November 2019

Reading Reminder

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Please help us to support reading at home by ensuring that your child’s home reading record is signed everyday and bought into school with your child’s home reading book so that it can be updated and changed during their reading session. Reading is a major focus this year and we will providing support, including story telling sessions from our Librarian, Mrs Clarke and workshops with Miss Evans. If your child isn’t bringing a diary or reading book home, please inform their teacher.


Make Every Day Count

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Our attendance is continuing to improve week on week and we are on track to beat our 96% target this term! Let’s keep this great work going and make sure every day counts.

Should you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please make an appointment with Mr Wills or Ms Wale to discuss this.


Freddy Fit

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Freddy Fit has been back in the hall this week working with all of our children to help develop healthy and active lifestyles.

Freddy has also been busy working with our play leaders teaching new activities for them to use at lunchtime with our school community.


Assessment Information

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Year 2 and Year 6 have been completing assessments this week. These are the first set of the tests for this year.

ALL Year 2 and Year 6 children sit SATS tests in May and these initial tests allow us to baseline where the children currently are and helps us identify what further support if needed.


Building Update

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Work to dig out the foundations has started on the Hurstcroft Road side of the site . Next week should see the demolition of the old caretaker’s house which will eventually be replaced with an extended Key Stage 2 building that will include new classrooms. We cant wait to see the building start to take shape over the coming months.

Please help us to keep our children safe by reminding them that constructions sites are dangerous places that they must not enter.


Bug Club Reading Event

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Lea Forest were in action at Sedgemere Road in the 5-A-Side Semi Finals this week, with teams from the East Birmingham Schools FA. Here are the results from this week’s fixtures:

LFP 5 vs Starbank 0

LFP 2 vs Mapledeane 1

LFP 4 vs Elms Farm 0

Bug Club Reading Event

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

Parents of children in Early Years, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 are invited to attend our Bug Club Reading Event on Tuesday November 19 at 2:30pm.

Come along and learn how to use a this great online resource at home to help support reading with your child.


Message From Mr Clarke

posted 15 Nov , 16:58 by J Croxon

We started the week with Remembrance Day and I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Taylor and Mr Haw who both ensured that our Remembrance event was a successful and memorable experience. As always, the children showed their respect in a sensible way.

We spotted hundreds of odd socks at Lea Forest on Tuesday as we celebrated and supported Anti Bullying Week on Tuesday. Thank you to everyone for taking part and showing that ‘change really does start with us’.

We had a visitor in school on Wednesday who is a consultant Headteacher for 5 AET schools. I gave him a tour of Lea Forest. We visited classes and talked to children about their experiences and learning opportunities within school. He also got time to look through the children’s work. He was absolutely blown away by the high standards and expectations we have here at Lea Forest. He was also very complimentary of our wonderfully polite children.

We held another Early Years event on Thursday. The Light and Dark event was not well attended. Thank you to the parents and carers that did attend. It’s always such a great experience for children when you are able to join in with their learning.

We have ended the week with our spotty day in aid of Children In Need. Some of the children made a fabulous effort with their spotty outfits.

Looking ahead to next week, we have Road Safety Week. We will be teaching lessons based around road safety and ensuring the children are safe. This is a continued programme and is part of our curriculum which Miss Hadfield has constructed specifically for our children at our school. Please speak to your children about road safety and help by parking safely around school.

We also have a Reading Bug session for parents next Tuesday at 2:30 which will be led by Miss Evans and will be for any parents/carers of children in Nursery, Reception, Y1, Y2 and Y3.

Happy weekend! See you all next week!


Early Years Applications

posted 11 Nov , 7:58 by J Croxon

From Tuesday 12th of November we will be assisting parents with their Early Years applications - Pop along to Nursery after 11:45am and Mr Croxon will be available to help you complete the online form.

If you wish to complete the form now please use the links below:


Birmingham Residents:

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20119/school_admissions/1786/apply_for_reception_primary_school/4


Solihull Residents:

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Schools-learning/schooladmissions/School-admissions If you have any queries please contact Mr Croxon via class dojo or 0121 675 3985


Panathlon

posted 11 Nov , 7:58 by J Croxon

We had a fantastic time in London on Thursday as we participated in the National Panathlon Finals at the Copper Box Area in London’s Olympic Park.

Our children took part in a range of activities and finished 5th in their group.

Thanks to our staff and parents for supporting our children at this remarkable event.

This activity linked to article 31 of the Unicef Rights of the child.


Attendance Update

posted 11 Nov , 7:58 by J Croxon

Our attendance is still looking good. Thank you to everyone for making such a tremendous effort!

This week’s attendance was:

94.82%

Our year to date total stands at:

95.73%

Here’s our top classes of the week:

1st - 6NN with 98.00%

2nd - 2SJ with 97.86%

3rd - 4WH with 97.50%

4th - 4ST with 97.14%


Mr Clarke's Message

posted 11 Nov , 7:58 by J Croxon

First of all, I would like to welcome you all back after a well-earned half term break. It’s always great to see so many happy and eager children ready to come back to school after a holiday. I trust you all had a lovely week and are now making preparations as we approach Christmas. I really can’t believe how quickly time flies and we are already starting to talk about Christmas. As always, we will be holding lots of events, so watch this space for further information…

We’ve really hit the ground running this week and got straight back into learning. There’s been lots of additional sporting events this week and I’m so proud of all of our achievements and successes we are able to celebrate as a school. You can find out more about the sporting events on page 2.

On Wednesday of this week we welcomed our Governors into school. Our Governors come with a wide wealth of experiences within education and it’s always great to see what they think of things at Lea Forest. I am delighted to report that, once again, we knocked their socks off! They were amazed by the children’s behaviour, the children’s learning, and by the dedication and support the staff (at all levels) provide. The Primary Director of Education for AET commented, “It is always a pleasure to visit such an OUTSTANDING school where remarkable things are being achieved.”

We have a number of events ahead of next week, including: Our special Remembrance Day Celebration on Monday, Odd Socks Day on Tuesday and the Light and Dark Event for EYFS on Thursday after school. Other events can be found on our school calendar (on the website) and some additional dates are highlighted on page 2.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents of Max and Henry Larkin, who have donated some sporting equipment to school from their company Lark and Larks. This equipment will further enhance the provision we have for sports in school. Thank you!

A final note: Some parents and local residents have complained about other parents swearing and smoking at the school gates. As we continue to raise the profile of the school, we would please request that you respect the code of conduct policy and ensure the environment remains safe for all of our children.


Half Term

posted 28 Oct , 7:58 by J Croxon

We will be closed from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November and reopen for all children on Monday 4 November for the second part of the autumn term. Please make sure you check class dojo and the website calendar as we have an event packed term ahead and we don’t want you to miss out on anything.