Year 6 - Ilam Hall

On a very rainy Monday morning 110 very excited children set off on their three coaches to Ilam Hall Youth Hostel in the Derbyshire Peak District. Throughout the journey it rained, and it rained and it rained … but as if by magic, when the coaches pulled up at the youth hostel, the rain stopped, never to be seen again until the journey back to school on the Friday afternoon. Despite the downpours and thunderstorms back in Essex the sun shone in Derbyshire! After such a long coach journey, the children seriously needed to burn off some energy – and what better way than to climb either Thorpe Cloud or Bunster Hill? Being accustomed to Essex they never really anticipated the steepness of the gr

Southend Week

Monday (London) It was with trepidation that the twenty pupils and accompanying adults set off on their first trip of the week: London. By the time they had walked to Tower Pier to wait for their River Cruise boat to Greenwich, they all resembled drowned rats! However, that did not stop the formidable team enjoying the day – there was not a single frown among them! Huge thanks to Mrs Tremain for keeping the adults plied with snacks and Mr Windass for ensuring the children were kept informed of all the interesting facts – our tour-guide! At Greenwich, the children marvelled at the wonderful sights, particularly the Cutty Sark, The Maritime Museum and the Painted Hall before making their way

Year 6 Bake off

As part of the UK project in Y6, the children took part in a ‘bake-off’, with each class choosing a recipe from one of the four countries: 6W made English scones; 6K made Welsh cakes; 6D made Scottish shortbread and 6L made Irish oat biscuits. A winning team was chosen from each class, who will go on to the Bake-off Final next week. Participating groups will be instructed to choose a recipe that they feel reflects Britain in some way. All of the other children are rooting for their class representatives to win! 6D - Scottish Shortbread 6K - Welsh Cakes 6L - Irish Oat Biscuits 6W - English Scones #Year6 #wholeschool

Festival success for West Leigh

On Friday, children from Years 3, 4 and 5 represented West Leigh Junior School in the recorder classes of the Leigh Music Festival. This annual event, along with the Southend Festival in November, provides us with the opportunity to share our music-making with the local community and receive feedback from a guest judge. On this occasion, the adjudicator was Lisa Nelsen who is a Professor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. Our Recorder Ensemble performed ‘Union Street Express’ and ‘A Viennese Whirl’, conducted by Mrs Forkin. The adjudicator awarded them the Festival Recorder Challenge Cup, commenting specifically on their high standard of delivery and ensemble playing:

KS2 Borough Sports

On Wednesday 21st June, 51 children from Years 3, 4 and 5 entered the Southend Borough Sports competition at Garons Park. We had many winners and places in our track and field events. 5 gold medals, and 1 silver; both our year 3 relay teams came second which put us through to the Super Sports competition the following week, along with Clarlie Larn 1st Year 3 (standing long jump) Mollie Tite 1st Year 5 (shot put) Archie Jeacock 1st Year 3 (javelin) and Gauri Sidharthan 1st with a new Borough Record of 20.9 metres Year 3 (Tennis ball throw). On Tuesday this week our sprinters were in action at the Super Sports competition, Sienna Winslow (Year 3) who narrowly missed out on a 3rd place meda

Happy 90th Birthday to our Queen

West Leigh Infant and Junior school celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Friday by dancing the Charleston! All 870 pupils have been learning the Charleston, a famous dance from the decade that the Queen was born, in the weeks leading up to the celebration. On Friday, all the pupils went on to the playground and danced the Charleston together before singing Happy Birthday to the Queen and the National Anthem. It was a real celebration and very exciting for the children. We also ran a competition for the children to design a birthday cake for the Queen. The entries were brilliant and it was very hard to pick a winning cake to be baked into life! The prize went to a year 4 child who worked w

Year 3 visit Old Leigh

On the last week of half term, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Year 3 took a trip to Old Leigh to visit the Heritage Centre and to carry out a geography field study as part of their topic on the River Thames. At the Heritage Centre they learnt about the history of the river, how people in the past worked on it and used it in their daily lives. They then visited Plumb Cottage, a replica of an 18th Century fisherman’s dwelling and enjoyed looking at the artefacts and comparing how our lives today are very different.On the beach the children carried out a range of field study skills including field sketching, data collection and a survey. After half term they will be carrying out some analysis o

Swimming gala champions

Yesterday we had amazing success at the Southend Borough Swimming Gala at Garons. The children in the swim squad from across the year groups have been busy training for the event and the hard work paid off with our Year 3/4 and 5/6 teams both winning top school. The standard of the competition was really high again this year and the children were fantastic throughout the event. We were the overall winners and are now through to the Essex finals on the 30th June... let the training continue! #Sport #swimschool #Year3 #Year5 #year6 #Year4

Year 6 sculptures

Year 6 have been working really hard to create some amazing sculptures for their topic work. Watch the video to see more... #year6 #Wholeschool

Library launch

It has been a very exciting final week of the half term for the children as they enjoyed ‘library week’ which concluded with the launch of our brand new library. Author Alan Gibbons spent time with the Year 5 and 6 children conducting a writing workshop following his inspiring whole school assembly. Each year group were given a ‘brilliant book’ to focus their learning in English this week which lead to a number of fun and engaging activities. On Thursday the children went on a book related scavenger hunt around the school looking for clues before getting a sneak peak of the new library ahead of its launch. Author Alan Gibbons, along with governors, parent councillors, student council and the

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