Tarka 20/21

2nd-13th November
We have started to think about our topic for this half term, Italy. The children have designed their own front cover for their topic books and learnt what colours are in the Italian flag.
Tarka class have been busy learning about an Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The children looked at some of Arcimboldo's artwork and discussed what they liked and disliked about the paintings. They have enjoyed being artists themselves, exploring matching fruit and vegetables to the features of their own face. 
In maths, we have been learning to identify 2D shapes, using the correct names and describing the number of sides and corners each shape has. 
In English, we have adapted the story of The Little Red Hen. The children wrote a new version of the story. Next week they will be planning and writing their own story!
Poppies for Remembrance...
Rainbow clothes for Children in Need!
Week beginning 16th November
This week Tarka paired up with Barum class and worked together to create a digital image of the Italian flag. They began to learn the traditional Italian Tarantella dance with Mrs Wise which they loved! In geography, we have been thinking about similarities and differences between the UK and Italy. Tarka class learnt about the differences in weather and climate between the two countries and adapted our class tree into a lemon tree. 
In maths, the children have learnt to name common 3D shapes and have enjoyed investigating which ones can be made with matchsticks and blue tac. They have also been thinking about position and direction.
The children also created some textured flags of Italy using collage.
Week Beginning 23rd November
This week the children have enjoyed reading a new test in English called This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe. They wrote a reply to Romeo, our new pen pal from Italy and told him about life in the UK. The children have been really interested to discover how different the lives of the seven children from around the world are to ours. 
In maths, we have been problem solving and finding number bonds within 10. We have also started to make our own subtraction stories. 
We ended the week by choosing gifts from the virtual Christmas shop and decorated the gift bags with Christmassy pictures and patterns. 
Week beginning 7th December
Christmas has arrived in Tarka class! The children have been very excited about advent. We made our own advent calendar. Each child decorated an envelope and added a number. We learnt about other advent traditions and thought about why December is such a special time for Christians. 
As part of our DT, the children tasted and rated different flavours of pizza this week. They are excited to design and make their own pizzas next week.
Countdown to Christmas!
We have had a busy week in Tarka class, getting very excited for Christmas. We loved making hats for our Christmas dinner.
Learning about the meaning of Christingle and making our own. The children enjoyed going out onto the playground to sing Away in a Manger. 
We we have learnt lots about the Nativity story this week and thought about why Christmas is so important to Christians. 
On Friday, we shared a Christmas party with Barnum class! The children loved playing musical statues, over and under and pass the parcel.