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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 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 focus for English this half term is the book Jack and The Beanstalk. We will use this text to learn about fairytales as well as explore non-fiction writing. In Maths we will continue to focus on Place Value, counting forwards and backwards, addition and subtraction. As well as continuing to build up our fluency and rapid recall of number facts.

This half term your child will also be taking part in cooking each week. Each child has chosen a cake or treat to bake from a variety of children's cookbooks. Your child will also take part in Messy Play. This activity allows your child to explore materials and their properties and engages their senses at a developmental level that is appropriate for them.

Reading at Home

Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. The reading logs will be checked regularly. Prizes will be given out for those children that read the most.


PE lessons will take place every week with your child's mainstream class. This half term Year 2 will be having PE on Monday and Year 1 on Tuesday as well as an extra lesson on Friday. Please make sure they are in the correct PE kit and their kit is in school.

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.

Parent Connect and SeeSaw

Please download our parent app 'Parent Connect' to stay up to date with school letters. Children's schoolwork will be uploaded to SeeSaw weekly so please make sure you are checking this. We would also love to see pictures of exciting news from home and learning tasks, please use Seesaw for this.