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Term 4 - Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

This term our topic is based on the Fairy Tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Fairy Tales are an important part of English, as they are known in different languages across the world. They are perfect for oral storytelling skills and adapting to create your own story. Fairy Tales also provide opportunities for discussions related to moral issues.

Whilst our topic is based on the ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, we will be focussing on an adapted text called ‘Jack and the Baked Beanstalk’ by Colin Stimpson. This version offers the children the opportunity to show how traditional fairy tales can be changed and characters can be adapted, with beautiful illustrations.

In English, the children will be retelling the traditional version of the fairy tale, recording their stories on I-pads, using ‘Book Creator’. They will be learning songs to accompany the story and using simple musical instruments to create music to accompany their stories. We will also be looking at how ‘Jack and the Baked Beanstalk’ has been adapted, with the aim of planning and creating our own version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be creating our own simple rhymes, in poetry, to accompany our own stories.

In Science, the children will be exploring plants and growing beans. They will be conducting experiments to find which are the best conditions for plants to grow in. They will be measuring the height of their plants and, once established, we hope to plant them outside, ready to reap the beans later on in the year.

In Computing, the children will be learning about simple coding using a programme called ‘Scratch Junior’. The programme is based on making the character move to complete objectives set by the programme. It also challenges the children to work out how to debug a programme, in simple terms.

In P.E. we will be learning about Dance around the world. Both classes have P.E. on Mondays and Wednesdays. They must have their full P.E. kit in school, please.

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