Early Years New Starters - September 2020

Our #September2020 Reception and Nursery information site is now live with lots of information for our new parents about life at Lea Forest. Click the link to visit our Early Years Information Site. You can meet our Early Years Team, take a tour and watch a few of our favourite stories as well. Please share with parents that are joining us in September.

Parent Information: 10/07/2020

Year 6 BBQ

We plan to hold a BBQ on Tuesday 14 July from 4pm until 6pm. We will be holding the celebration OUTSIDE in the KS2 playground; children will enter via the staff car park gate on Eddish Road by the school field. During the afternoon, we will enforce social distancing measures and have plenty of hand washing stations available. Children will not be allowed access into the school building, except to use the toilet which is located next to the playground. Tickets for the BBQ will cost £3.00. Food and drinks (including halal options) will be included in the price as well as an autograph book for children to share messages and contact details if they wish to and a little gift. Tickets must be purchased before the end of today!

Last Day of Term

Just a reminder that school finishes at lunchtime on Friday 17 July. School will finish at 11.45am for Nursery and Reception children, 11:50am for Year 1 children, 12:00pm for Year 5 and Year 6 children and 12.20 pm for Key Worker children.

If your child is entitled to a FSM and usually has a school dinner they will be provided with a packed lunch which they will be able to take home with them.

Please make sure children are collected on time on this day!

General Information for Bubbles

You will be aware that some Birmingham schools, including Lea Forest Primary Academy, have started reopening to more pupils. AET and the council have been working with us to agree measures so that more children can begin to come back to school to continue their learning in a safe and gradual way.

The most important principle for us is that the health, safety and welfare of children, staff and our communities is paramount.

Throughout the lockdown period, most schools have safely remained open for children of key workers and other children who would benefit most from being in school. I am extremely grateful for the commitment and dedication that has been shown by school staff throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

The government guidance sets out that the children with the highest priority to return to school are:

• Children of key workers

• Children with a social worker

• Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If your child comes under one of these groups and has not been attending school up to now, please contact the school office to discuss when they can return.

Why is it good for children in these groups in particular to start coming back to school?

• It is good for children’s mental well-being

• School is the best environment for children to learn in

• It is important for children to learn to socialise with others, especially for younger children

We are fully open to pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. It’s been fabulous seeing so many children back in school and the numbers have been growing by the day. This makes me extremely satisfied that families are comfortable and feel secure with the plans we have in place. However, for those children that remain at home, schools will be continuing to provide support for home learning. Our full virtual school offer can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/aetinet.org/lea-forest-primary-academy/virtual-school

Update on Class Bubbles

We have been operating 13 ‘bubbles’ this week which has been an increase on the previous weeks:

Reception B - Miss Allcroft Reception A - Miss Evans Reception B - Mrs Gonzales

Nursery - Mr Haw Year 1 A - Miss Magee Year 1 B - Mrs Reed Year 1 C - Miss Jackson

Year 6 A - Mr White Year 6 B - Mrs Wood Year 6 C - Mrs Newbold Year 6 D - Miss Mclaughlin/Mrs Lewis

Year 5 A - Miss Francois 5 B - Ms Purcell

KW A - Miss Jones KW B - Mr Carlton/Miss Martin KW C - Miss Collis

Our Year 1 ‘bubbles’ are now FULL, but we had more and more Year 1 children wanting to attend so today an additional bubble has been added - Year 1 C, being taught by Miss Jackson. We are also opening to Year 5 from Monday 22nd June. The Year 5 team are excited to be welcoming back our Year 5 children so that they can have some time in school before we break-up for the summer break and they move into Year 6.

Remember: If your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 5 or Year 6 and you’d like them to return to school, please contact the school office. We will require at least 24 hours notice so that we can make appropriate arrangements for a safe return.

Reporting a pupil absence

Pupils that have indicated they are attending are expected to come to school every day. The only exception should be if they are sick, or if they, or a family member is displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

If your child needs to stay at home, then please either call school to inform us by 9.05am. This should be done by phoning the school office on 0121 675 3985 on the first day and then every day after that or report the absence via the form on the website

If we do not hear from you, then this becomes a safeguarding concern and senior leaders will visit your home.

We have added our Safe Return plan to the site copies are available below and from the office on request.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us

We have reproduced our parent handbook and key information in several of our home languages to help parents and carers understand our new rules and ways of working.

Can I change my mind and send my child?

Yes, if your child is Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 in order for us to operate safely we ask that you give us 24 hours hours notice before sending your child to school if you have previously said they would stay at home. This will allow us to ensure we have safe levels of staffing and safe numbers of children in each group. Please call the school office on

0121 675 3985.

Lea Forest Primary - Safe Return to School Plan.pdf
The AET Safe Return Pledge.pdf

Parent Information Video

LFP Declaration (1).pdf
LFPA Attendance Information for Parents.pdf

Our Stay Safe Story