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Easter Holidays 2020



Hello everyone! I hope that you are all well and have managed to get outside in the sunshine over the past week. I would really appreciate it if you could continue to email me your photographs of whatever you have been up to since school has had to close; I will add all of these to your child's Learning Journeys!  If your child has completed any of the work from below, or from the home learning packs, please send me a photo of that too, along with a little explanation of how well they did - thank you!  I'd love to see any other activities such as cooking, singing, dancing, painting, Easter egg hunting, reading or anything else that you may have done too please!


If you have any questions about what your child could be learning at home, please email me:




Enjoy the Easter holidays and I will be posting some more useful learning ideas as we go into the summer term.  Have fun!


Thank you for your continued support.


Mrs Gilman laugh





21st March 2020


Dear parents/carers,


As you know, Boyton School is now closed to all children who do not fall into the government's categories of those who are still permitted to attend. If you haven't yet received your child's learning pack from school for this week, please collect it during normal school hours from Monday 23rd March if you are not self-isolating.  


All learning resources will be available here on a weekly basis and will be a mixture of play-based, online games and written activities. I will try to keep the written worksheet type activities to a minimum, as I understand that not all families have access to printers. I will provide a range of suggested activities for both Reception and Nursery children which will continue to cover the EYFS curriculum.  Please email photos of what your children are doing at home, not just the learning activities, but other activities that you will be doing together as a family too!


We are all currently having to face very unsettling and unusual times and I completely understand if your child is not able to complete everything that is set for them.  Don't worry if this is the case, but please also keep me informed about what they are doing, even if it's helping you at home with chores, gardening or even having a movie night together!  I may not be able to see your children, but I am still very much interested in their all-round development.


If you have any questions about anything, please email me and I will respond during normal school hours as quickly as possible.  My email address is: jane.gilman@boyton.cornwall.sch.uk


Many thanks for your continued support.


Mrs Gilman



This week's learning (week beginning 23rd March 2020)



Reception"Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects"

Nursery -  " Recites numbers in order to 10"


Counting games:

  • Play a counting game where your child has to count a variety of items from around your home. Ask them how many there would be if you added one more or take one away (one less). Challenge your child by using more than ten objects (up to 20)
  • Send your child on a treasure hunt around your home - "Find me 3 apples...6 socks...1 packet of crisps..." etc.  You could set a timer too, to get them moving faster!  We call it Supermarket Sweep in my house smiley
  • Count everything!  Ask your child to help with chores, such as laying the table where they can count the cutlery or place mats, pairing socks and counting how many pairs they have found, count how many star jumps they can do in 1 minute or count out some seeds to plant.  If you go out in the car, choose a colour each and count how many vehicles of that colour you see.  The list really is endless!



Please continue to support your child's reading by listening to them read their Ditty Books and by sharing a book together each day.  Please encourage them to sound out any letters that they may see in every day activities too, e.g. food labels, shop names, road signs etc.



Please read to your child every day and encourage them to predict what might happen next, or describe how a character might be feeling and why.  See if they can recognise familiar words such as their own name and advertising logos. 


Please see the Reading Together link below.


Reception - we are currently learning the Set 2 sounds from the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics Programme.  Please encourage your child to say each sound aloud every day.  They should also be able to build words with these sounds in them (ask them about Fred Talk).  For example, the word play is built up from 3 sounds 'p' 'l' and 'ay'.  Fred the frog can only talk in sounds, so I would give the children the sounds and they then blend them together to build the words.  We also count the number of sounds in each word.  Here are some examples:


                              t - oy  = toy = 2 sounds

                     n - igh - t = night = 3 sounds

                     t - w- ir - l = twirl = 4 sounds

Picture 1

Nursery - 

We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme for our nursery children, leading on to the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics Programme's Set 1 Sounds in the summer term before they start school.  Letters and Sounds are based on developing your child's listening and speaking skills through activities which are divided into seven aspects: environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.  Many of these skills are learnt through everyday play, as well as speaking and listening activities, singing songs and nursery rhymes, reading stories and through role play.


It's important for nursery aged children to hear as many different sounds as possible and to be able to recognise and imitate these sounds, as well as having language modelled to them in a clear way at all times.  Sharing stories with repetitive language such as "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and singing songs such as "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" or "The Wheels on the Bus" will greatly benefit your child's language development.


Please try to include at least one activity every day like the suggestions below:


  •  Go on a 'listening walk' and talk about the different sounds that you have heard when you get home.
  •  Drum on different surfaces and talk about how the sounds change.
  •  Make your own shakers with different objects (rice, dried peas, beads etc.) and make loud or quiet sounds.
  •  Sing songs and nursery rhymes and clap/jump/stomp rhythms.
  •  Clap out the syllables of words or names of your family and friends' names.
  •  Play I Spy games with the initial sounds of words (use the letter sound rather than its name, e.g. 'a' as in apple rather than 'ay')
  •  Match objects that start with the same sound e.g. socks, sausages, snakes, stones etc.  Children could make their own sound bags for the first group of the Set 1 sounds (m, a, s, d and t).
  •  Break down words into each sound e.g. "Would you like some m - i - l - k?" and allow your child to work out what you are saying.


Please see the Letters and Sounds game link below.




Please allow your child to practise writing their name as much as possible, as well as helping you to write a shopping list, birthday cards or special occasion cards. Encourage them to write their own simple sentences using their knowledge of phonic sounds. 

The links below will help your child with their writing; please work through these at your child's own pace.



Encourage your child to make lots of marks and ask them what they have drawn or written. It doesn't just have to be a pen and paper either - they're good at writing in sand or mud with sticks, paint and shaving foam too!

Topic - Kernow Bys Vyken

We have been learning about Cornish castles this week.  We talked about Launceston Castle and how it can be seen as you drive through the town - please encourage your children to have a look if you drive past! 

Keeping Active!

Your children love keeping fit with Jump Start Jonny and Cosmic Yoga!


17th March 2020


If your child is absent from school at the moment and you would like some work for them to complete at home, please phone the office to arrange a time to collect a pack from school. Please only arrange to enter the school if you DON'T have any Coronavirus symptoms. 


Could you please email photographic evidence of any work that is completed at home to my email address:



If we are advised to close the school at any time, I will continue to provide online home learning resources for your children, so please check this page regularly to see what your child needs to do.


If you have any questions, please contact me on the above email address.


Many thanks,

Mrs Gilman