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Jack and the Beanstalk 

To start the Summer term myself and Mrs Hall have chosen Jack and the Beanstalk as our story focus. This book is fantastic for topic work because it crosses so many areas of the curriculum. If you find your children are really enjoying this story, please take your time in completing the different tasks you can do based on the fairy tale over the next couple of weeks. Enjoy reading this story with your children and working together on a magical project, encourage them to use their imaginations as much as possible creating new adventures for Jack or different characters he could meet at the top of the beanstalk. I hope this will provide lots of fun and great opportunities for learning in different ways.


Here are some videos of this story represented in different ways. Some are read aloud and others are animations. It's a good idea to have a look at a few to see how the story has been adapted.

Challenge- Can you spot different diagraphs used in the story?




* Make a story map/board for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.


* Character study of Jack/Giant/Giant’s wife/Jack’s mother (resources to support in English page).


* Hot seat – Jack/The mother/The giant (this means that one of you will pretend to be the character and the other will ask this character questions).


* Design a book cover and new title for the story.


* Think of a different ending for the story and write your own version.


* If you had a magic bean what would you do with it? (Resources on English page).


* Imagine Jack climbed the beanstalk and found a completely different setting and characters at the top – what could these be, describe them.


* Write your own version of the story using this activity to help you.


* Write a modern-day newspaper report about the adventures of Jack and the Beanstalk.


* Poetry – Acrostic poem using the word BEANSTALK.


* Use pictures of giant’s face and provide speech bubbles – children write a new rhyme in the style of Fee Fi Fo Fum.


* Write a description about the sort of place a giant would need to live in – what would it look like, what sort of furniture would it need?


* Write an imaginary story about the adventures of another giant.


* Write a persuasive letter to Jack telling him why he should or should not climb the beanstalk.


* Jack and the Beanstalk is an interesting tale because he has lots of problems to solve along the way. His cow stops giving milk, Jack and his mother are poor, Jack gets in trouble with his mum, Jack discovers a boy-eating giant, Jack wakes up the giant. Can you recognise each problem and solution in the story? Do some of the solutions solve more than one problem?


* Write a simple book review (resources to help on English page).



* How did the Giant feel about Jack stealing from him? Write a diary from the perspective  of the Giant, talking about the day Jack stole his golden hen. Was he sad or angry?  Use our Storytime Diary Sheet.


* Was Jack right to trade Milky-White for the beans? Was he right to steal from the giant? Should he have climbed the beanstalk a second and third time? Talk about how Jack behaved. What adjectives would you use to describe him? 


* Write a letter from Jack apologising to the Giant for stealing his things. 


Art and DT

*Make a castle out of junk materials. (Please send me photos of this to put on our page smiley)


* Write a description about how to make a giant with recycled materials e.g. boxes, cylinders – let the children make their own giant.


* Use different kinds of dried beans and glue to make textured pictures. Use light and  dark beans to create patterns, make the letters J, A, C, K from beans or fill in the outline  of a beanstalk leaf with beans. Look up “kids bean art” on Google Images and Pinterest for inspiration.


* Use kitchen or toilet rolls as a centre and paint or colour the rolls green. Next get each child in your house to write their name on a green beanstalk leaf. Every day, make your beanstalk grow a bit taller and add a new leaf with a question on for the giant. Send in your questions and see if the giant answers them.




* Growing your own beanstalks is a great way to bring the story to life. Use the Beanstalk Growth Chart to mark down how tall your beanstalks grow each week and make your  own personalised Beanstalk Plant Marker to stick to the top of your canes.


* Write an information sheet about how to grow beans. 



* Be inspired by the giant’s singing harp and listen to harp music in your classroom. Find out about harps: and listen to a professional harpist:



* Play the Beans Game to get kids warmed up. Ask your children to do funny moves  to match each bean name:

1. Runner Beans: Run around the room or on the spot

2. Broad Beans: Do a big, broad star shape

3. Baked Beans: Lie on the floor, like beans on toast

4. Kidney Beans: Make a curvy C-shape with your body

5. Butter Beans: Pretend the floor is slippy

6. Jumping Beans: Jump up and down

7. Human Beans: Dance around the room however you like!