The Leaf

The Leaf 

What is The Leaf?
The Leaf is a special resourced class within Lewis Street Primary School which caters for children who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. It is based on Nurture Group philosophy.
It is staffed by a full time teacher and learning support assistants.
6 children can access the class at any one time.
The class is an integral part of the school and children join mainstream activities as part of their daily routines and transition programmes.

The Curriculum
Children in the class has an educational health care plan (EHCP). The curriculum is based on the Statuary Framework for Early Years and Key Stage 1 National Curriculum, and is differentiated according to each child’s stage of development.

All children have a full assessment when they first come to the class and this is then used to plan their learning.
Each child follows their own programme and their progress is closely monitored through observations and more formal assessments. Targets are shared and reinforced on a daily basis and achievement rewarded.
For children accessing the class full time, their transition to mainstream is carefully planned: children may join their peer group for lunchtimes, playtime and enrichment time. As they progress the transition will build on their strengths, allowing them to join classes where they will experience success. Each stage will be monitored and taken at the child’s pace.
There is a strong focus on PSHE and SEAL throughout all activities.

What are we learning in The Leaf this half term?

Topic

Our topic this half-term is called Paws, Claws and Whiskers. The children will be learning about a variety of animals from pets at home to animals in a Safari Park. We look forward to seeing the animals at Knowsley Safari Park in July. The children will also be finding out about a special dog called Winston and writing information leaflets. 

Our topic links to English where we are learning new sounds every day, to develop communication, language, reading and writing skills. Please encourage your child to read every night regardless of whether it is their school reading book or not. Parents and carers are encouraged to write a comment in their reading record and ensure it is in school every day, so that we can track their progress. Reading provides so many opportunities and opens so many doors to a child’s learning.

PE Days
Reception children Wednesday
Year 1 children Thursday
Year 2 children Tuesday
Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them on these days or leave them in school. Please can you clearly label your child’s uniform and PE kit to ensure the return of any lost items.

Home school diaries: Please use these to communicate daily, even if it is just a couple of lines to tell us what kind of evening/sleep/breakfast time/weekend, your child has had.

Homework

Well done to the children who have been working very hard at home - and thank you to the grown ups who have been helping them! Remember that you can choose which activities you do and how you to to present it. Well done also to the children who are learning their spellings each week. Remember there is a prize for getting them all right!

Staff: Mrs Miles, Mrs Ottiwell, Miss Sutton, Miss Farrow, Miss Mitchell and Mrs Pascoe