West Leigh Juniors Weekly News Week ending 5th november 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school on Tuesday. We hope that they, and you, had an enjoyable half term break. The children are already back in full swing with their work and new topics and we are looking forward to an exciting half term ending, of course, with all the festive fun in the run-up to Christmas. Can we take this opportunity to wish those of you who have celebrated it this week, a very Happy Diwali.

Next week we look forward, for the first time since November 2019, to welcoming parents and carers into school for their child's learning conferences with the teachers. We sent out a letter about the learning conferences earlier today which we hope you will have read but, if not, there a couple of COVID-related measures we would like you to take when attending the conferences as we will have quite a lot of people in the school at the same time. Firstly, we would request that you wear a face covering whilst you are in the school building and also that you leave as swiftly as you can following your meetings with the teachers to reduce congestion. Please note that there is no 'Book Look' on Tuesday this week due to the learning conferences taking place.

On Thursday, we posted an advert online for a full-time Learning Support Assistant to join our fantastic support team. If you are interested and would like further details they are posted on the school's website under the 'about us' tab or you can put the following into your web browser https://www.westleighjunior.co.uk/vacancies.

We know that many of the children are excited about attending firework displays or Bonfire Night parties over the weekend and we join in their excitement. This morning in assembly, we went over the firework code with the children to remind them how they can enjoy the celebrations of November 5th safely. So they may pester you for a bucket of sand or water for those dead sparklers!

Whatever you are doing, attending a firework display or Bonfire Night party or not, we wish you a very pleasant weekend.

Mr Lear and Mrs Woolf

Year 3

It has been lovely to see the children returning to school well rested and eager to face the challenges of another exciting half term. In English, we have discovered more about Roald Dahl, the author of our layered reading book. Through discussion, the children have considered reoccurring themes and characters within the stories and looked at how he created believable heroes and villains. The children then enjoyed creating and writing a description of their own Roald Dahl inspired hero or villain. Our focus in maths has been multiplication and division. The children have begun to look at arrays and how they help us solve multiplication and division calculations. They have also looked at multiplying by 10 and multiples of 10 using known facts to support their learning. Investigating the appearance of different types of rocks has begun our new science topic, which allowed the children to compare and contrast using high quality adjectives. In Connected Curriculum the children have investigated where in the school grounds would be suitable for a small mammal to make a home and created a detailed sketch map including a key of the school grounds.

Year 4

Year 4 have returned to school very enthusiastically and in English, the children have been detectives trying to solve a theft (and murder mystery) whilst enjoying their 'Brilliant Book Week'. They have also been showing excellent creativity by generating back stories for some of the suspects and elaborating on their motives or reasons. In science, the children have begun a particularly interesting (and disgusting) topic involving the digestive system by learning about what happens to food as it passes through our body. Year 4 have begun working on multiplication and division in maths. We would like to remind all children that they should be working through Times Tables Rockstars for their homework with a focus on answering tables accurately at speed. Finally, in Connected Curriculum, the children have delved into Awesome Art Week by creating art inspired by Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings.

Year 5

It has been a pleasure to welcome the children back to Year 5 this week after their well-earned half term break. Performance poetry rehearsals have begun in earnest and we are grateful for the support you are providing the children in learning the poems. We have continued to develop our mathematical knowledge of fractions this week: moving on to finding fractions of amounts and applying this in a range of problem solving contexts. In science, we have explored the use of levers; considering their use as a type of simple machine. Perhaps the children can spot some levers being used in everyday life? We would be happy to hear about what they discover. Finally, as part of our Connected Curriculum, the children have challenged themselves to tackle an Anglo-Saxon themed maths mission. Well done Year 5 on a successful start to this new half term.

Year 6

Although it has been a shorter week than normal week, the Year 6 pupils have still had many opportunities to show off their developing skills. As mathematicians, they have been applying their knowledge of metric measures and their conversions in order to solve increasingly challenging problems. Within English, they have considered the features of biographical writing and learned how to write effective impact statements which will be beneficial in the coming weeks when they write both a fictional and historical biography. Within layered reading, they created storyboards focusing upon the impact of the journey of a coat – a significant narrative technique used by the author. The highlight, however, seems to have been as a result of the influence of a diverse influx of puppets; at lunchtimes they seem to be everywhere, even on prefect duty! Having been inspired by these puppets, they have completed research and initial designs for their own products. It will be exciting to see how the project develops.

Tag Rugby Competition

On Thursday we were at Southend Rugby Club for the Year 5/6 B tag rugby competition. Click here to see how the teams got on.

Basketball Competition

On Wednesday, 11 year 6 children attended the basketball competition at Eastwood Academy. Click here for the match report.

Dinner Menu

Week One

Monday - Cheese and vegetable pasta - Jacket potato with baked beans - Cold tuna and sweetcorn pasta salad with garlic bap - Herby potato cubes and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or raspberry mousse.

Tuesday - Pork sausage and tomato pasta bake - Vegetable frittata with garlic bap - Baguette with egg mayonnaise - vegetable selection and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or chocolate chip cookie.

Wednesday - Traditional roast chicken with stuffing - Quorn in vegetable gravy - Baguette with cheese - Roast potatoes, vegetable selection or salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or fruit flapjack.

Thursday - Homemade beef cottage pie - Homemade vegetable and lentil korma curry - baguette with chicken mayonnaise - vegetable selection and salad bar - Fresh fruit, yoghurt or cherry sponge.

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

Diary Dates

New dates in italics


  • 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

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 5K and, in assembly this morning, we all got to see and hear their fabulous rendition of the Friends theme tune - 'I'll Be There For You'. It was really impressive!


Sports Performer of the Week - Hayden Schmidtchen (6A)

Most Improved in PE - Joseph Smith (4B)

Congratulations to both of them!

A proud pegasus!

1st Pegasus 39 points

2nd Phoenix 38 points

3rd Centicore 37 points

4th Wyvern 36 points

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