monthly outgoings and even as far as how much a pet costs over a year to try to either to prove or disprove Miss Bowes’ theory. They seemed rather shocked at what they discovered! Money has also been the focus on our maths lessons including recognising notes and coins, calculating the price of various items and using different methods to work out the change from different amounts.

Year 4

Year 4 have become sculptors in Connected Curriculum this week. Following some sketching practice and designing time, the children have begun to construct their own canopic jars using clay. It has been quite a messy experience but the children have enjoyed it nonetheless and demonstrated fantastic creativity in their work. In English, Year 4 have followed on from last week’s National Poetry Day by undertaking a poetry study. The children have identified the features that are most commonly found in poems and they have also begun writing a range of poems including Kennings. In maths, the children have begun learning about different units of measure with a particular focus on length and perimeter. Finally, the children have undertaken an independent investigation in science in order to learn about how pitch works. It has been very interesting to see how the children have deduced scientific knowledge through their own investigative work and there was a lot of buzz around the classrooms as each child made their own instrument with straws!

Year 5

In Year 5, our news reporters have been hard at work writing news articles about the white elephant’s escape from Lord Parakit’s Mansion. We have been learning how to write direct and indirect speech in order to incorporate some of the eyewitnesses’ accounts. We have started to learn about fractions in maths, folding paper to find equivalent fractions and using fraction walls and interactive tools to help us with our learning. In science, as part of our topic on forces, we are designing and making parachutes, thinking carefully about variables and making predictions before testing them and timing the drop. Next week, we will start to learn the skills of weaving, knowing that this was a skill used by the Anglo- Saxons. Could we kindly ask any knitters to send in any unwanted balls of wool for the children to use.

Year 6

As artists, the children have been learning more about how colour can be implemented in compositions in order to develop the mood, ranging from tranquillity to power. Once they had refined their ability to mix colours and adapt the shade or tint, they created an extract of a landscape which had been affected war, producing a monochromatic painting. Although with this in itself is a challenging task, the pupils worked remarkably well to show off the skills they had learned. As mathematicians, there has been further development of their understanding of fractions with pupils tackling increasingly complex and sophisticated problems. One of the highlights of the week, however, has been as a result of the TTRS Battle of the Bands, which has engaged many pupils and also helped them to further increase the pace of their tables recall. As writers, they have drawn upon their research of the Blitz and created poetry inspired by the structure of 'The Highwayman'. Their knowledge of the Second World War was also further developed when Mr Queenborough shared his experiences relating to how Germany was affected by the major conflict and subsequent aftermath.

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


  • Monday 18th - Individual photos
  • Tuesday 19th - Sibling photos
  • Year 6 Book Look
  • Wednesday 20th - 8am - Y3 Mary Poppins workshop
  • AM 4B Coastal schools
  • Y 6 Essex Finals Table Tennis
  • Thursday 21st - 3.30pm Y3 Mary Poppins auditions
  • Cross Country at Thorpe Hall
  • Monday 25th - Friday 29th - HALF TERM BREAK


  • 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
  • Tuesday 9th - AM 4L Coastal schools
  • No Book Look
  • 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
  • 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
  • Y5/6 Football at Len Forge
  • Tuesday 23rd
  • Year 3 Book Look
  • 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


  • 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
  • Friday 17th - Tuesday 4th January - CHRISTMAS BREAK

Emerging Girls' Football Tournament

On Friday 8th October, eight members of our girls’ football team played in the Southend Primary School Sports Association Emerging Girls Football Tournament at Len Forge. They played ten competitive matches across the day. To see how they got on click here.

Reading in the Community

There were so many brilliant entries for the Reading in the Community photo competition and it really was so fantastic to review all the pictures and try to work out where you all were! Thank you for taking the time to upload. Whilst it was hard to decide, we did select a winner from each year group and the following children have received their prize today (a signed Gareth P Jones book):

  • 3N – Buddy Acton
  • 4R – Sienna Tucker
  • 5K – Henry Liversidge
  • 6F – Reece McCardle

Happy reading…wherever you may be!

Reading in the Community photo competition winners

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  • 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 two classes today with 100% attendance and, once again, they are both in Year 3. The children in that year group must be made of stern stuff and not be as susceptible to catching the plentiful coughs and colds that are around. Many congratulations to 3N and 3T!


Sports Performer of the Week - Jack Reddington (6P)

Most Improved in PE - Lillianne McCormack (6F)

Congratulations to them both!


As we were unable to have a whole school assembly this morning, we will announce the winner of the House Team Trophy on Monday.

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