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What's at the top of the beanstalk? Summer Term 1

What’s at the top of the Beanstalk? – Summer Term 1

This half term we are learning about the theatre. To launch our topic, we will have a theatre experience in our classroom where the children will have a chance at being directors, actors, prop technicians and customers.

Throughout the rest of the term we are focusing on the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have lots of alternative versions of the tale to explore and will have fun learning about types of beans and growing.

Our Music focus this term is about using music to show feelings, to represent characters or to tell a story. As a class we will be creating our very own musical story. This will give us lots of language and skills to help create our very own stories about what is at the top of our Beanstalks.

At the end of the term we hope to share our stories with you.

Week 6

This week we finished off our stories. We decided what do do when we saw what was at the top of our beanstalk and practised moving down a beanstalk in different ways in PE. The children showed fantastic risk taking and it was wonderful to see their confidence grow. 


We also put our own twist on the crash mat experiment from Primary Engineer.

We explored different materials, made predictions and then tested to see what we could use to make a safe landing for our characters who have just climbed a beanstalk.


The children then created their own book to share with the children in class 1 at a joint performance WOW event with popcorn. 


In maths this week we have been learning about odd and even numbers and started to learn to count in 2's. We have also had a tuck shop at snack time where all of the children in class 1 and Reception could practise using money to buy a biscuit.


Week 5

Over the last two weeks we have been working on our stories to answer the question: What's at the top of the beanstalk?


We started by discussing characters and setting. We made up lots of silly stories using picture cards and then decided on our own settings. The children made these with bricks and created a stick puppet of themselves so that they could be the character in their own story. 


To create the middle of our story the children decided on what type of beans they would plant, what type of beanstalk would grow and then what they would see at the top. The children drew a picture to stick at the top, finished off their beanstalks from home if they needed to and acted out the middle of the story using all of their props. 


In maths we have been learning about money. We have had lots of fun sorting coins, naming them, counting out amounts and playing shops. 


In guided reading we have enjoyed the story of the jelly beanstalk. We explored real jelly beans, tasted them and made up silly flavours that could match each colour. 

Week 4

This week we have been enjoying the story of Jim and the Beanstalk. We talked about how the giant was now old and that it was a different boy,  Jack, that had visited him in the past. In the afternoon we explored ways that life might have been different in the past. We played some old games and read a section of the 'Then and Now' book everyday. 


In Literacy we have been looking at speech. We have had great fun predicting what the characters might say, reading speech and writing our own speech bubbles. 

For our independent writing challenge this week the children wrote a letter to Jim, from the Giant to say thank you. 


In maths we have been busy halving. First we halved paper and objects. We also had ago at halving fruit and learnt to cut safely with a knife by making a bridge with our fingers.  Later in the week we halved amounts and used our sharing and gross motor skills in a large part whole model.

Week 3 

This week we have learnt all about cocoa beans. We enjoyed exploring them by feeling and smelling them. We watched a video about how they are grown, learnt about how they are made into chocolate and then tried different chocolate in the afternoon.  The children shared which was their favourite and discussed similarities and differences. At the end of the week the children wrote facts to share with Mr Clarke. 


In maths we worked together to save the town from baked beans. The children shared the beans out equally between different groups of superheroes so that it was fair.


In art we made pictures with the beans and seeds to show different characters or objects from Jack and the Beanstalk.

Week 2

We have had lots of fun this week with instructions. We followed instructions to make Jack climb the beanstalk, we gave instructions while making sand cakes, read instructions to make mud pies and even had a go at writing instructions using lots of bossy words.  


In maths we have been reviewing 3D shapes. We have had lots of discussions about the difference between flat shapes and faces on solid shapes. We have been addressing misconception, building flat and solid beanstalks, singing our solid shape songs and going on a shape hunt.


This week we have also been working to create a musical story. Every day we have listened to a different piece of music. We started by deciding on the characters and the setting, we then discussed how the music made us feel, what was happening and worked together to connect the parts of the story.

Week 1 

What a wonderful first we back! We launched our project by planting our own beans, pretending to go to the theatre and acting out Jack and the Beanstalk as a class. We even pretended to buy our tickets,  have an intermission and buy snacks. The children enjoyed this part so much they decided that for their WOW event at the end of term they would like to have real popcorn and sweets.


During the week we also read Jasper's beanstalk.  The children were fantastic at ordering the story, creating actions for each section and even had a go at writing sentences for Jasper's diary.


In maths we have been learning about estimating and in circle time we introduced the Zones of Regulation. We listened to lots of different pieces of music,  discussed how it made us feel and what we could do if we ever felt like that.