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Time Travelling!

What are we learning about?

In this topic we will be finding out about the moon landing in 1969 – who was on the mission and what they did.  Our English focus is on the Simon Bartram’s stories, including ‘Man on the Moon,’ where we will be getting to know the story through drama and written activities.  In Art and DT we will be creating our own clay stars which will be hung up high in our classroom.  Our Science topic is Uses of Everyday Materials, where we will be looking at what things are made of and why? As well as this, we will have other opportunities to write through exploring our fabulous new topic!

Man on the Moon

Christopher Eccleston telling a bedtime story on CBeebies


In English, we will be reading Simon Bartram stories, ‘Man on the Moon,’ ‘Bob’s Best Ever Friend’ and ‘Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery.’ We will be hot-seating the characters to find out how they are feeling and what they are thinking. Also, doing some descriptive writing of the moon and writing a speech in the role of Bob.


As well as this, we will be looking at Space. It will give us the opportunity to research facts about Space and the Moon and create our very own information booklet to help inform other people what it is like!


Our Math’s journey continues with ‘Multiplication and Division’, where the children will focus on their times tables (x2, x3, x5 and x10).  They will have the opportunity to apply skills learnt in different contexts too!  We will then move onto properties of shape.  Here the children will identify properties of 2D and 3D shapes and compare these to everyday objects. 


As the term progresses, we will look at graphs and construct simple block graphs.  The children will take part in a ‘smarties’ challenge, which will help them to apply skills learnt!  We will continue to work on number through our 'Mental Maths Mondays' which will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division! 

Learning Opportunities 

In this unit we will be learning all about the astronaut Neil Armstrong; finding out about his life and why he chose to become an astronaut and risk his life to travel to space. We will have an opportunity in Art/DT to create our very own clay stars and other models using papier-mache. As well as this, the children will have a chance to write to Buzz Aldrin where they can ask him lots of questions about Space and other aspects. Their letters will be sent off to him so hopefully he will reply… As an epic end to this topic, we will create our very own time capsule where the children will fill it with wishes, hopes and dreams for the future!

How can you help?

You can help your child this term by visiting the library to see if they have any stories that are set in space. In the information section, they may also have books on the moon or Neil Armstrong to help with our history topic. Talk to your child about what objects are made of and why, and show them what you recycle at home and how you do it. Some products tell you what they were before, so talk to them about this, and do some internet research about how different materials are recycled. Also, helping your child learn their times tables and division facts (2’s, 3’s, 5’s & 10’s) at home would be a huge help as we will begin mini tests during maths sessions to help develop their knowledge.


As well as this, please continue to encourage your child to read their book as much as possible and bring their logs and book back to school signed by Friday at the latest. This way we can track their progress and help the children collect as many stickers as they can on their bookmarks. Also, please continue to encourage your child to complete the homework tasks sent home every week and their spelling sheets. It really does make such a difference to your child’s learning! As always, thank you! J

Neil Armstrong - First Moon Landing 1969

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