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Autumn Term 2020

 

 

Welcome back Butterflies Class and your parents and carers!

 

It's been great to see you all back at school and nursery!

 

As before, much of our learning will be outdoors, so it's essential that every child has the following with them every day:

 

  • A waterproof coat
  • Waterproof leggings
  • Wellington boots

 

If it's easier, waterproofs and wellies can be left at school/nursery.

 

Please ensure that they bring a named water bottle and footwear suitable for the weather.

Children may bring a packed lunch, or school meals can be ordered each day.  School meals are currently free for children in Reception, but are payable for those in nursery.

 

Reception children may also bring a Reading Folder with them so that they can bring home their daily reading books.  If necessary, a small bag with a change of clothes/nappies may be brought into school also.

 

Please do not send any other items from home, such as stationery items, but especially no soft toys please, as these cannot be easily cleaned at school.  Thank you.

 

 

 

If you require any additional information, please get in touch with me by email:

 

              jane.gilman@boyton.cornwall.sch.uk

 

Please remember to check the Lewannick and Boyton Schools' Facebook page for updates and scroll down this page for additional information.

 

 

Thank you.

 

Mrs Gilman smiley

 

 

This term's learning:

Our learning theme this term is "Super Scientists!"

We will be using our five senses to explore the world around us and learn how science is used everywhere.

Please have a look at some of the things that we will be learning this half term!

A New Way into Our Classroom!

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A video to show you the new way into our classroom from the 7th of September 2020. For those of you that returned to school and nursery in June, we will be using the same entrance for both drop-off and pick-up times.
Please note that children in Reception will come in to school at 8.50am and will finish at 3.15pm. Our Nursery morning drop-off time is 9am and pick-up time is 12pm. If your child stays at Nursery all day, our pick-up time is 3pm. Please ensure that you arrive promptly at these times to enable safe social distancing between all classes and their parents/carers. Thank you.
We are very excited to see you all after such a long time!

Book of the Week...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Staying healthy...

Wash Your Hands with Baby Shark!

Baby Shark's handwashing song to encourage good hygiene to stay healthy.

Mr Tumble's Brush Your Teeth Song

It's time to brush your teeth and keep them clean TWICE a day! Mr Tumble from Something Special has the best song to help you keep your teeth clean. Having t...

Music - A Keelie

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Mr Harrison teaches Butterflies a traditional song from Ghana called "A Keelie". It's a real ear worm.
Activity ideas for everyone!

 

Nursery Mark Making (writing)

Please continue to encourage your child to make lots of marks using a variety of materials, e.g. pens, pencils, chalks, paints, sticks in mud or sand, cotton buds with water, sticks in the air, their fingers in sand/mud/glitter etc. I have included a simple diary idea in this pack for the next week and will put one into each pack on a weekly basis. Your child could draw a picture in the box on each day and you could write what they describe. They could try writing their own words if they can! Please remember to date each diary entry!

 

 

Reading

Reception:

Please continue to support your child's reading by listening to them read their Ditty Books and by sharing a book together each day.  By using the Oxford Owl Reading link below, you can select a book for your child to read.  If you need advice on what book your child should be reading, please ask me via email.  Please continue to record what your child reads in their reading record - thank you.

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.

 

Nursery:

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. 

 

 

Phonics

Reception - we are currently learning the Set 1 sounds from the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics Programme.  Please encourage your child to say each sound aloud every day. 

 

We will be starting with these sounds:

 

                                  m   a   s   t   d

 

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.

 

You could try the following activities to help your children to develop their listening and speaking skills:

 

  •  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.
USEFUL LEARNING LINKS:
Mathematics
Online Phonics Resources
Reading Together
General Learning

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