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Welcome to Moon Class

Class Teacher: Ms Hedington

TA: Ms Martin

LSA's: Ms Ebri  

Moon Class email address: moon@kafed.org.uk

In Summer 1 we will be focussing on...

  • Children spending quality time making their models. Their models are carefully designed and their artwork are more detailed.
  • Children to continue talking freely about signs of spring including flowers and insects.
  • Children will continue to blend words independently. Children to write a simple sentence independently.
  • Children to show problem solving in situations and solve conflicts between themselves.
  • Children using mathematical language in free play confidently, to describe and categorise objects e.g. animals, sizes, weight, capacity etc.

See below for our Spring 2 newsletter- to see an overview of what we got up to this term and what will be happening in Summer 1smiley

 

 

 

Week commencing: 16.5.22

We have been looking at the books 'the Tiny Seed ' and 'Errol's Garden'

Why not watch the clips below, together with your child. 

 

 

We have been planning our own imaginary gardens where we have been talking about different things we can plant e.g. different flower seeds, fruits and vegetables. 

We have been learning new flower names e.g. poppy, sunflower, bluebells, lavender, pansies, daisy's, Lily's and daffodils. 

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Story: Errol's Garden

Week commencing: 9.5.22

We have been looking at the books 'Sam plants a sunflower seed ' and 'Oliver's fruit salad/ Oliver's vegetables'

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

 The Very Busy Spider

“but where are my big yellow sunflowers?"

 

We have been planting our own sunflowers seeds and following step by step instructions. 

1. Put soil in the pot

2. make a hole

3. add the seed

4. cover the seed with soil

5. water it and put it in sunlight

6. check it to see when it is growing 

Sam Plants a Sunflower

Week commencing: 2.5.22

 

 

We have been looking at the books 'The very busy spider ' and ' The bad tempered ladybird' this week. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

 The Very Busy Spider

The noises the animal makes e.g. "“oink” “ baa!” etc… and 
'The spider didn’t answer. She was very busy spinning her web.'
 

 The Bad Tempered Ladybird

“hey you want a fight?”

See if they can read it with expression. 

Also talk about time- what do you do at different times of the day e.g. morning/ lunch/dinner. Why not try and play a time game below and continue learning about o'clock and half past. 

The Bad Tempered Ladybird

The Very Busy Spider - Animated Children's Book

Week commencing: 25.4.22

 

 

We have been looking at the book 'The hungry caterpillar ' this week and ' The crunching munching caterpillar. We have been learning the life cycle of a butterfly. First it is an egg-caterpillar- chrysalis- butterfly and children have been acted this out as a form of dancing. We have also got our very own real caterpillars that we are looking after and will observe them over time. 

 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

 The crunching munching caterpillar

"munch crunch" 

"well you can't" - in a strong demanding voice

 "I guess so"  - in a glum voice/ sigh 

See if they can read it with expression. 

 The hungry caterpillar 

...' but he was still hungry' 

Talk about the days of the week and healthy/unhealthy foods. 

 

The children who had a strong interest in princesses performed their fashion show to the parents! Great job princesses! 

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar | Read a loud stories | Children's stories | Bedtime stories

Week commencing: 18.4.22

 

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter holiday. 

We have been looking at the book 'Ramadan Moon' this week and learning about the religion Islam. We have learnt about the Muslims and how the celebrate Ramadan and Eid. We have learnt about the Crescent moon, how Muslims give to the poor/charity, how they try to be kind, caring and polite and not get angry, how they fast ( don't eat in the day), how they pray, where they pray ( at home or in a mosque). When Eid comes they have a party, have hennas, have sweets, where new clothes, have haircuts and have family members/ friends/visitors come over. 

 

We enjoyed trying to make our own mosques from the blocks or from drawing. We made our own henna patterns. We had a go at drawing the moon and star (symbol for Islam). We also made our own crescent moon from tin foil in our art lesson. 

 

The children who had a strong interest in princesses managed to make their princess aprons and began to practise their own princess fashion show, ready for next week. 
We also enjoyed playing in our new garden centre/flower shop roleplay area and looking for mini beasts. 

 

Take a look at the pictures and Ramadan moon book below. 

Storytime for kids: Ramadan Moon

In Spring 2 we will be focussing on 

 

  • Children continue using knowledge from their life skill sessions in their free play to impart knowledge.
  • Children talk about signs of spring.
  • Children show an interest in jobs in the community and can talk about them or act out the profession in role-play.
  • Children will continue to blend words, write captions and simple sentences using their sounds with little adult support.
  • Children continue to talk about their emotions and link their feelings to the zones of regulation. They begin to find coping mechanisms and ways to regulate themselves. 
  • Children become storytellers.  Children retell a fairy tale story and act it out.
  • Children will continue to answer number sums and begin to use more language that is mathematical in free play e.g. exploring shapes, patterns, sizes in the environment.

 

See below for our Spring 1 newsletter- to see an overview of what we got up to this term and what will be happening in Spring 2. 

See below for more weekly updates of what we got up to in Spring 2 :) 

Week commencing: 28.3.22

 

We are on our last week of our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales. Thankyou to everyone who bought in their fairy tale boxes. We enjoyed listening to the children retelling their fairy tale story using their box.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Princess and the Pea' and 'Hansel and Gretal' this week and children have been introduced to speech bubbles to also show someone is talking. 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( love) (magic) 

The Princess and the Pea

Hansel and Gretel

We have had fun exploring mixing colours, making music relating to our fairy tale stories, making easter arts and crafts and going on an Easter Egg Hunt!

Week commencing: 21.3.22

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Cinderella' 'Rapunzel' and 'Snow White' this week and children have been introduced to speech bubbles to also show someone is talking. 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) ( love) ( magic) 

Cinderella | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

Rapunzel | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

Snow White Full Story in English | Fairy Tales for Children | Bedtime Stories for Kids

We have enjoyed carrying on with our princesses interest- where the children have made crowns. This will be continuing next week. 

 

Moon class have enjoyed using their imagination to become an 'inventor' using natural resources, blocks, lego, junk modelling etc.. 

 

We have also learnt about personal hygiene and how we can look after our bodies. 

We learnt how to blow/ wipe our noses, clean our bodies by washing the babies with soap and a sponge and how to dry them after, wash our hands ( watch the clip also below to learn the correct way to wash them- become a germ buster !) we also learnt how to wash our clothes by using the school washing machine. 

Why not try and help do the washing at home with your parent/carer  e.g. putting the clothes in the washing machine, or taking them out, putting the clothes out to dry or pairing up the socks, or putting the clothes back in your cupboard/drawers. ? 

Children's pack Animation - Wash Your Hands

Week commencing: 14.3.22

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book Jack and the beanstalk and 'The enormous turnip' this week and children have been joining in with the stories and adding expressions. 

From Jack and the beanstalk- "FEE FI FO FUM" 

From The enormous turnip-  " ...but the turnip didn't budge" 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk - The Children's Story

Mr Tumble's Storytime | The Enormous Turnip | CBeebies

We have done a bean in a bag experiment and going to watch the changes over time, we have made pictures from natural resources ( Can you guess what our pictures are of? ) recapped our learning on 2D shape and been making beanstalk pictures, maps of going to and from school.

Week commencing: 7.3.22

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book Three Little Pigs' and 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' this week and children have been joining in with the stories and adding expressions. 

From Three Little Pigs- "little pig little pig, let me come in" " not by the hairs of my chinny chin chin" 
"Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down" 

From Three Billy Goats Gruff- " trip trap trip trap" " whose that trip trapping over my bridge" " Its me....... don't eat me eat my bigger brother" 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? ( wolf )

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals power of three) 

 

The Three Little Pigs - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Fairytale with Mr Tumble | CBeebies

Children have enjoyed acting out the sotry of three little pigs, three billy goats gruff and making the houses for the 3 little pigs. We have experimented what materials are strong by trying to blow them and been trying to build a house in the builders roleplay

A few children wanted to learn about Space and Black holes. Chn made planets using pastels and charcoal. They designed their own air tank and then made it from junk modelling materials. 

We learnt Venus is the hottest planet, Uranus is the coldest planet, we live on Earth, the planets orbit/ go round the sun, the moon is made out of rock and has no gravity and oxygen so we wear air tanks however, on Earth there is. We role-played and acted out stories of how we would move in space and what we would see. 

Today we looked at oral health, children learnt how to brush their teeth correctly ( in circles, up and down, ath the back and our tongues). We have to brush them 2 times a day, morning and night for 2 minutes. We should only put on a pea size amount of toothpaste and we should spit dont rinse. Don't wash your mouth out after brushing as this gets rid of the fluoride which protects our teeth. We learnt if we eat too much sugar we will get cavities ( holes). Chn got to bring home their own toothbrushes and toothpaste today and we roleplayed going to the dentist. We used this song below while brushing our teeth

Tooth Brushing Song | 2 Minute Brush Teeth Song for Kids

Week commencing: 28.2.22

 

WORLD BOOK WEEK!

We have enjoyed making pancakes this week and talking about shrove Tuesday. We also did our own pancake race and have a go at flipping the pancakes.  Lily also is celebrating Grandma Marta day, which is a Bulgarian festival. A tradition is wearing red and white wristbands so children had a go at making their own red and white wristbands from paper and pencils. 

We also enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day, look at the pictures below and see if you can guess which characters we are? 

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The gingerbread man' this week and children have been joining in with the stories and adding expressions. 

From Little Red Riding Hood - " Oh Grandma, what big....... you have" 

From Gingerbread man- " run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread man' 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?

Who is the baddie? ( wolf and the fox)

Did you like the story? Why?  

What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) 

Where was the story set? ( deep dark forest and the cottage) 

Little Red Riding Hood | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

Bedtime Stories | Mr Tumble | The Gingerbread Man | CBeebies

Guess who we are - Which World Book Characters are we?

Week commencing: 21.2.22

This half term we will be looking at fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad.

We have been looking at the book 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Ghanian Goldilocks' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

"mmm just right " 

Why not try and watch the clip below and have a go at joining in with the story. 

What is similar and different about these books? 

Do they remind you of another book we read last term? answer- Goldylucks and the three pandas. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story | English Fairy Tales And Stories | storytime

The Ghanaian Goldilocks 2021

Set in Accra, Ghana, The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic Goldilocks fairytale. Like traditional kente cloth, West African culture and th...

In Spring 1 we will be focussing on 

 

Children begin using knowledge from their life skill sessions in their free play to impart knowledge. 

Children talk about signs of winter.

Children begin to write labels, captions and simple sentences using their sounds.  They blend words.  This may be with adult support.

Children will start to record data independently in free flow and begin to answer number sums.

 

See below for our Autumn 2 newsletter- what we got up to this term and what will be happening in Spring 1. 

 

 

Week commencing:7 .2.22

This week is children's mental health week.

This week we have been learning about our emotions.

We have been looking at the book 'Ruby's Worry' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

" ENORMOUS " 
' could it be a worry?'

Why not try and watch the clip below and have a go at joining in with the story. 

We have been talking about who helps us grow and if you have a worry the best thing to do is talk to someone e.g. mum/ dad/ cousins/ grandparents/ sisters/ brothers/ friends/ teachers. 

We have also been talking about how colours link to feelings - watch the clips below of the colour monster and inside out. 

Also why not try and have a go at doing the cosmic yoga trolls to spread happiness. 

Ruby's Worry

Inside Out: Guessing the feelings.

The Color Monster - Read Aloud by Mr. Joshua Brooks

Trolls | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure with the Trolls all about bringing happiness to the world!🌈

Week commencing: 31.1.22

This week we have been learning about chinese new year!

We have been looking at the book 'Goldylucks and the three pandas' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

" mmm just right " 

Do you recongise this book? Does it remind you of another story? 

How are they similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears? 

How are they different? 

 

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas - By Natasha Yim | Children's Books Read Aloud

Please Subscribe Here ⇢ http://bit.ly/2gE3RVmAnd Don't Forget to Like, Share & Comment! Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim (Chinese / Lunar Ne...

We have been learning about Chinese new year and money this week. We have been making red envelopes with money inside, lanterns, dragon masks, Chinese number writing, tried a prawn cracker and tried using chopsticks picking up ' noodles'. 

We also had fun doing our own class dragon dance! 

 

CBeebies: Preparing For Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie and her brother clean the house in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations.Visit CBeebies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies to find even more ...

Week commencing: 24.1.22

We have been looking at the book 'Handa's Surpise and baby goes to market' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

From Baby goes to market- " TAXI" shouts mama. 

Baby loves bananas so much.... 

and 

from Handa's surprise - " TANGERINES! " " That is a surprise!" 

Why not watch the clips below, together with your child and talk about the book.

How are they similar? e.g. both have baskets/bananas

How are they different? one has a taxi, one has animals etc..

We have also been talking about heavy and light in our maths lessons and comparing how the basket will feel when the animals kept taking the fruit and when the baby keeps adding food to the basket. 

 

HANDA'S SURPRISE Picture Book Animation

Baby Goes to Market

We have had a busy week, we have been learning about weight and using the balance scales to see what items are heavy and light, been playing outside using the zebra crossing and recapping what we learnt last week on road safety. We have been measuring ourselves and we have been brave and tried different fruits from our stories this week e.g. mango, avocado, pineapple, apple, orange and we also tried a melon! Take a look at our pictures below. 

Week commencing: 17.1.22

We have been looking at the book 'Lost and found' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and talk about the book and feelings/emotions from the penguin and the boy. 

Talk about the Antarctica and the Arctic and what animals live there. 

Talk about the weather in these places. 

What would you wear?

If you were going on an adventure to the Antarctica or Arctic what would you bring?

 

 

Challenge:
Why not try and draw a penguin by following step by step youtube instructions below. 

We had a go in class :) 

Lost and Found By Oliver Jeffers I Read Aloud

How To Draw A Cartoon Penguin

We also learnt this week about road safety and how to keep safe on the roads: 

1. hold the adults hand

2. walk across the road, do not run

3. wear bright clothes so you can be seen

4. wear a helmet if you are on a bike or scooter and walk it across the road, do not ride it

5. STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK- is it safe to cross the road where you are?

 

We also learnt about the lollipop person, zebra crossing and pelican crossing to also help us cross the roads. We are did lots of roleplay with this.

Stop! Look! Listen! Think!

Week commencing: 10.1.22

We have been looking at the book 'A bear snores on' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

' but the bear snores on' 

The children know the action. 

 

See if they can read it with expression. 

 

Talk to the children about the book and ask these questions:

What is hibernation? ( animals collect their food in Autumn and sleep for a lot of winter, to save their energy) 

Who hibernates in the story? ( the brown bear) 

Where does he hibernate? ( in the cave) 

What is the difference to a brown bear and a polar bear? ( polar bears live in a cold place called the arctic and they have white fur. Brown bears have brown fur and hibernate. Polar Bears do not hibernate) 

Can children think of any other animals that hibernate? ( hedgehogs, squirrels, a mouse) 

 

Challenge:
can they draw a picture of a brown bear and colour it in. Can they try and write brown bear using their phonics sounds ( Remember this shouldn't be spelt correctly! ) 

Bear Snores On -

How To Draw A Hibernating Bear

Follow along with us and learn how to draw a hibernating bear!👩‍🎨

Week commencing: 4.1.22

 

Welcome Back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas/Winter Holiday, 

We have been looking at the book 'Polar Bear, Polar bear what do you hear?' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and join in with the repeated sentences. E.g. polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear?

lion, lion, what do you hear? 

See if you can guess the animal before it comes up! 

 

In Autumn 2 we will be focussing on:

  • Majority of children stay at school full time. Children know and understand the classroom routines and boundaries.
  • Children establish their friendships groups.
  • Children independently use resources available in the learning environment.
  • Children improve gross and fine motor skills e.g. through pencil practice, scissor practice and through practising ball skills outdoors.
  • Children begin to use their imagination and think about what they want to create.
  • Children will begin to see themselves as writers- they will be ascribing to the marks they make.
  • ​​​​Children talk about signs of autumn, winter and celebrations.

Week commencing: 13.12.21

We have been enjoying our Christmas fun activities e.g. making Christmas/ Happy Holiday cards, calendars, Christmas hats for our Christmas dinner day, Christmas Party games, Christmas catwalk a film with popcorn and hot chocolate, cooking sessions- making cookies, doing lots of Christmas crafts and dressing up. We have also enjoyed performing our Reception Nativity- please watch. On children tab- school videos- Nativity 2021. Enjoy!  

 

The Christian Story of the First Christmas | Religions of the World

Suitable for teaching 3-5s. An animated clip narrating the Christian Story of the First Christmas.Subscribe for more Religious Studies clips from BBC Teach o...

Week commencing: 6.12.21

 

We have been looking at the book 'The Gruffalo's child' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

"I'm not scared" - in a brave voice

"you're not the mouse" - in a confused voice

 "the big bad mouse"  - in a yelling/shouting/scared voice

See if they can read it with expression. 

 

 

The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson - Children's story/Audiobook/Read-aloud. Kids Book.

The Gruffalo's child

Week commencing: 29.11.21

 

We have been looking at the book 'The Stickman' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

"I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, IM STICKMAN that's me"

See if they can read it with expression. 

 

 

Julia Donaldson | Stickman

Julia Donaldson