April 2019


posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

After the Easter Holidays we will be sending home a Rags2Riches clothes collection bag. Please send in any clean, old or unwanted items of clothing that can be used again and Rags2Riches will donate money back to Lea Forest for every bag they receive, which we can then use to support our children’s education by purchasing resources and funding activities.

Rights Respecting School Update

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

(Article 24 ) Children have the right to a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.

At Lea Forest, we work together to learn about a healthy lifestyle. This week children have worked with fitness experts from FreddyFit, planted vegetables and fruit in our allotment and focussed on the importance of getting a good nights sleep as part of our health week

Help raise funds for Lea Forest

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

Have you registered to support us through easyfundraising yet?

It’s a really simple way to raise money for us through your everyday online shopping with over 3,600 big name retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and ASOS, and it’s completely free!

Please ask family and friends to support us by clicking the link: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/leaforestprimaryacademy/

Football Results - HMS Birmingham Shield

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

On Thursday evening Miss Lewis, Mr Wills and the Yr5 and Yr6 team visited the Yardley Wood home of Chilcotes Primary school to play in the HMS Birmingham Shield. In a tough game our players battled against a determined Chilcotes Side eventually losing 3-2.

Despite losing out on a finals place our staff are incredibly proud of the teamwork and determination shown by all of our players and we look forward to maintaining a current postion as league leaders in both the girls and boys district leagues.

Love To Read

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

The Library of Birmingham is running a range of free reading activities over the Easter Holidays including craft workshops, storytelling sessions and trails around the Children’s library. You can find out more about these events on the Birmingham City Council website

Good luck and Congratulations

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

Miss Freeman leaves today for her maternity leave. Her baby boy is due very soon and we all wish her the best of luck! I’ll keep you posted. Also, Miss Oliver finishes school as Miss Oliver today and will return to school after the Easter break as MRS Wood. She is getting married in Cyprus during the holidays and we wish her and Luke the best of luck for the future.

I hope that you all have a FANTASTIC two weeks break!

Thank You

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

I wanted to take this opportunity as it is the end of term to say thank you for the continued support and dedication from our PCAB. They really do work relentlessly to make a difference for the children in our school. I would also like to say thank you for the huge engagement from parents and carers. We have had record turn-outs to events this term and the children love to see you in school and getting involved. We will be holding more ‘chill and chat’ events in the summer term and hope to see even more of you coming along and sharing your views and ideas.

This Week

posted 12 Apr , 4:39 by J Croxon

It has been HEALTH WEEK at Lea Forest and we have had additional lessons based around keeping fit and healthy. We were also joined by Freddy Fit for 3 days. All of the children and staff enjoyed their keep fit sessions and we hope to be joined by Freddy Fit again very soon. I’d also like to get some parents involved next time...Watch this space!

Apologies if you haven’t seen me around and about throughout this week, but I have been here, there and everywhere - working and supporting a number of other schools. It’s great to work with other schools and share some of the wonderful things we provide at Lea Forest. I was also involved in another schools Ofsted inspection this week which got me excited about our next inspection. We will be due an inspection from the autumn term this year and I can’t wait to show inspectors our REMARKABLE school where children are: big hearted, push their limits, are unusually brave and discover what’s possible. It’s always lovely to be back in school where I like to call ‘home’. We continue to build on strengths and create a wonderful culture and ethos. We have ended the week and the Spring term on a real high! It was absolutely fantastic to see so many parents, carers and relatives attending the Easter bonnet parade for Early Years and Key Stage 1. I was so impressed by the wonderful creations and some of the efforts that you’d all gone to. We were able to award 21 children with Easter eggs as prizes which were all donated through funds that the PCAB had raised. A big thank you to everyone that was involved in the organisation of the morning, which was truly REMARKABLE. It really helped that the sun was shining and we were able to have the catwalk outside.

Through to the Semi Finals - HMS Birmingham Shield

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

Our Year 5 and 6 football team was back in action this week as they played against The Beeches Junior school in the quarter finals of the HMS Birmingham Shield. In a closely fought game, our players showed resilience and determination - eventually breaking through a tough Beeches defence to score 3 stunning goals and earn our team a place in next week’s Semi finals against either Wheelers Lane School or Chilcotes Academy.

Final Scores :

Lea Forest 3 vs The Beeches Juniors 1

EAL Hub Trip To City Serve Kitchens

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

Miss Jones, Miss Peachey, Mr Croxon and 12 children from the EAL Hub had a fantastic experience at the CityServe Kitchens in Nechells on Monday. The children met the development chefs and helped prepare their own lunch and pudding as part of a healthy diet workshop.

We were very proud to hear of the children’s excellent behaviour.

Right's Respecting School Update

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

(Article 24 ) Children have the right to a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.

At Lea Forest, our school council and staff are committed to protecting our environment . This term we have helped to plant over 150 trees with Mr Haw and the Woodlands Trust . Our school councillors have also launched our class recycling boxes this week to help our school reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill. We’re very proud of their passion to want to improve conditions.

Early Years Activity Evening

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

Parents of our Nursery and Reception children were invited to our Easter Themed activity evening on Thursday. Children and parents had the opportunity to try a range of “eggciting” activities during the evening.

THANK YOU for coming along and showing so much enthusiasm.

We hope you had an “eggcellent” time!

Autism Awareness Week

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

This week our children have been learning about Autism and how they can help people with Autism. On Tuesday we met with Josh from the Autism Resources Charity. He explained what it is like to live with Autism and the challenges he faces. On Wednesday our children and staff came together for our Spectrum Non - Uniform Day, raising £221.60 for the National Autistic Society. If you have any questions or would like advice about Autism please speak to Mrs Tarrant .

Easter Competitions

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

We’re running two Easter competitions:

Children in Key Stage 1 and Early Years can create and decorate their own Easter Bonnet for our Easter Parade that will be taking place on Friday 12 April at 9:10am (hopefully outside, weather permitting).

Children in Key Stage 2 can decorate their own hard boiled egg and create an Easter scene ready for Friday 12 April.

We have LOTS of prizes!

This week

posted 8 Apr , 8:39 by J Croxon

We have been celebrating autism in school this week and have held a few events based around this theme. There was an assembly on Tuesday, non-uniform day on Wednesday where we managed to raise £221.60 for the National Autistic Society and we also had some of our children who have a diagnosis of autism visiting each of our classes and reading stories based on living with autism. Thank you to the children involved in helping to organise these events along with Mrs Tarrant that have raised awareness of autism in the school,

It’s been a successful week in regards to our sporting teams too! On Monday evening our mixed football team managed to secure a win and are now through to the semi-finals of the HMS Birmingham Shield. More information about this event can be found on page 2. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to accompany Miss Lewis and Miss Mclaughlin to Birmingham University, where our Year 3/4 dodgeball team were playing in an all Birmingham finals event organised by School Games and Sport Birmingham. The children made it all the way to the finals where they unfortunately narrowly lost out on the top spot.

We are extremely proud of the children that represented the school for this event as they showed terrific skills and sportsmanship. We’ll be back again next year to secure 1st position. Thank you to Miss Lewis for her continued dedication ensuring our children get the opportunity to play in such events.

We held a really successful Early Year activity evening on Thursday evening and it was great to see so many of you attending. There were a wide range of activities to choose from including: an Easter egg hunt, hat making, arts and crafts and writing opportunities. Mrs Gonzales and the Early Years team have been really impressed with the interest in these events and we are looking to roll out more evenings like this throughout the whole school. There will be more information about this after Easter.

Next week

We have a fun-packed week ahead on the run up to the Easter holidays. I’m delighted to let you all know that Freddie Fit will be school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, carrying out fitness sessions with classes as part of health week. We also have the Book People in school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

More information on page 2. Next Friday, we will be holding a bonnet parade for Early Years and Key Stage 1, so time to get creative. We will carry out the parade on Friday morning from 9:10am. There will be prizes for the best bonnets. Key Stage 2 are asked to make an ’eggselent’ hard boiled egg model. I look forward to seeing your creations.

Thanks again for such a REMARKABLE week at Lea Forest.