The story is about an impoverished young son named Jack and his widowed mother who live on a farm set in the medieval times. Facing financial hardship, Jack is asked by his mother, to take the family cow to market to sell so they can buy food to eat. Jack dutifully follows his mother’s request and takes Daisy the cow to market.
But on the way Jack meets a stranger who promises Jack magic beans in exchange for his cow. Jack makes the exchange and returns to his mother with three magic beans. In desperate frustration, his mother throws the beans out of the window and sends Jack to bed without dinner. In the middle of the night the magic beans turn into an enormous beanstalk stretching far into the sky. Jack decides to climb the beanstalk and finds his way to the Giant’s castle in the sky.
During his first visit to the castle, Jack steals gold coins from the giant and a goose that lays golden eggs. When he returns a second time, he takes the giant’s golden harp that lulls the giant gently to sleep. The harp calls out to alert the giant. The giant awakens from a deep slumber and gives chase to Jack down the beanstalk. Knowing the giant is chasing him, Jack calls out to his mother in the farm below and asks her to bring the axe. When Jack gets to the bottom of the beanstalk, he cuts down the beanstalk sending the giant crashing to the ground. Jack and his mother are safe at last and with the golden goose and the golden coins, they never go hungry again.
Jack is a trusting young poor boy who lives with his mother on the family farm. He is very trusting and believes in magic.
The traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is a well-loved story told to all British school children as part of their rich repertoire of stories. We want your child to share in the joy and excitement of this fairy tale. The topic raises some important moral matters and enables us to teach your child about keeping safe from strangers and the importance of plants and the life cycle of beans.
In Science we learn about the life cycle of plants with a focus on growing runner beans and identify the features of a plant and flower. Your child will be able to confidently deliver scientific information using their developing English skills.
Performing Arts is an exciting extravaganza of songs and dances to celebrate the Spring season. Stimulated with beautiful colours, and movement we celebrate the traditional British Spring time as we sing in the April showers.
In Arts and Crafts we are ‘buzzing’ at what your child will learn in this subject. The children will craft their own mini beanstalk eco system with 3-D flower art, beanstalk crafts and bees whilst developing core speaking skills. What’s not to love about this hands-on subject.
In Maths children will be able to compare and contrast different sizes and distances using the beanstalk as their stimulus.
Through the subject of History we learn about the importance of markets in British History and compare it with cultural life in Britain today. We teach your child practical conversational skills to enable them to make purchases and understand the etiquette of shopping in the UK.
In Geography we use our imagination as ‘giants’ to understand aerial views and the importance of map reading. In this topic children will be able to extend vocabulary from Topic 3 to read maps and follow directions.
Children will be able to reinforce speaking and listening skills whilst becoming familiar with this popular traditional tale. Your child’s imagination will be stimulated as we enter the world of magic and wonder. They will be excited to grow their own plants, retell the story and engage fully with this exciting topic. We are excited to take your child on this journey of magic and adventure.
The students will be introduced to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They meet Jack, his mother, Daisy the Cow and a stranger.
In this lesson, we use speaking and listening skills to develop a deeper understanding of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.