Tarka Summer Term 2023


Tarka class have worked hard being fabulous illustrators and authors this week. They have created their own lift the flap page about Mini-beasts for our class book J

We continued to learn about the months of the year and days of the week. The children had a go at solving problems using a calendar.

In Geography, we used our prediction and reasoning skills to match animals to the correct continent.

We have been practicing reading lots of real and nonsense words in phonics, in preparation for the phonics screen assessment after half term.


We have explored the features of our non-fiction text, Ocean, and learnt some of the technical vocabulary used to describe the sea creatures. We went on a hunt around the school grounds and gathered facts about mini beasts, to help us create our own class lift-the-flap information text.

In maths we have been working on addition and subtraction using a number line. We have been solving problems involving the days of the week and months of the year.

In Geography, we recapped the names and facts about the five oceans and learnt about the seven continents. We used these songs to support our learning – oceans song, continents song - have a look at home!

We had a fun morning at Park School, attending the multi-skills festival! Tarka class enjoyed taking part in some exciting activities led by the sports leaders.


Tarka class wrote some lovely thank you cards to the volunteers at the RNLI, the Aquarium and the fish and chip shop who all took care of us in Ilfracombe last week!

We have started a new text in English called Hidden World: Ocean, a beautiful lift the flap fact book by Libby Walden and Stephanie Fizer Coleman. We have sorted ocean animals into different categories and learnt interesting facts about the sea creatures.

In Science, the children enjoyed an investigation observing animal ‘poo’ and ‘stomachs’ to identify what a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore might eat. We then classified animals by what they eat.

In Geography, we started to learn the names of the five oceans of the world and some facts about each one!


We started our week with a wonderful trip out to Ilfracombe! The children were and excited to explore the lifeboats at the RNLI station and the local sea life creatures at the aquarium. They had time for a play on the beach and enjoyed fish and chips for lunch! Well done Tarka and Barum class for your excellent behaviour all day.

Back at school, we wrote a recount of our trip, using all of the features we have learnt about over the last couple of weeks.

In maths, we have learnt about capacity and volume. The children have used comparative language to describe volume (full, half-full, nearly empty, empty) and started to measure liquid in ml. They enjoyed this Capacity Countdown game and asked me to pop it on the home learning for them to show you at home.

Tarka class have enjoyed some fun Coronation activities; making a collaged union jack flag, learning about what the Coronation means, finding out some facts about King Charles and drawing a portrait of our new king! We loved tasting the yummy treats you all sent in, thank you

This week the children have written a recount of our visit from the Lifeguards. They focussed on using time connectives at the start of their sentences and adding extra information.

In maths, Tarka class enjoyed using rulers and tape measures to measure length and height in centimetres (cm). They solved problems involving one more, one less, ten more, ten less. See the class blog for photos!

We have been learning about animals in Science. We thought about animals that live in a woodland, farmland, coastal and urban habitat. The children were good at classifying animals into groups, recognising their features to decide whether they are a bird, fish, mammal or reptile.


The children enjoyed sharing their Easter news. Thank you for sending in all the lovely photos and souvenirs.

In English, we are learning to write a recount. The children wrote a recount of their Easter holidays, using their photos to help. We have learnt that a recount needs to be written in chronological order and we can use time connectives (first, next, then, after that, finally).

We had a visit from the RNLI lifeguards on Wednesday. Tarka class learnt about how to stay safe at the beach, what to do if they were in danger in the sea and what the different flags mean. They made sea safety posters to remember the facts!