Jack and the Beanstalk

Friday 17 March 2023

It has been another fun-filled week in reception!

Jack and the Beanstalk

This week, we’ve been reading the traditional story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.


We discussed how this story has been retold many times and some versions of the story are different. Just by looking at two front covers, we could spot similarities and differences.

The story I heard had a musical instrument.

They both have Jack on the front.

He has the chicken in that one.


Word of the week

Every week, we look at a new adventurous word. We call this our ‘word of the week’. This week, our word of the week was ‘gigantic’ – linked to the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  The children have enjoyed using the word during role plays and in their writing.

Can you spot our word in any of the writing below?

Observational drawing

This week, we have focused on drawing daffodils using oil pastels.


Planting a (magic) bean

After listening to the story, the children all agreed that we should plant our own bean.

We then wrote instructions to explain to others how they could plant a bean too!


In Maths, we’ve been exploring the composition of numbers by investigating the numbers within 7 e.g. seeing that 7 can be made of 5 and 2.


We have also used our magic bean machine to combine two numbers.


This week, we have continued to read longer words with the chunking method.

We have also begun to read root words that make up compound words and discussing how the two root words create a new word with a new meaning.

Can your child show you the chunking method to read these words?

fantastic   helmet   zooming   winking

Read these root words, then combine to make a compound word.

roof top   farm yard   car park


Poetry Picnic

Each week, we will be learning a new poem. We will recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line. We talk to the children about how this can help us become better readers. This week’s poem is  Spring Wind. 

We talk about how a poem sometimes has rhyming words and sometimes doesn’t. Can your child tell you the rhyming words in this week’s poem? We also talk about how a poem can have a fast rhythm or a slow rhythm.


Reminders and Dates

Reception’s Class Assembly- 24.03.23 3pm

You are invited to our class assembly, where we’d love to share our learning with you.

Easter Disco – 3.30 -4.30 24.03.23

The Friends of Scholes have arranged the Easter Disco after school. Parents are not required to attend. The price (£3.50) includes a drink and a bag of sweets. If you would like your child to attend the disco, payment must be made on the Gateway app.

Reception trip to The Railway Museum, York- 30.03.23

Please drop-off and collect your child at the usual times. School can provide a packed lunch but if you’d prefer your child to bring their own, this is also fine. Every child will need a suitable backpack that they are able to carry themselves throughout the day.