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What's at the top? - Summer Term 2

Reception Project: What’s at the top? – Summer 2 2022


This term we are learning all about growing. We are launching the topic by looking at lots of different seeds and beans. We will become seed experts as we discover what makes them similar and different, we will take part in lots of different 2D mark making projects during the first week as well as learning about how they travel and using story telling to share this information.

Throughout the rest of the term we will be growing and caring for plants and learning about their life cycles. We will be using imaginative language to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, reading alternative versions and beginning to develop and create our own stories to share at the end of the term.

Week 3


This week we have focused on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. At the beginning of the week we read the story as a class and took part in lots of different activities related to story to help us become familiar with the different characters, setting and repeated phrases. We learnt a song about the story to the tune of 'She'll be coming round the mountain' and used actions to act out each part. Later in the week we practised ordering the story and acting it out with our friends using lots of imaginative language. 

We have also been monitoring how our own beanstalks are growing. The children discussed how the beans had change and why some beans hadn't grown yet. We  discovered that some beans had been planted further down the pot and that certain varieties of beans seemed to be growing faster than others. At the end of the week we did observational drawings to show how they had grown so far. 

Week 2 


This week we have been learning about beans. The children explored different types of beans as a class and worked out how many beans and pots we would need to use. This put our subitising and sharing skills to the test as we organised them on ten frames and discussed what we could see and how we saw it. We also looked at the information on the back of the packets to work out what we needed to do do care for our beans once we had planted them.

Later in the week we watched a time lapse video of a bean growing. We discussed what we knew about plants growing and learnt new vocabulary related to the parts of a plant. 

At the end of the week the children read Jasper's Beanstalk. This helped us to recap our learning so far as well as consolidating our understanding about the life cycle of a bean.

Week 1

This week we took part in Sky Arts Week. We started by exploring the seeds that are in different types of fruit and vegetables. We used magnifying glasses and tweezers to look closely and compare their similarities and differences. The children then created a variety of different 2D mark making including, sketching, adding colour, digital art, transient art and printing. 


Printing onto card and material

Digital mark making

Adding colour

Sketching and adding detail

Seed explorers