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Week 1 - Jack and the Beanstalk

We based our learning this week around the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’  The children enjoyed listening to story and we able to answer lots of questions about how the characters were feeling. They could make some predictions about what might happen next in the story. We read several different versions of the story and compared them looking for similarities and differences. We wrote our names on leaves ready to go on our beanstalk display in the classroom.


We learnt about the life cycle of a plant, how a bean germinates and begins to sprout and grow to produce a flower which them produces new beans and the cycle begins again. The children were amazed when walking a time lapse of a beans growth. We also learnt what plants need to grow. We then planted our own beans, however we used tissue paper instead of soil so the children can begin to see the roots and then this can be replanted at home.

In Maths, we learnt about height, learning the words ‘short and tall, shorter and taller, shortest and tallest.’ We compared the height of our friends and were able to order them from shortest to tallest. We also did this with “beanstalks” (Duplo blocks) by order 3 to 7 beanstalks in order from shortest to tallest and tallest to shortest with an emphasis on using the correct vocabulary.

We practised our counting skills throughout the week, counting out the beans and matching them to the numerals. Some of us practised early addition skills by adding two groups of beans together and counting to find the total. We then were able to write the answer focusing on the correct formation of the number.

We learnt all about the season Spring this week. We talked about the changes we see taking place on the tress, with plants and animals. The children enjoyed learning the names of lots of baby animals. We then painted our own spring pictures. Some of us chose to paint flowers with butterflies, a spring forest with bluebells, daffodils, some chicks in their nest and some frogs with their eggs.

We learnt the ‘o’ sound this week and practised our formation.