Tarka Autumn Term 2022


Tarka class have enjoyed our new English text Dear Mother Goose by Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt. Nursery rhyme characters write to Mother Goose for advice/help with their problems and Mother Goose writes some very funny replies! The children have written their own letters to Mother Goose and sang lots of Nursery Rhymes this week.

We have done lots of learning about Harvest this week; we have thought about the meaning of Harvest and written what we are thankful for. We went up to the school orchard and harvested our own apples! We tasted different fruits and the children had a challenge to ‘eat the rainbow’ by choosing a piece of fruit from each colour in the rainbow. We also used fruit and vegetables to print a rainbow. We will be sharing some of the children’s learning about Harvest in the church service on Tuesday afternoon.

Family groups - paired reading


The children were excited to receive a letter from Humpty Dumpty this week! He was asking their advice on a problem he had. Tarka class had some good ideas and enjoyed writing back to him.

We listened to a new piece of music and discussed the instruments we could hear. We tried to find the pulse of the music – marching, clapping, swaying and jumping in time to the beat.

In PSHE, we learnt about Road Safety and helped some children in the video make the right decision. We learned about the different types of road crossings and how we can keep ourselves safe.

We started to talk about our topic Discovering Britain. The children thought about places in the UK that they have visited and we looked at the flags and flowers that represent England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Miss Burnell read the story of The Lost Sheep in RE. The children acted out and retold the story using puppets.

Tarka Class - Home learning week ending 9th September   

We have had a lovely week getting to know each other and learning the new routines for Year 1. We worked together to create our class rules and the children have found resources around the classroom.  

Our focus author this half term is Catherine Rayner; the children have enjoyed hearing many of her stories and looking at her beautiful illustrations.

In maths, we have been measuring height, using the language of tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest, shortest.

In English, we have read the story After the Fall by Dan Santat. This is the story of how Humpty Dumpty got back up again after falling off the wall! We have used the text to discuss our learning powers. Humpty Dumpty had to be very resilient and use perseverance to overcome his fear of heights. We will refer to this to help us overcome problems in our own learning.