Elson Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EU

There are giants in the sky!

Our Story of the Week has been Jack and the Beanstalk.

We were surprised to hear that lots of our children have never heard this story!  We have had so much fun finding out what Jack discovered at the top of the beanstalk and stomping around like giants, using our fierce ‘giant’ voices to recite the repeating verses from the story.  The children are becoming great storytellers, understanding about characters, using different voices when acting out the story and remembering the sequence of events.  They have been learning the songs from Out of The Ark’s musical version of the story and have listened with great enjoyment, anticipation and concentration to the narrated story on the CD without needing the help of any pictures.  The words to the songs have helped them to learn some great vocabulary to use in their re-telling.

The children have been  busy planting their own beans, ordering numbers on a beanstalk to help Jack to know where to climb next, making story-maps, counting the Giant’s golden coins and painting giants on “giant-sized” pieces of paper!  They also practised their scissor skills to cut beanstalks and leaves to make a fabulous beanstalk in Nursery.

On Thursday we found that the Giant had been up to mischievous tricks in Nursery!  When we visited NumberLand, we discovered a note telling us that he had captured Number 6 and locked him in a cage, demanding a ransom!  We had to use our fantastic counting skills to count out jewels for the ransom and write numbers on leaves to build a beanstalk so that we could rescue poor Number 6.  What a great job you did, Nursery children.  Number 6 is safely back in NumberLand!

Next week is Well-being Week so we will be leaving Jack and the Giant for a few days.  Don’t forget to check in next week to find out about  what we did.