Tarka Spring Term 2023


The children loved being authors this week! We changed the story of Mrs Armitage and used the story map to write the new story.

We have started learning about materials in Science. We discussed different types of materials: wood, glass, fabric, metal, paper, cardboard and plastic. We looked at lots of objects and classified them into the correct group. Some objects were made of more than one type of material. E.g. scissors are made of metal and plastic. Tarka class enjoyed going on a materials hunt around school!

In history, we learnt about key events in the 1960s and discussed how these influenced the toys and games at the time.


We have enjoyed hearing all about what you found out from grandparents and people who were alive in the 60s. We also had a go at classifying different toys and games into 1960s and the present day. We compared the toys and games and discussed some overlap between toys from the 60s to now.

 In English, we recapped the meaning of a noun and an adjective and identified some from our Mrs Armitage story. The children had fun making up their own expanded noun phrases to describe the objects in the story.

Tarka class enjoyed playing snakes and ladders in maths! We noticed that the numbers are in the opposite order to a hundred square. Playing this game was helpful for number recognition up to 100! The children also used the dienes to find one less/one more and ten less/ten more than a given number up to 100.


Tarka class have enjoyed our new, funny English text Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake. We have discussed likes, dislikes, puzzles and patterns from the story and written about Mrs Armitage as a humorous character.

We have continued to partition two-digit numbers into tens and ones using the dienes/Base 10 equipment. We have looked closely at a hundred square, learnt about columns and rows and had a go at completing 100 square puzzles!

 Our History enquiry question is How do our favourite toys and games compare with those of the 1960s? The children loved learning about toys and games from this era and started to discuss similarities and differences to our favourite toys and games. We learnt a bit about birthdays and music in the 1960s. Tarka class enjoyed listening to Penny Lane by The Beatles and started to learn to sing Yellow Submarine in singing assembly with Mrs Hughes.