May 2020

Thank A Teacher Day

Friday 22 May 9:30am

On Wednesday this week it was ‘Thank a Teacher’ day and the staff at Lea Forest quite rightly received lots of wonderful messages from you all, THANK YOU for taking the time to leave a message on the ‘Thank You’ Padlet on our website which can be viewed here. There’s still time to add messages if you didn’t get chance on Wednesday. One of you lovely parents also sent a very complimentary email to AET, our academy trust. THANK YOU for your kind gestures.

Thank A Teacher Day

Friday 22 May 9:30am

Well Done

I would like to share some good news with you all about two members of our REMARKABLE staff who have achieved some great things this week. Mr Taylor has been working on his NPQH (National Professional Qualification of Headship) over the last year. Mr Taylor heard the good news this week that he’s passed with flying colours. Well done, Mr Taylor. Also, this week, Mr White, who has been studying and completing his Masters Degree also heard the good news that he’d passed. Well done and fully deserved, Mr White.

Half Term

Friday 22 May 9:30am

Following Birmingham City Council and our Academy Trust’s advice, we will be completely closing over half term from Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020. Given the immense planning and school reorganisation that needs to be completed before Monday 1 June 2020, I feel it is necessary to deep clean and re-equip our classrooms and areas over this period of time. I also have a duty of care to enable all staff to have a break, in order for us to all be working to our maximum capacity when we return for key year groups, those that are vulnerable and children of key workers on Monday 1 June 2020. It’s also an opportunities for our families to all have a week off from school work.

Returning to School

Friday 22 May 9:30am

Thank you so much for all your messages and phone calls - it’s been wonderful receiving your encouragement and support. We want to make this a positive and caring experience for all our children, looking after them to ensure they feel safe and settled as we ease them back into school life. Throughout the last week we have been sharing lots of information with you. We have created a landing page on our website with the most up-to-date information. This can be found here:

I appreciate how challenging and uncertain these times continue to be, and many of you will continue to have questions. To help, we have developed a list of FAQs which can be found here and on our website. We will continue to update the FAQs as we develop our plans, but if you have any questions that haven’t been answered, do not hesitate to contact school - we will be happy to help.

We will continue with our virtual learning for those children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 and also for children not attending school in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Our Virtual School can also be found on our website:

Thank you again for your support and understanding during these times. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we’re running as normal again. Have a lovely half term and switch off until 01/06/20.

LFP - Episode 5

Friday 15 May 13:30pm

This week’s episode is a ‘Science Special’.

A huge thank you to the staff involved in producing these weekly podcasts. They can now be heard on Spotify, Apple Music Amazon and Google Play

Click here to listen on SoundCloud

Congratulations to Mrs Morsley

Friday 15 May 13:30pm

MORE BABY NEWS! It is an absolute pleasure to be able to share news of joy. I am sure you will join us all in congratulating Mrs Morsley and her family on the birth of their son and child number 4, Eddie. Eddie was born at 06:35 am on 13th May 2020, weighing exactly 8lbs. Both Mrs Mrs Morsley and Eddie are healthy and enjoying being home. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Morsley back from her maternity leave in September where she will continue to deliver Spanish lessons throughout school.

Planned Reopening of School

Friday 15 May 13:30pm

Every parent and teacher has been watching the news with bated breath to find out when and how schools will reopen.

We understand that you will have fears and frustrations over the government’s decisions to send certain year groups back on 1st June.

Please hold onto the fact that as a school we have put the best interests of our children first every step of the way during this difficult time; we have kept our children safe and kept you fully informed.

We ask that you continue to trust us over the coming months.

Trust us that we will plan very carefully how our school could reopen. This planning stage is crucial to ensure we get it right so please be patient with us. As soon as plans are finalised we will communicate this with you carefully and answer any questions you will have.

Amazing Lea Forest

Friday 15 May 13:30pm

Amazing Lea Forest

We are so incredibly proud to be part of our remarkable family at Lea Forest Primary Academy.

Over the past few weeks, we have been so touched by the incredible messages of thanks on our ‘Thank You Wall’ and been so encouraged by the quality of home learning we have seen from our children. The whole community has pulled together to support one another.

As a school and a community, we have risen to the challenge that this current crisis has presented! We know many of you have really appreciated how staff here have gone above and beyond to support you with in all possible ways, from live bedtime stories, phone calls to food parcels and so much more. Although this has been a challenging time, we have seen even stronger relationships forming between home and school.

A Message From Mr Clarke

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. We continue to be remarkable at Lea Forest even through these times of uncertainty. As part of AET’s commitment to ensuring every child is able to continue their education during this period of remote working, we’ve issued over 120 Chromebooks, Laptops, iPads and\or a mobile broadband (MiFi) devices with more yet to be issued next week. These devices have been provided solely for the purpose of completing school work and joining educational groups as directed by your child’s academy. They should not be used for general purposes such as social media, online shopping or streaming media.

Please note, devices issued by AET have been restricted to work only with an academy login. There is no value to the devices outside of this and they should only be used by academy students. Additionally, all mobile broadband (MiFi) devices have now been set to a 2GB data limit after some families taking advantage of our kind offer. Once this limit is reached the device will cease to work. The limit set is sufficient for pupils to complete any work set by their academy. It will not accommodate additional data uses outside of this, such as streaming or downloading media.

Don’t forget to watch our online assembly on our YouTube channel this afternoon at 3:30pm. Stay home and stay safe - we miss you lots!

Mr Clarke

A Message From The DSL Team

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

On behalf of the DSL and Learning Mentor Teams can I thank all the parents that we have spoken to over the past weeks for their positivity, kind words and well wishes. We miss you all!

Mr Wills

A Recipe from Mrs Hudson

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

Tune in to our LFP - Lea Forest Podcast

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

The LFP (Lea Forest Podcast) is a series of spoken, audio episodes for the children of Lea Forest Primary Academy and their families. Each episode is hosted by members of school staff and focuses on current topics and themes taking place at school. There are also opportunities for you and your family to get involved through interesting segments, which include 'Fact of the Day', 'Votes for Schools', 'The Social Media Minute' and the newly added 'Article of the Week' and 'The MfL Masterclass', so why not give it a listen?

Episodes so far include:

Episode 1: Home Learning

Episode 2: The Playground

Episode 3: Year 6 Special

Listen out for next week's episode where we will be discussing 'Online Safety'!

Character Curriculum

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

Thank you to all of the children that have been sending photographs of all the tasks you’ve been completing at home.

To find out more about our character curriculum, check out:

Spring is a beautiful time of year!

Friday 01 May 15:30pm

Please try to get outside and explore nature in your local area as your daily exercise with your family. Send Mr. Haw a picture and you might be featured in the next Newsletter!

Have a look for the many types of wildflowers that are growing at this time of year - here are some that Mr. Haw found while filming his Child of the week video: