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Moon Class Reception

Welcome to Moon Class

Class Teacher: Ms Hedington

Class TA: Ms Brophy

LSA's: Ms Ebri & Ms Martin & 

Moon Class email address:


You are one in a minion!

Still image for this video
Just a little video message - can’t wait to see you all on 2nd Sept to greet you


It contains what we have got up to this term, important reminders for next academic year and ideas of what to do in the Summer holidays. 

Thanks for all your support over the year. 

Enjoy your 6 weeks holidays and shall see you back on Thursday 2nd September. 

Keep safe

Ms Hedington 




I will be regularly updating the website with information of what we have been learning at school, pictures of Moon Class learning from the week and maybe some ideas of what you could be doing at home to continue your child’s learning. It would also be lovely if you would like to show me your learning at home by emailing me pictures. Please send these to me at We can share these on our school website for your friends to see and at school!


Below are quick accessible links to some online learning.
 The home learning statement tab below is the Oaks National Academy which provides your child with some different virtual online classes so please use this facility. 

Some great life skills you can learn at home : )

Our Summer 1 Newsletter, things to look out for next term and some ideas of activities you can do at home. PE WILL BE ON MONDAYS ONLY :)

Summer 2

Week commencing 12.7.21

We have had a busy week. 

We have been carrying on our learning about the seaside and we have been making a list of what we would take to the beach.
Why not ask your children of things they would take to the beach to consolidate their learning at home?
We have also been talking about sun safety.. .

Ask your children

1. what they can wear on their heads to protect their face? cap/ sun hat

2. What can they put on their skin to protect themselves from the sun? sun cream

3. What can they drink to keep them hydrated and not get sick/sun stroke? water

4. what can they wear to protect their eyes? sun glasses 

5. If they get burnt what can you rub on the skin? after sun 

We have also been icing biscuits and making a fish on them and we went to the park to recap our learning on farm animals. The children loved it and they were so well behaved.



We had a great time at the farm! We saw chickens, horses, pigs, cows, kids ( baby goats), peacocks, sheep, goats, ducks, donkeys, rabbits, ponies, chicks, guinea pigs, lambs ( baby sheep), llamas, alpacas, ferrets and piglets ( baby pigs). The excitement was too much for some of us and we had a nap in the minibus on the way back :)

icing some biscuits into a fish :)

Week commencing 5.7.21

This week we have been learning how to tell the time- o’clocks. We made our own clocks and tried making our own o’clock times and reading it. 
Remember the minute hand ( long one) has to be on the 12 and the hour hand ( short one) points to the number to be “o’clock” 

Home challenges: 

Why not try reading some times at home on your clock? 
Try and draw your own o’clock times? 
Or talk to your adult about your daily routine- what you do in the morning through to night time?

Or you could watch YouTube - days of the week/ months of the year. 
If you don’t know try and find out your birthday? 

We are also learning about Summer till the end of half term. 
We will cover-

what we should wear in Summer?

how we can keep safe in Summer?  

what we can do in summer? 
We will talk about the seaside and the ocean and what sea creatures or nature we will find under the sea. 

we have enjoyed pretending to sell/eat fish and chips and ice Cream. 
we have sunbathed, swan in the sea, dressed up in our swimming gear, made sand castles from blocks, pretending to have a picnic on the beach and played in the small world under the sea tuff tray.
Home challenge: 

Talk about the above questions and topics 

watch on YouTube the clip seasons of the year 

Week commencing 28.6.21


Its PE/ Sports Week and what a busy week it was. 
We had an Athlete  ( Natalie Davies- gymnast) come into school to talk about her sport, demonstrated some gymnastic moves and showed us her floor routine of when she represented England in the Olympics. 
We did a fitness circuit 

Made a healthy fruit salad- we was very careful and sensible when using the sharp knife. 

We had a gymnastic session 

We learnt about the Olympics and tried out some sports e.g long jump, javelin, hurdles, relay 

We made different medals ( bronze, silver, gold) and role played this by standing on the podium. 

Week commencing 25.6.21

We made cookies and we made it healthier by adding sultanas :)

The interest was ballet. 

A child bought in her ballet costume and put it on for her class. We spoke about the tutu, leotard, tights and ballet shoes. We also talked about the style of dance- ballet and how it is an elegant dance to soft quiet music. 

We talked about if a person was to do ballet then they were be known as a ballerina. 

The child performed lots of ballet moves to her class and inspired the children to join in. 

Week commencing : 14/6/21


Pictures of free flow learning. 

We have also been learning 3D shapes and we learnt this cool poem to help us remember the 3D shapes and what they look like 

A cone is like a party hat 

A sphere is like a bouncy ball

A cuboid is like a building tall

A cylinder is like a can of pop 

A cube is like a dice you drop. 
3D shapes are here and there 

3D shapes are everywhere 

why not practise it at home and get your children to perform it to you? 

The interest was LOL dolls ( below) children used their fine motor skills and imagination to change outfits. Children then found out their LOL Doll name from finding the first letter of their name and then the month they were born in. 
We had cheer champ, retro dancer, glitter angel, cutey queen, glitter princess, party star. 
children then designed their own LOL doll outfit and did some writing. 
They also made up a dance sequence from drawing shapes to match a dance move which encouraged patterns and then performed the dance to the class. 
Lastly, children made an LOL placement.

The interest below was nerf guns. 
The children designed their target which encouraged number recognition and shapes. 
Children then made their target from cardboard and painted their target by copying their design which encouraged colour mixing. 
Children demonstrated to the class and gave verbal instructions how to work a nerf gun and then had a go at shooting their targets. 

Week commencing 7.6.21

In free flow children have enjoyed the sunshine and have been enjoying playing in the outdoor garden. We have been cleaning our garden area, planting our sunflowers and beans, exploring heavy and light equipment outside, doing science experiments and watching what happens when we mix colour chalks with water and children have enjoyed dancing and singing. Also children have been enjoying doing gymnastics in free flow and being prince's and princesses and we developed this interest further. We also role played Ben Ten as a child had a strong interest in this. We also have been learning about farm animals and their offspring ( baby) ( See all the pictures below) 

Children enjoyed doing gymnastics in free flow. I encouraged a child to pretend she was the teacher and teach them some moves and make up a routine. 

Look at our fantastic stretching, jumps and rolls and look at our video. 

Please check out an amazing gymnastic routine which a child has choreographed. 

Children- school videos- Reception

A strong interest was learning about Prince's and Princesses. 

The children designed a dress/suit for their favourite princess/prince, made a mood board, made a crown and dressed up as their favourite Disney prince/princess in free flow. 
The children then wrote about their character in their books.



We learnt Road Safety today in our Life skill session

We learnt:

zebra crossing- black and white stripes

pelican crossing- green and red man

lollipop person

learnt stop, look, listen, think before crossing a road

to sit in a car seat in a car and wear a seatbelt

to make sure we hold the adults hand while crossing the road

if we have a bike and scooter to get off them and walk it across the road- not ride it


We released our four butterflies. 

When we got them they were a caterpillar and then they turned into a chrysalis. They were in their little homes for a long time and sometimes we saw the wiggling. 

Then they turned into a symmetrical, beautiful, delicate and colourful butterfly. 

We gave them an apple, an orange and sugary water for their food and for energy. 

The Under the Sea Drama Work Shop 

The sea creature stole the Pearl from the Ocean and we had to try and get it back! 

We had to put our goggles, swimming suit/wet suit, swimming hat, flippers and oxygen tank on.

We saw a crab, jellyfish, shark, whale, starfish, coral and lots of fish.

We ate the sea creatures fish fingers and we found the Pearl! 



Spring 2 and Things to look out for in Summer 1 Newsletter

Week commencing: 24.7.21
We have learnt gymnastics this term!
We loved our gymnastic lessonssmiley

We have learnt: 

1. to travel in different ways e.g. jump, hop, leap, slide, crawl, walk, run, skip etc...

2. different rolls e.g. forward roll and dish/bowl roll and the technique and safety steps

3. to challenge ourselves and jump off from different heights 

4. different jumps e.g. pencil, star and tuck jump

5. different balances to help our core strength

6. the finishing pose e.g. 2 hands for girls/ 1 hand for boys


Week commencing 17.5.21

We learnt about personal hygiene, which means looking after our bodies. 

We learnt to; 

blow our nose, wash our hands, wash our bodies (roleplaying with the babies in the water tray) and learnt to do the laundry e.g. by taking our dirty washing to the washing machine and hanging it out to dry). 

See photos below and watch the germ buster video to learn the correct hand washing technique 


A great video for children to learn how to wash their hands properly and why it is so important y :)

Week commencing 10/5/21

We are gardeners!


Billy the Bee needed our help!
He wanted to plant some flowers but he dropped all the sequence cards of how to plant a seed. So we put the cards in order and then we planted our own sunflower seeds. 

We hope Billy will come and visit our sunflowers because we know bees want nectar to make honey and we know they like bright colours. 

Hopefully see you soon Billy the Bee. 

Love Moon Class. 


Why not try and plant your own seeds at home: 

1. Put some soil in a pot ( half) 

2. Put the seed in

3. Sprinkle some more soil over the seed so the birds don't see it 

4. Water the pot

5. Put it near some sunlight

6. Keep watering your pot and watch it grow! 


We also have been ordering flowers in our flower shop too smiley


We have also been learning the life cycle of a flower and parts of a flower. 

Seed- roots- stem- leaves- petal and flowers

Take a look at our potato printing flowers! 

Some children started looking for bugs after learning that insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts. We then decided to make a bug house for the worms, snails and slugs we found in the soil. 

We even picked them up and touched them. We are such brave gardeners! 

Take a look! 


WE MADE SMOOTHIES! We put coconut milk, blueberries and bananas in the blender and then we drank it! YUMMY!

Week commencing: 3/5/21
We learnt about oral health! 


Oral health is to do with looking after our mouth - our teeth, our tongues and our gums.

The children learnt how to look after their oral health. Here are their answers: 

1. We can go to the dentist

2. We can brush our teeth- twice a day- morning and night time

3. We can brush our teeth for two minutes. 

4. We can eat healthy foods - vegetables and fruit, rice, chicken, pasta

5. We can drink water and milk.

6. Put a pea size amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush

Remember to not rinse your mouth out with water because it will take away the fluoride which protects your teeth! 



Today we learnt to brush our teeth. Here is the song we brushed our teeth to.
Why not play it at home on yourtube or click on the link below. 


Tooth Brushing Song | 2 Minute Brush Teeth Song for Kids

Tooth Brush SongThis 2 minute song is the perfect length to watch and listen to as kids brush their teeth. Brushing your teeth is important to keep them str...

We can brush our teeth and brush away the germs to stop us getting cavities

It would be great if you can take your child to the dentist. It is free and would be very beneficial for their oral health.  Click on the link below to find more information on oral Heath and local dentists in the area. 




 1.wash your hands

2. get the bread

3. Spread the tomato sauce 

4. Sprinkle the cheese

5. Add the pepper and sweetcorn

6. Put it in the oven and wait for the cheese to melt.

7. Take it out the oven 

8. Eat it! 




Week commencing 26/4/21

We love dancing! 

This is a very strong interest in free flow learning. Ms Hedington encouraged them to make up a dance and explained they are called the choreographers. The children practised their dance every day. Ms Hedington then encouraged them to make a costume for their dance performance. The interest then moved to a fashion show where the children were confident to do a catwalk and pose. 


We danced and sang to Savage Love and we did our catwalk fashion show to The Greatest Showman!
Look at our pictures below and please watch our  performance on the link below and scroll down to Reception and click on Dance and Fashion Show yes

We are learning about life skills. This week we are learning about how to be healthy.
The children made their own healthy plate by choosing healthy foods and cutting out the images and sticking it on their plate. Children also made their own sandwich. 

The childrens answers of how we can be healthy: 

1. You can exercise- jogging, hop, push ups, running, jumping, dancing,basketball, football etc...
2. Eat vegetables- carrots, cucumber, potatos, broccoli, sweetcorn

3. Eat fruit- apples, oranges, banana, strawberries 

4. Drink water and milk 

5. We can eat yoghurt, fish, chicken, cereal, bread, pasta



CHALLENGE! Why don't you try and let your child make their own sandwich at home? 

Get the children to write a shopping list of what they need to make their sandwich, go to the supermarket and buy it. Then make it and finally eat it! 


How to make a sandwich: 

1. Get the bread

2. Butter the bread with a knife

3. Add the fillings to one slice of bread 

4. Put the other piece of bread on top

5. Cut it in half with a sharp knife ( adult to supervise) 

6. Eat it! Yummy! 

Week commencing: 19/4/21

We have been trying to make our models look like what we are making!

Take a look.
Can you guess what we have made?

Spring 2- Welcome back Moon Class! 

It is so good to see you all back! I have been extremely proud of all of you for

1.settling back into our routine so well

2. you have came back motivated learners

3. playing so nicely with your friends in your free learning time

4. having big smiles on your faces

5. making our classroom feel like a classroom again with your giggles, kindness, great learning and your cuddles! 

6. learning lots- symmetry through making symmetrical butterflies, shapes through making shape pictures and looking for shapes in the environment, learning signs of spring by making spring pictures- rainbows, blossom tress and learning about fairy tale stories through our carpet session story time and acting the story out. 

Welldone my Moon Class Minions.
Cannot wait to carry on our learning together heart


In our last week of this term, we have been learning about Easter and how it is do with chocolates but also to do with the religion Christianity. We... 
1. have been having discussions on our carpet sessions how Jesus died on a cross, his body got put in a tomb and he came back alive ( The resurrection) This is why people give chocolate eggs to resemble the empty tomb. 
2. Painted Easter Eggs

3. Made Easter Baskets

4. Made a chocolate nests to put in our baskets

5. Pretended to be Easter Bunnies and Find the Easter eggs that the chocolate Mother hen had laid 

6. Had an Easter Disco- musical statues and Musical Bumps. 
Fun filled packed 3 days! 



Come and join us at our virtual Early Years SEND Factor drop-in session 2nd Thursday of every month. 14th10am – 11am.

Please see the flyer above for more details.

Click the link or image below to join from you mobile phone, electronic device or computer / laptop.

Meeting ID: 903 566 5535

Passcode: 094671


Please click on the attached newsletter below to find out more about the activities that Lewisham Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are running over lockdown, including bitesize virtual sessions, virtual coffee mornings and our parent support line.

A great start to the week on fairytales - watching clips of the stories, drawing pictures and writing words from the stories, designing wanted posters for the wolf and role play based around Little Red Riding Hood/ Goldilocks

Week 2 – 01.03.2021 –
Traditional Tales

This week is Book Week so the planning will be slightly different. This week we are going to focus on Traditional Tales. Traditional Tales are stories that have been told for a long time.

On Thursday it is World Book Day so please dress up as your favourite character and send me your photos! 

Remember to try to do one activity a day and maybe do a phonics activity/BugClub book. However, do what works best for you and your family.



We are going to focus on these 3 stories:

The Gingerbread Man

Books Alive reads aloud a good old classic folk tale about a a baker and his wife who bake their own little gingerbread boy only for the gingerbread boy to s...

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs

Of course there are lots of other stories. You could adapt any of these activities for your own choice



There are lots of questions you can ask about these stories. The main thing is to talk about the story

  • What sorts of things did you like or dislike?
  • Was there anything that puzzled you?
  • Have you read any other stories like this?
  • How did they compare?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • Which character interested you most?
  • Little Red Riding Hood stopped to talk to the Big Bad Wolf. Do you think this was a good ideas?

You could act out the stories by playing the video or getting an adult to read the story and pause at parts, giving you time to act it out.


You could maybe create a theatre where you will act out the story alongside some of your family members. Set up a theatre, use dining room chairs or sofas as the seats, curtains, a rug as the stage and get your child to dress up as a character from the story to act it out. Ask your child to maybe make some of these ideas; theatre tickets, pretend money, menu and price list, sign for the show and show timings. Remember to have a cheeky ice cream in the interval J
Use your imagination and can use other objects in your house as props e.g. a teddy as the wolf, den for a house, a bowl and spoon when baking the gingerbread man etc.

Writing Activities:


1. Pretend you are Little Red Riding Hood and make a Get Well card for Grandma – write her a message inside the card.

2. Make a Wolf wanted poster. Describe what he looks like grey, hairy, sharp teeth, big eyes, big ears

3. Write a factfile about pigs. Watch the videos below to help.

Pigs! Pig Facts and Learning About Pigs for Kids

One of my favourite picture books is called All pigs are beautiful by Dick King Smithwhich has a lot of facts about pigs!

Create your own StoryBox

What is it?

A story box is a miniature setting, a shoe box-sized stage with a background and objects within it relating to either a specific book, or to a common story scenario.

Story boxes are a great resource to support children’s exploration of stories. They form areas in which to retell a favourite story, as well as creative arenas for children to make up new stories too- encouraging talk, imagination and literacy skills. Choose a favourite story and create a scene from the story using art and craft materials.   


We’re going to make the characters using things you have around the house including toilets rolls!! When you have made them you can use them to act out the story.


This week we’re going to try a Wind Science Experiment and test our “huff and puff”

You will need

  • Objects with varying weight
  • A hairdryer or your own breath
  • A recording sheet – you can print the one here or make one yourself

First ask your child to predict which items would be blown away by the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Allow them to hold the items and make comparisons. Record these predictions either with a picture or the word or both!

Next place the objects one at time on a table and use your hairdryer to “huff and puff”. In the Observations box record what actually happened.

Did it match your predictions? Why?


You could try some ballet this week.

Have a look at CBeebies ballet of The Three Little Pigs

You can watch CBeebies Little Red Riding Hood on Friday 10th April at 9.30am on CBeebies iPlayer and the CBeebies channel. 


World Book Day

On Thursday it is World Book Day. You could dress up as your favourite book character for the day AND SEND ME A PHOTO

  1. Make a book nook… book nook is like a mini world created with a book shelf. You can create your own book nook and bring your books there maybe….


2. Bookmarks – why not try making a homemade bookmark. You could give as a present to someone in your family. Send me your photo

Easy Origami Bookmark Corner - How to make a Corner Bookmark DIY

3. Find an unusual place to read – send me a photo

4. Recommend a book to me – tell me why I should read it, what happens in the story, who are the main characters.

5. Throughout the day everyone drops what they are doing and reads a book for 5 minutes.



Sounds to practise this week.


Phase 2

m    a    n    u    s    t    r    o    p    h    i    d    l    f    c    e    b    g    ck    ff        


Phase 3


j    x    v    w    igh    sh    ng    oo    ow    er    ai    th    ear    ee    ch    air    oi


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2


man    him    in    and    ran    can    red    big    bad    huff    puff    fun    pot    bed


Phase 3


right    shop    long    soon    cow    fox    tail    hood    path    wood    ears    teeth    chin    hair    down    fair    roof


Challenge words


just    fast    river    jump    stick    brick    boiling    crash    splash


Tricky words


the    to    me    he    my    she    I    no    you




Can you draw a picture from one of the stories and write a sentence using some of these words.





Let’s make some Gingerbread Men. I hope they don’t run away!!



  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved. Leave the sugar mixture to cool slightly, then mix into the dry ingredients to form a dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins.

  • STEP 2

On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Stamp out the gingerbread men shapes with a cutter, then re-roll any off-cuts and repeat. Place your gingerbread shapes on the lined trays, allowing space for them to spread. Cook for 10-15 mins, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.

That is all for this week. Below are some more activities you may want to try.  I hope you enjoy having a go at the activities.


Stay safe.

Miss Hedington 



Tip for parents: please remember that when your children are at school I do not ask them to sit at an activity for more than 30 minutes. So please build in a lot of breaks and play to your day.  


Welcome Back! Here are some lovely photos of this weeks learning of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and photos from Half Term :)