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The Leaf

The Leaf

Welcome to The Leaf!

Welcome everybody to The Leaf section of the website.

Class Teacher: Mrs Ottiwell
LSAs: Miss Sutton, Miss Farrow, Mrs Pasco and Mr Abadakai

If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask one of The Leaf team.

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

All children in the class have a 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.

As part of the curriculum in the leaf your child will also take part in activities in the sensory room, cooking and messy play. Don't worry we have aprons!!

Spring Learning

Our main topic for this half term is called Once upon a time. We will be exploring a range of fairy tales both in school and at home. Each week all English work will be based on a new story and a learning task will be set on Seesaw. 

In Maths we will continue to focus on Place Value, counting forwards and backwards, addition and subtraction.


PE lessons will take place every week. This half term the lessons will focus on team games and hand eye co-ordination.


Water bottles, snacks

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in each day - it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on bottles and refill them every day.

Children can purchase bread sticks at the start of each half term (see the school office) or bring a healthy snack for break time.