Cricket festival

On Thursday 25th May, nine Year 6 girls were invited to play at the Alleyn Court cricket festival. It was a very hot day and we started by beating Thorpdene school. We then played Bournemouth Park, Porters Grange and Alleyn Court B team, winning all games. We played Blenheim in the semi-final and won. We faced Alleyn Court A team in the final and were unfortunately beaten. This was the only game we lost all day and the girls played brilliantly, improving both their batting and bowling skills with every game they played. Well done girls - they should all be very proud of themselves.

Year three trip to Leigh Heritage Centre

Last week the Year three children visited Leigh Heritage Centre and Plumb Cottage to enhance their learning about the current topic rivers, looking at how historically the Thames had a key role in the life of people who lived on the estuary. While there the children carried out a Geography field study on Bell Wharf beach where they created a survey of beach use and collecting data on the different types of vessels that use the estuary. The Children had a wonderful time gaining first-hand experience of how people lived and worked on the estuary in the past. A massive thank you to the volunteers who inspired the children with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Phenomenal Chess Success for West Leigh

Phenomenal Chess Success for West Leigh Having played tremendously well to qualify to go to the semi-finals back in March, this weekend West Leigh Chess Team headed down to Camber in East Sussex. The team consisted of Ethan, Dylan, Luka, Max, Sidney and Kaya and despite being an Under 11 team they ranged from Year 3 to year 6. Pontins was the venue for this year's English Primary Schools Chess Association National Championship Semi-Final. In the Under 11 section, 34 of the best school chess teams from across the country were present to compete for the opportunity to go through to the Finals in Birmingham West in July. Each team were scheduled to play 6 matches across Saturday and Sunday.

Rounders

On Monday 22nd May, 10 Year 5 children were invited to play at Thorpe Hall school for the rounders competition. We played Friars and Fairways in our group and went through to the quarter finals where we were narrowly beaten by the eventual winners - Heycroft. In the afternoon our Year 6 children arrived in very hot conditions to play Bournemouth Park and Fairways. Once again we went through to the quarter finals where we were beaten by Chalkwell, who came second overall. There were some very good rounders skills on display today and all the children enjoyed the experience. #year5 #wholeschool

South East Essex Schools tennis tournament

On Friday 19th May two teams competed in the South East Essex Schools tennis tournament at Garon Park. The year 3/4 team competed in the morning session. In the opening heats the players performed extremely well and won 10 of their 16 matches. As runners up of their group, they went through to the semi-final play off. The team played really well, but were beaten by the eventual winners of the tournament. The final matches of the day saw the children play in the 3rd/4th play off. In the closest of finishes the team were pipped by one point into 4th place. Well done team, you battled so hard. In the afternoon, the year 6 pupils arrived for action. In the group stage, the team played some exce

Aquathlon

On Wednesday 17th May, eight of our Year 5 and 6 children attended Garons to take part in the aquathlon. The aquathlon is a very tough event, consisting of a 100m swim followed by a 1200m run. Our team were hugely successful, with the boys placing in the top sixteen and the girls finishing in the top ten. We also won fastest boy overall. These fantastic results meant that we won the team competition, coming first out of nine local schools. The children performed superbly and we are very proud of their achievements.

Bikeathon

On Sunday 14th May, children from West Leigh Junior School were invited to participate in the Junior Bikeathon at Priory Park. This event was held by Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) to help raise money for researching new treatments against these diseases. After a slightly wet and quiet start to the morning, the course was soon filled with children from West Leigh and it was incredible to see the vast majority of participants being from our school. Sponsorship for this event is continuing to arrive at school and Mr Loveridge would like to thank everyone who participated in such a generous cause.

Year 4's minibeast hunt

As part of their work in science, year 4 went to Belfairs Woods on a minibeast hunt. We have been learning how to use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things! We have learned about the seven characteristics of a living thing; sorted living things in a number of different ways; used a dichotomous classification key to identify local invertebrates and made observational drawings. We found lots of insects under leaves and at the base of the trees and enjoyed identifying them on location. At the end of a great afternoon we returned the creepy crawlies to their natural habitat. #Year4 #wholeschool

West Leigh Success in Leigh Music Festival

Children from Year 4 and 5 represented West Leigh Junior School recently at the Leigh Music Festival. They performed a varied collection of recorder pieces as part of the Woodwind and Brass section of the festival. The adjudicator for the afternoon was Joy Farrall, who is a professor at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. All their performances were very well received, impressing Ms Farrall with their “sweet gentle sound…” and “very good presentation”. Alex Blackstone-Cobbe and Emily Chaston were awarded joint first place in the 11 years and under class, meaning they will have the Doris Ridd Orpheus Cup for six months each! Sebastian Rapley Mende won the Bryn Smit

Year 4 Essex and Suffolk Water visit

On Thursday 4th May, Year 4 had visited by Essex and Suffolk Water. The children learnt how they can save water at home by doing simple things, for example, turning the tap off while brushing your teeth can save 12 litres of water. Having a shorter shower can save up to 18 litres! For each scenario the children were asked how much water they think could be saved by changing the way we do them. They also got to see some of the different devices that can help save water for example, the save-a-flush which is a bag that goes in the back of the toilet can save 12 litres a day. The tap insert can save on average 36 litres per day. #Year4 #wholeschool

Celebrating Leigh Together

When we were approached by Mrs Hooper to submit entries for an exhibition celebrating our town, Leigh-on-Sea, we were extremely excited to be involved. Year 5 took up the challenge and spent lots of time thinking about what makes Leigh a great place to live and go to school. The children produced a wide range of work, including some wonderful art work, poetry and more. The work was displayed at the ‘Celebrate Leigh’ event at the Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre on Saturday 22nd April. Four representatives from the School Council attended the event to represent our school and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea. The work created by Year 5 will be on display in school shortly, so please do come a

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