Jack and the Beanstalk

Friday 15 March 2024

It’s been another busy 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 re-told many times and some versions of the story are different. Just by looking at the front covers, we could spot similarities and differences.

This week, our word of the week was gigantic. 

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!


Each week in music, the children listen to a piece of music and respond to it; what it reminds them of, or what they notice. This week’s piece was non-vocal music, Frog’s legs and dragon’s teeth by Bellowhead:

“it’s faster” (than last week’s music)- Finlay

“It goes fast, then slow, then fast”- Harry

“I like sandstorm…that has no voices in too. It’s on my playlist”- Oliver Gr

The children then watched a video of the band performing and named the instruments.


In Maths, we’ve been exploring the composition of number 7.

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

Class Assembly

Thank you to parents and carers who were able to join us for our class assembly on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed the journey through our day in Reception! If you’d like to see the slideshow of photos shown in the assembly, please click here




Comic Relief;  Red Nose Day

Thank you to everyone for participating in our non-uniform day for Comic Relief and for your kind donations.


Spring 2 week 4 has focused on longer phase 3 words, words ending in –ing and compound words (words made of two words i.e. rooftop/farmyard) We review tricky words daily.

In provision, we’ve been making beanstalks by reading tricky words!

Tricky words can be just that-tricky! We’ve previously introduced a few fun games you can play at home to practice tricky words. Here’s another you could try.

Tricky Word Jigsaw

A game to help the spelling of tricky words

It doesn’t need to be as fancy as the picture above, a plain piece of paper and hand-writing the words will work just as well!

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.

click here to watch Reception recite this week’s poem

Reminders and Dates

Easter Disco 22.03.24 – 3.15 -4.15 

The Friends of Scholes have arranged the Easter Disco after school. If you would like your child to attend the disco, payment should be made on the Gateway app. Collection as usual from the classroom door.