Children in Year 1 at The Arches Primary School in Blacon are showing people they are loved this Christmas.

After watching the festive John Lewis ‘Man on the Moon’ advert they become very concerned about the lonely old man

Class 1B and 1D all rushed to write a note or draw a lovely picture to send to the Man on the Moon and let him know that they were thinking about him.

Serra Conteh

Every child wanted to write something just to show they care and many wanted to know his name.

Charlie Tushingham-Stanford wanted to know: “How did you get on the moon?”

Saif Nur told him “Hello my name is Saif. How are you feeling? Please go back to Earth.”

When they finished their notes, Jake Jones looked a bit gloomy, saying sadly: “I haven’t got any balloons to send my letter to him.”.

Lucas Spencer

So last Friday, November 20, the whole school came out on to a cold school field to help Year 1 launch their letters to the moon using biodegradable, eco-friendly balloons.

There was a big countdown from 10 and Jake Glover and Ella Ross from 1D and Lillie-May Tucker and Jack Jones from 1B let their balloons go.

There was a slight hiccup as the balloons got stuck in a tree at the Children’s Centre but teacher Rebecca Challinor soon rescued them.

Alexis Roberts

But pupil Faith Garland pointed out: “They can’t get to the moon now, it’s not night time!”

Year 1 are now thinking about other ways they can support and care for their elderly relatives and have already invited parishioners from Holy Trinity Church to attend their Key Stage 1 Nativity performance.

Teacher Lisa Johnson said “I am so proud of all the children in Year 1. They have shown real compassion for others and their writing is amazing! The advert has been a fantastic stimulus for writing and all the adults seemed to get something in their eye at the same time!”

Miley Tudor

John Lewis has partnered with Age UK on their new Christmas appeal to help raise awareness of what life can feel like for lonely older people.

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