Reception- Jack and the Beanstalk

This week we have been reading the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have learnt some songs to go with the story. The children have particularly enjoyed learning the giant’s song and using their giant voices. We revisited the words: huge, large, enormous, massive and gargantuan. We also learnt the signs for hen, bean and cow.

Everyone has enjoyed some delicious beans on toast in our kitchen – unfortunately, they were not magic beans!

Over the week, the children have been learning about drawing simple maps, using shapes to create other shapes and what plants need to grow. We have also started a new science experiment where we have three different conditions for beans to try to grow in. Will they grow better in the dark, without any water or with sun and water?

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

A few notes:

  • Please could your child bring in a sun hat and have sun cream applied before coming into school.
Continue ReadingReception- Jack and the Beanstalk

Nursery – Jasper’s Beanstalk

‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen was our focus text this week. Although the story is quite a short one, about Jasper the cat who found a bean, it provided plenty of opportunity for quality talk about beans, plants and how they grow. The story also highlights the days of the week, which allowed us to talk about the order of the days – the children were fantastic at remembering which day came next and ‘what happened next’ in the story.

We learnt the Makaton sign for ‘bean’ this week and we revisited many others. For our cooking activity this week, we enjoyed beans on toast linking with our stories with beans in them! The children decided that baked beans were much more of a tasty choice and that the beans we were planting didn’t look so appetising to eat!

Cutting skills and pencil control have been a focus for many of the children this week as we made our own spiral beanstalk like the one that Jasper grew in the garden. The children that are starting school in September have been working hard at recognising and writing their names.

This week we began conducting our own bean experiment. We found out that seeds need water and light in order to grow. We are testing three beans all in different conditions to see ‘what happens next’. We are looking forward to finding out which beans grow and which ones stay the same!

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 13th June) to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk.

Continue ReadingNursery – Jasper’s Beanstalk