Over the past 2 weeks Chestnuts have been focused on the plight of The Man on the Moon who sadly has got a little bit stuck but Mrs Luxton is hoping the Chestnut Superheroes may be able to help out.

First of all they were shown an image where they made predictions on where they thought it might be and explain why. There were many interesting answers but they showed great knowledge of ‘Outer Space’ with some children using terms such as Galaxy, Earth, Planet and gravity. The overwhelming majority felt that it was space because it was planet earth in the distance that they could see.

We watched part of the John Lewis Christmas Advert of ‘The Man on the Moon’ where the children were introduced to the two main characters. They came up with questions they felt the young girl would like to ask the Man on the Moon.

We worked in our groups completing a ‘Zone of Relevance’ where we put adjectives in a circle of what we felt described The Man on the Moon the best. Some of the words, like melancholy, forlorn, abandoned and deserted, we’d never heard of before so we had interesting discussions on what we felt they might mean. We decided that ‘outgoing’ and ‘enthusiastic’ were not words that describe him very well so we put them on the outside of the circle but emotional and lonely describe him very well so that went near the middle.

We used these questions to write our very own letters. The children came up with great questions of their own and many offered to help The Man on the Moon.









The children were very excited to receive a response informing us that he’d lost his rocket and it meant he couldn’t come back to Earth to be with his friends and family so we came up with an idea that we could design and build a rocket of our own and write instructions to help the Man get back down in time for Christmas.








We had some amazing ideas and the children set to work building their rockets.







Before we could write our instructions for The Man on the Moon we first had to test them out so we would be able to tell him how to launch the rocket himself. So, on Monday the children discussed what we might use at the beginning of each instruction. The children suggested different examples of time conjunctions and what order we would expect to see them in. ‘First, we got the bottle and rolled it in the paper’.

Finally, it was launch time and after a minor mishap where Mrs Luxton broke the hand pump we were ready for lift off.









We then wrote some superb instructions to send to The Man on the Moon in order to get back down! I’m sure that he is incredibly grateful for all that Chestnuts have done to help him out.

Here are some of the fantastic examples from our Year 1 pupils:

Fabulous examples from our Year 2 pupils:


Watch what happened below