February 2019

This Week at Lea Forest

posted 8 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

This Week

WOW! What a week! We opened our doors on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to over 56 other head teachers, deputy head teachers and class teachers from schools far and wide. On Tuesday, we held two Cornerstones events which was an opportunity for us to showcase our new exciting curriculum. This involved looking at children’s learning in books, in classrooms and speaking to Mr White and Miss Oliver, our curriculum leads in school.

On Wednesday we held a whole day event through SSAT which focused on ‘impact and innovation’, exploring how we have developed our vision and looked in detail at the opportunities we provide for our children at Lea Forest. I am always very proud showing visitors around our school as it really is a great place to learn and work.

Here’s an example of comments from some of our visitors:

“ I had a great time at Lea Forest, thank you so much. The thing that stood out the most for me was the relationship between staff and children, as well as the enthusiasm, pride and passion the staff have towards the school and children.”

“Lea Forest is an inspirational place to visit - it must be great to work there.”

“The learning environment is designed to bring the children’s learning to life.”

“The school environment and ethos fully embraces the vision.”

We continue to drive our new vision of inspiring our children to choose a remarkable life. The new values are being used across the whole school and it’s great to see our children fully embracing them. Here’s a reminder of our values:

· Pushing their limits

· Being big hearted

· Discovering what’s possible

· Being unusually brave

Reminder, if you haven’t listened to our staff reading bedtime stories, you really must. Click here or scan the QR code to access these.

Finally, a HUGE thank you for doing better with attendance this week - we’ll crack it by working together. Thank you for another REMARKABLE week. Have a great weekend!

People Who Help Us

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

Our Nursery children had a fantastic week meeting lots of people from our community that help us in different ways. On Monday we met a Lollipop Lady, on Tuesday Mr Haw was a Chef and made a delicious stir fry for the children to taste. On Wednesday the children met Nurse Joy and learnt about her job as a nurse and had a chat with Mrs Clarke about her role as our librarian and on Thursday the children met with Mr Croxon who talked to the children about being safe when using technology. The children also met with Mr Jules and Miss Wakelam to learn about their jobs and how they help people in school. On Friday, Mr Clarke spoke to the children about being the Headteacher of Lea Forest and we also had a learning instructor on site.


#SaferInternetDay2019

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

This week all of our children have been learning about e-safety and how they can protect their own personal information when they use technology online. This links to article 16 of our Rights Respecting School Award which states that: Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child’s private, family and home life.

You can find out more information about e-safety and how you can use technology safely at home on our school website: Click here or scan the QR code to visit the e-safety mini site.


Clubs Reminder

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

All after school clubs finish next week. New clubs will be starting from Monday 25 February. Please remember that all clubs finish at 4:15pm and children must be collected from door number 2 on Hurstcroft Road by a responsible adult or older sibling (16+).

Parking

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

Please help to keep our children safe by parking safely and legally away from the main gates and zig-zag markings. Our parking patrol and officers from West Midlands Police will continue to monitor the parking situation.

Absence Reminder

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

Please ensure that you contact the school absence line on 0121 675 3984 which is manned from 8am to 4pm . Parents can also leave a message on the answerphone or send a text with your child’s name and the reason for absence to 07860041834. This MUST be done on the day of absence.

Please note: Failure to provide a reason will result in your child receiving an unauthorised absence mark.

Stay and Play

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

Stay and Play returns to Lea Forest on Thursday 14 February at 1:30pm. All children between 2-3 years of age are welcome to attend with their parents/carers. Come along and meet our Early Years team.


Yr1 Dinosaur WOW Days

posted 8 Feb , 16:35 by J Croxon

Our children from 1HM and 1RW had a fantastic two days creating and building their very own model dinosaurs with the help of expert model maker, Anthony James from Creaturama. Anthony is a very talented artist and has even been involved in making models for the legendary Jurassic Park films.

The children learnt how to draw and design their ideas on paper first, before moving onto building and then painting their dinosaur models!

Here’s what our children had to say:

“My dinosaur has big teeth and sharp claws” - Chelsea 1HM

“ It was lots of fun and really messy, “ Dean 1HM

“My dinosaur has a huge tail and a big tall neck.” Junior 1RW


This Week at Lea Forest

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

This Week

We were off to a remarkable start to the week on Monday when our girls’ football team represented Lea Forest in a nail biting competition. Also on Monday, our Y6 team and Mr Haw met with some of the Y6 parents, after school, to discuss the forthcoming residential experience.

I have managed to spend some time in every classroom this week and it always makes me feel so proud to see how well the children of Lea Forest enjoy and achieve.

We continue to drive our new vision of inspiring our children to choose a remarkable life. The new values are being used across the whole school and it’s great to see our children fully embracing them. Here’s a reminder of our values:

· Pushing their limits

· Being big hearted

· Discovering what’s possible

· Being unusually brave

Finally, if you haven’t listened to our staff reading bedtime stories, you really must.

We are uploading at least three stories a week, so these can be shared at home. We’ve received some really positive feedback so far. Click here or scan the qr code with your phone or tablet to visit the website.

Thank you for another REMARKABLE week. Have a great weekend!

Rights Respecting School Award

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

Miss Hadfield and our school council have been working hard on gathering evidence to gain the SILVER Rights Respecting School Award. The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children's rights at the heart of our school. Unicef works with us to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. I will be sharing a different right with you each week…

This week’s right of the week is Article 14, which links beautifully with Mrs Newbold’s wonderful assembly all about the Holocaust.

Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.

Good News!

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

I have some very exciting news to share with you all this week…

Our Academy sponsor, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) , have been very impressed with our performance of late and are very keen to make Lea Forest the school of choice in the local area. One way of doing this would be to improve our main entrance. I have been in negotiations for a while now and can finally announce that AET have agreed to fund a brand new entrance for our school. I’m sure you will all welcome this great news. We will be looking at relocating the main entrance to Hurstcroft Road where the link corridor currently stands, we aim to keep you all informed as plans progress with this exciting project.

Nursery's Porridge Adventure

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

Our Nursery children had a great adventure this week as they learnt all about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After hearing the story, our children visited Mrs Carter and the cooks in the school kitchen to try some porridge, just like the bears!

Whilst the porridge cooled, the children went for a walk around the school looking for lots of frozen objects in their playground.

Sporting Success At Villa Park

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

We are incredibly proud of our girls football team and Miss Lewis. This week, they participated in the Clifton and Ninestiles district girls football tournament against 14 other schools. The girls managed to finish top of their group with 3 wins and a draw which saw them through to a dramatic semi-final game against St George’s Primary School with our girls working hard throughout the game to score two fantastic goals and earn a place in the final against Hillstone Primary. With both teams equally matched at fulltime (with a 1-1 score), the match went to penalties and sudden death with our girls finishing in a well deserved second place.

Results:

Group Games: Lea Forest 1 vs 1 Chandos Lea Forest 2 vs 1 St John & St Peters

Lea Forest 3 vs 0 Leigh Lea Forest 3 vs 0 Harper Bell

Semi Finals: Lea Forest 2 vs St George’s 0 Final: Lea Forest 1 vs 1 Hillstone (LFP 3 vs 4 Hillstone Penalties)

Coding Club - Hour of Code

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

Our children have been having a great time in our lunchtime coding club with Mrs Green. So far they have completed Stage 1 of the Minecraft challenge and earned a certificate for completing their first hour of code.


Absence Reminder

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

Please ensure that you contact the school absence line on 0121 675 3984 which is manned from 8am to 4pm on the day of absence. Parents can also leave a message on the answerphone or send a text with your child’s name and the reason for absence to 07860041834.

Please note: Failure to provide a reason will result in your child receiving an unauthorised absence mark.

Medication Reminder

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

We are reminding all parents and carers that any medication must be bought into school via the main office and should be clearly marked with the dosage, child’s name and instructions. Parents must collect the medication from the office at the end of the school day.


Extreme Weather Reminder

posted 1 Feb , 16:31 by J Croxon

We will endeavour to keep school open, but in the event of a school closure, we will alert you via text, ClassDojo, Twitter, FaceBook and on the school website banner.

Closures will also be announced on Free Radio and BBC Radio WM