Jack and the Beanstalk

This half term in English and Science our learning has been linked to the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

We learnt to tell the story using a story map and actions. We practiced and practiced until we could do it without any help from our teachers!

We noticed that the story contained sentences that have a ‘who‘ and a ‘what‘ in them and have the correct punctuation. For example ‘Jack climbed up the beanstalk.  We also noticed that some sentences had been joined using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’.  We had a go at writing our own sentences about Jack that could go in the story.

We also noticed that the story was written in the past tense. We learnt that verbs in the past tense usually end in ‘ed’, even though they sometimes sound like they end in ‘t’, ‘id’ or ‘d’. We practiced changing sentences into the past tense.

This week we have been busy working together to change the characters and settings in the story. Panther class’ new story is about Queen Elizabeth and a mysterious book and Lion class’ new story is about Lily and a steep mountain.  Have a look at our wonderful writing.

In Science we have been growing our own beans. Some of them have already started to grow so we have been very excited to come in each morning and look at them. We are keeping a diary to show how they are changing over time.


How to support at home

  • Practice spelling the year 1 harder to read and spell words
  • Visit the library to see if you can find any other traditional tales – maybe you could have a go at changing the characters and settings in them
  • Grow your own seeds – how do you think they will look once they have grown? Remember to keep checking back on them.