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Summer 1


This term we are concentrating on Superheroes in our learning - we are starting by reading and writing about the adventures of Superworm before moving on to Brave and Supertato, then exploring real life heroes.  We will use this as inspiration for our continuing quest to improve our writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. Later on in this term we are going to have to put all our learning to good use to save the day - during our superhero day. Within Maths some of our learning is about number bonds, pattern, odd and even, sharing equally and numbers beyond 10.  We shall also be problem solving and using our understanding to design our own Supercapes. We shall use material properties to help us decide which fabric is best for the task of protecting us.  Keep on looking at our individual class pages to see our learning happening.  As the weather improves we will start planting in the outdoor area, learning about the growing process and what plants need to survive. 

Spring 2


Welcome to the second half of our Spring Term.  We are very excited as our topic this term is Minibeasts and we have a minibeast day planned to ignite the children's interests in this fascinating topic.  We will be using their interest to help continue reinforcing our letters and sounds particularly when we are writing about all those little beasts!  We will also continue to move our mathematical understanding forward by exploring greater than and less than including their mathematical symbols (ask your children all about the greater Gator and his hungry mouth) alongside knowing our number pairs to 5. Lastly, as the term progresses our focus will include exploration of the following books (the hungry little caterpillar; the snail and the whale and I love bugs). 


Later in  the term we will also be exploring a butterflies lifecycle and will have some special visitors in our classrooms until they are ready to fly!  


Remember to keep checking on our classroom areas for updates and photos!

Spring 1

This term we will explore our Local Area, London and the World.  We will walk around our school and create a map of it.  We will use Google Earth to visit familiar places in Dagenham as well as travel to London to see landmarks.  We will explore the words village, town, city and countryside and further afield and look at  how these places are different and their meaning to us.  We will use the globe to explore travelling distances and transport. 


In maths we will continue to investigate and learn number bonds to 5, the names and properties of solid shapes and doubling.  Within phonics we will reinforce our known sounds and continue to learn different digraphs.  We will start to read and write simple sentences using this knowledge and high frequency words.



​​​​​​Autumn 2


Welcome back!  We have now settled into our classes and continue to establish friendships.


This half-term topic is 'Animals' and we have started our learning with sea animals. Children are enjoying listening to stories about underwater creatures and using their own skills to create a fish patterns and an octopus. We are learning that fish can breath in the water using gills, that the octopus has 8 legs and the starfish has 5 arms!

We will continue to explore environments and habitats to learn about amazing animals around the world.



Please visit our individual class pages to see our learning in progress

Autumn 1


We are very pleased to welcome you at the beginning of the new school year.  We have been  busy settling into our new classes and have been making new friends.


Our topic this term is 'All About Me' and we will be learning about ourselves and our family. This will include learning about our families, our bodies and feelings and our family occupations (e.g. chef, gardener, artist). Some of our activities will include cooking and creating our own artwork.  We will also explore our family trees.  Watch out for any letters asking for your help!


Please visit our individual class pages to see our learning in progress.


Miss Lockyer and Miss Ricart.



Start time: 8:40

Be prompt- our learning starts from 8.45 am 

Lunch time: 12:00 - 1:00

Finish time: 3:15


PE Day: Tuesday. Please come to school in your PE kit on Tuesdays - black tracksuit bottoms/ shorts, white t-shirt and black trainers /plimsolls.



Other important things to consider:


  • Large plastic wallet (phonics) and small plastic wallet (Basic Knowledge-numbers and high frequency words) in class  EVERY DAY .
  • Library books will be changed every other week.
  • Reading Records and reading books come home and are changed on Fridays.  Please read with your child for a minimum of 10 minutes per day - sign their record to show how proud you are of them
  • Bring a book bag every day.
  • Bring a water bottle every day.


Remember to label ALL of your child's belongings with their name and class to help us minimise lost property. Please send in a bag with a spare clothes for your child to keep in class.


If your child is having a school dinner, please spend some time discussing the options with them so they can say what they would like in the morning.


ICT Links to help with learning:

Please use the links below to support your learning at home.


ICT Games: A selection of games for learning - please make sure you choose games ideal for your child's age to enhance their learning.


TEACH YOUR MONSTER TO READ is an interactive reading game. With the help of friendly monsters, the game helps children to learn sounds and develop their reading skills.  You will need to create a free account to access.


BBC Early Years English:



  • “I am very happy with Leys. My daughter’s progress at this school is amazing, I think the teachers are amazing.” (Parent)
  • “I’m starting to love this school! You all have made such great progress and I urge you: Keep up the great work!” (Parent)
  • “The Leys Primary School is a happy and caring place.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils are considerate of each other’s happiness.” (OFSTED)
  • An outstanding learning environment. All the children were engaged with their learning. A very friendly staff. (Borough Adviser)
  • “Pupils behave well in lessons and are respectful and polite around the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils respond well to the high expectations of the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils enjoy learning and are rightly proud of their work.” (OFSTED)