Otsukimi (moon viewing) is celebrated in Japan to honour the autumn moon. The children decided to research the moon, but how would we do this? We went to the library and got lots of non-fiction books about the moon. The children choose to focus on information texts rather than story books. We explored Goggle Moon, as some of the children suggested “goggling it”. We also used a free app called moon globe, to explore the moon’s surface. The children made clay sculptures of the moon, using their research. These are displayed in the class if you would like to come and see them.
Ms. Yuri has focused on traditional Japanese stories, such as the moon princess. She made cross cultural links as she explored what people see in the moon. For instance Japanese people say there is a rabbit in the moon. In England we think we see a man in the moon.
To celebrate Otsukimi the children made traditional Japanese sweets called O’Dango.
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