Mini Games

The Mini Games was held at The Eastwood Academy Athletics track on the 14th July 2016. The children took take part in 10 different activities, from ladder races, target throws, sprints, jumps, bean bag races, a sport stack station to a parachute station. The idea behind the mini games was to celebrate and instil the values of the Olympic Games, which are: Friendship, Excellence, Respect, Courage, Determination, Inspiration, Equality. To keep with tradition of the Games there was an opening and closing ceremony to celebrate the values. Overall it was an absolutely wonderful afternoon that encouraged a range of children to celebrate and connect with sport in a fun way! #year4 #Year6 #year5 #ye

Year 6 bake off

As part of the Summer Term topic: ‘What Makes Britain Great’, Year 6 once again carried out their very own Great British Bake-off. In the ‘group stages’, each class adopted a UK country and spent half a day in the kitchen producing variations of traditional fare. The lucky teachers had to judge the groups in their class who made a spectacular effort to become overall winners. After tasting scones,welsh cakes, oat biscuits and shortbread, and taking into account the presentation and texture of the products, a winning group was chosen from each class to go through to the finals. Their task would be to create a cake, which represented Britain in some way. The final was a very close-run competit

Sports Day

On the hottest day of the year so far the community of West Leigh Junior School gathered at Belfairs Academy to participate and watch this year’s Sports Day. We started with the quirky races with great fun being had by all year groups. The Sprints came next and there was some fantastic cheering and support heard from all of the houses. We finished with the relays which were a great end to the competitions. All of this was interspersed with the traditional toddlers, mums and dads races. At the end of the competitions there was great suspense as the winners were called out with Grenville winning the day with an amazing 275 Points! Mr Lear helped the celebrations as he carried the Grenville c

Recycled Art Exhibition

Part of the Eco Awarness Day was an invitation to create a piece of art using recycled material. This attracted some outstanding contributions and was judged by Mrs Carr,the Art Subject Leader, today and she awarded the a prize for Most Gifted Recycled Artist went to a child in Year 4. The Eco Warriors will be led by Mrs Carr next year and she said "I am so excited to be leading the West Leigh Eco Warriors next year and look forward to developing future projects with them." #Year6 #year5 #year4 #Year3 #wholeschool

Eco Fashion Show

The Eco Warriors recruited models and designers to be part of the West Leigh Eco Fashion Show which will occured on the afternoon (a matinee for the infant school) and on the evening of 15th July at 6.30pm. Models had to wear an outfit that had been re-purposed or made of recycled materials that either they have made or another child had designed for them. There was a prize for the Most Creative Design in each year group in addition to the Model of the Year for the entrant who made the greatest impact on the catwalk! Mr Lear, Head of School, and Natalie Millbank-Smith, fashion blogger, were our VIP Judges who had to make the tough decisions on the night about who received these awards. #ye

Eco Awareness Day

The aim of our Eco Awareness Day was to to strengthen pupil leadership and develop their involvement in eco topics. The children looked at creating eco mascots out of junk, re-purposed plastic bottles into new and wonderful things and much more! The projects were very much child-led and the staff enjoyed their creative approach to the theme. The day was designed by the West Leigh Eco Warriors who viewed this as an opportunity to develop whole school awareness about issues they care about. #Wholeschool #Year4 #year6 #Year5 #year3

Summer Serenade Concert

West Leigh Junior Schools young musicians were rewarded with a standing ovation at their 'Summer Serenade' concert. Children from Year 3 to 6 showed their musical talents with a enthusiastic audience of staff, parents and friends. Held at St. Margaret's Chruch, the children's performances included items from the Girls' choir, the Boys' choir, orchestra and percussion group. Head of School, John Lear, gave an empassioned vote of thanks, praising the range of the children's musical talents. #Year3 #Year6 #year4 #year5 #Wholeschool

Once Upon a Time

We are over the moon to have been awarded 1st place in the Once Upon a Time national creative writing competition which is run by Young Writers. 2,700 schools entered the competition which asked for pupils to submit their 'mini saga stories' on a subject of their choice. We have been presented with a £1000 cheque and a lovely certificate which will be displayed in the school. The published work can be seen in the gallery below. #Year4 #year6 #Year5 #Wholeschool

Careers Day

All the pupils at West Leigh enjoyed an action packed careers day on Friday. Children had requested that we hold a careers day so that they could find out about a range of jobs. There were a huge variety of activities on offer throughout the day – each class had a careers lesson, where they learned about the different jobs that are available – including ‘behind the scenes’ jobs that they may not have considered before! Children also got the chance to evaluate their skills and then match these with potential jobs, considering careers that they might be interested in when they are older and the pathways that they might need to follow in order to get there. Each class also had at least two diff

Year 3 visit London

On Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th June Year 3 visited London as part of their connected curriculum topic on the River Thames. The children met their teachers at Leigh-on-Sea station and took a train to Fenchurch Street. After disembarking they walked down past the Roman London wall and over Tower Bridge to get their first glimpse of the river. After crossing Tower Bridge, they had the opportunity to study some of the iconic buildings that could be seen from the South Bank including the Gherkin, the Walkie Talky and the Shard. The children tried their hand at sketching and photographing these and other buildings. Then what the children had been waiting for, a river cruise on the Thames.

Essex Swimming Finals

Last week our Year 3/4 and 5/6 swim squads took part in the Essex Swimming Finals at Basildon Sporting Village. Having secured their place when they won the Southend Borough Swimming Gala. The competition was extremely tough with schools from all over Essex competing across 44 different events. We took away 38 medals from the day! Many of the races were extremely close and it was often hard to see who had won. We won many bronze, silver and gold medals as well as coming 1st overall in the Year 5/6 events and 4th in the Year 3/4 events, missing out on 3rd place by just 1 point! The children behaved beautifully throughout the gal and showed great sportsmanship to each other and others in the c

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