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Leighton Primary School

Weekly Activities 11.5.20

Welcome to this week’s activities which are all linked to the traditional story, Jack and the beanstalk.


Activity 1: Share the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' with your child in many different ways. Some versions of the stories have differences which might include different characters, different words used and different endings. Different versions could include:-

- a story book, online ebook, interactive film clip or your own oral retelling. 

Once your child is familiar with the story, talk about it and ask key questions to check their understanding, for example: 

How many beans were there?                 Where did they live?                  Who did Jack live with?       What did Jack’s mum tell him not to do?         How did Jack’s mum feel when she found out Jack had exchanged the cow for some magic beans?        (Deeper thinking) What would your mum have said to you?            Where was Jack going to take the cow?  What was Jack meant to get in exchange for the cow?   (Deeper thinking) What did the man with the beans look like?  What words can you use to describe the cottage?                                Why did Jack climb the beanstalk?                           (Deeper thinking) What questions could we ask Jack if we met him?                                                                               What did Jack do when he went to the giant’s house?    How did the giant feel when he saw Jack?                       (Deeper thinking) What would you have done or how would you have felt if you were Jack/the giant? 

Activity 2: Explain to your child that they need to imagine planting their own magic bean. When you wake up the next day, an enormous beanstalk has grown outside. Draw and/or write about what you find at the top of your beanstalk. You could use ideas from other stories you have read. It could be a different kind of land e.g. everything is made out of food, everything talks, toy land or even everything is upside down! Share ideas with your child, encouraging them to use their own imagination.

Activity 3: In the story, the giant is very tall. Ask your child to find 5 things that are taller than they are. Encourage them to say it in a sentence e.g. ‘The door is taller than me.’ Now ask them to find 5 things that are shorter than them. Again, encourage your child to say it in a sentence e.g. ‘The cat is shorter than me.’

Extension: Can your child find 3 things taller than and shorter than you?

Additional activities

*Grow some seeds, making sure you check on them regularly. You could measure them as they grow using something small like lego blocks. If you have any bean seeds, you could grow them in a plastic bag (see instructions attached below).

*Make stick puppets of the characters from the story. You could draw your own or print out the pictures attached below. Stick them onto lolly sticks or strips of card (look in your recycling bin). Use different voices for the characters. Who in your house has the best booming giant voice?

*Print out the story map below and draw/stick the pictures to put them in order.

*Look at the picture of the castle (attached below). You don’t have to print it out. Count how many different 2D shapes you can see that make up the picture of the castle? Can you spot and name any 2D (flat) shapes in different rooms in your house?

*Print out the pictures of numbered magic beans or write out the numbers 0-20. Get your child to put them in order 0-10 and then carry on to 20. Hide some of the numbers. Can your child work out which numbers are missing? How do they know?


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