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Jack and the Beanstalk


Try to use as many of these words as possible when you are talking about our story and our topic.

This is not a list of words to read or spell.

Jack and the Beanstalk adapted by Mara Alperin illustrated by Mark Chambers

Activity One

Watch the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Can you answer these questions?

Where did Jack and his mum live?

Why did Jack have to sell the cow?

Why was mum cross?

What was at the top of the beanstalk?

What did the giantess (lady giant) give Jack to eat?

What did the giant say?

How did Jack feel when he saw the giant?

What was special about the hen?

What did Jack’s mum do when Jack got to the bottom of the beanstalk?

Look carefully at Jack and his mum’s cottage at the end of the story. How has it changed?  Why?

Activity Two

Watch the story again.

Which is your favourite part of the story?

Can you tell your adult about it?

Now can you write a sentence.

Adults – help your child to keep their sentence short (4 or 5 words) and use the Tips for writing to help you. Don’t write a sentence for your child to copy.

Support them to sound out the words using the sound mat. It doesn’t matter if the words are not spelled correctly.

Challenge! Can you write 2 sentences? Make sure you use the blue side of your sound mat to spell digraphs.



Activity Three

Can you tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to your teddy  (and your adult). 

Try to remember what happened at the beginning of the story, in the middle and at the end. Can you remember what the giant said? Try to use words from the story.

Challenge: can you use the words “Once upon a time”, “poor”, “magic”, “enormous”, “gigantic”, “suddenly” and “terrified”?


Remember to keep practising your handwriting!