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Welcome to Tala Class


Tala Class Teacher is: Mrs Cannings


Our topic for Summer Term is: Magnificent Monarchs

In this history-based unit, we will learn about English and British monarchs from AD 871 to the present day and consider how the power of the monarchy has changed over time. Children will study six significant sovereigns; Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Finally, they will choose which of the sovereigns are the most significant and why.


In literacy, we will be writing stories with rhyming couplets using the model text, 'Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine.'


Our focus in maths for year 1 is position and direction, place value (within 100), money and time. In year 2, we will be looking at fractions, time, mass and capacity.


The children will be identifying and naming a variety of plants in their habitats in science. We will also be learning about microhabitats.


In art and design, children will learn about portraiture. We will analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today. Children will use photo editing software to create royal portraits.


We will be learning about different types of fabrics in design and technology and the significant British brand Cath Kidston. Children will learn about sewing patterns and using a running stitch and embellishments before making a sewn bag tag.


In R.E we will be continue exploring Islam, learning about Jumu’ah; Friday prayers.


Our focus in PSHE, is ‘Changing Me’, where we will be discussing how to cope positively with change.


Bushcraft sessions happen every Tuesday - please send in wellies and waterproof coats/trousers for this session. We have plenty of waterproof trousers or wellies if required.


PE Sessions will be Thursdays with our PE Specialist Instructor. Please send in PE Kits on a Monday in case we fit in an additional session or your child needs to get changed at any point. We also complete the 'Daily Mile' each day so your child can change into PE shoes if preferred.


Important dates:

Friday 1st July - Visit to Oxford Castle.

Tuesday 5th July - Tala Class Assembly at 9am - Tala Class parents are invited.

Wednesday 6th July - Year 2 visit Torak Class to meet new teacher.

Friday 15th July - 2pm Sports Day.

Wednesday 20th July - Last day of term - 2pm finish.



Please see below the Knowledge Organiser for our topic which provides the children with the prior knowledge to support them in this topic and the key vocabulary which will enable them to access content.

Knowledge Organiser

Please see below the homework for the whole of the summer term

There are 8 activities and some will need longer to complete. For example, activity 4 is a longer task which requires using the internet or information books to find out about Elizabeth I and writing an information leaflet. Whilst, activity 1 could be completed over 1 week which requires a sentence to explain the meaning of key vocabulary from this unit.