We’ve had a long term – (perhaps a little too long) of looking at the book Jack and the Beanstalk.
This has brought so much awe and wonder to the children.
First they found footprints, a giant shirt and giant boots!
What are these? Who do they belong to? Why are they here?
Later on they found the book wrapped up and they were all so excited to read it.
The giant sent the children a letter apologising for leaving all the mess and he gave them some ‘magic beans’ (sunflower seeds) to grow.
The children loved watching them grow and explored what happened when they watered them. They decided to bring them home on Mother’s Day, with their Mother’s Day card!
The giants footprints were used to measure and compare the children’s feet in provision. Children were inspired to work together to build a giants castle.
We used the forest school area to search for the giant, chanting the song: were going on a giant hunt were going to catch a big one were not scared… uh oh..
We used positional language to model obstacles in our way and to make decisions of how to get passed.
The children loved writing letters back to the giant and getting ready to post it!
Such a cross curricular activity – the fun never ends!
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Whilst some schools might be preparing to go back I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit this half term!
It’s so important to sit back, relax and do something you love when your off. School life is so busy and it’s easy to get hung up on the bubble of planning, teaching and assessing constantly.
At some point over your Easter break I advise you to switch off and be you!
I am planning to book a short last minute break somewhere over Easter and also make sure I relax too.
Whilst I complete my masters degree in education, it is important for me to manage my time. I may take one or two mornings of my holiday to do my work but I’m not going to let it over power me.
Enjoy your Easter break!!
As a teacher you can often watch a child struggling and automatically reach out to help them.
But I’ve learned that it’s extremely hard but much more valuable if you let them struggle!
Let children find new ways and problem solve. When allowing them to struggle children will feel proud to accomplish the goal. They will be confident to problem solve and approach new situations with confidence too.
It’s easy to give children too much scaffolding but struggle means they are learning.
I have started to promote struggle and mistakes in my class by valuing effort rather than ‘cleverness.’ The children now feel proud to see that more effort means more can be accomplished. After all it is a life skill!
There are some lovely mindset books that can be read with children across primary school too. Discussion around mindset and allowing your brain to grow is great for perseverance in subjects such as maths!
I can’t do it …yet!
Or wow your brain is growing keep trying! Works a treat.
The children have really enjoyed the start of our topic of Jack and the Beanstalk.
It all started with children finding large foot steps which lead to the outdoor area where they found magic beans and a giant shirt.
Who could it be? How did it happen? The discussion and language that children used instantly increased due to the excitement.
Since then I have put a range of enhancements in the provision. Magic beans and green play dough in the play dough area. A range of beans on plates in the collection area which helped children to sort the beans and create different patterns.
The giant has sent us a letter back apologising for making a mess and explaining he got lost. The giant gave the children some magic beans (sunflower seeds) and the children have planted them and are eager to find out what’s going to happen.
The children have used cubes to measure how many cubes long the giants feet are and they have enjoyed playing in our giants castle role play with giant bowls, spoons and clothes. Sorry for the limited amount of images for these ideas!
Some children created wanted posters, invitations for a banquet and thank you cards for the giant too.
Jack and the beanstalk lenses itself to great curiosity in children and can be used to gain great observations in all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
This holidays iv picked up a ‘giant’ men’s shirt and some magic beans.
Iv prepped some cardboard ready for a castle and kept some tube like junk materials for my theme.
It’s not hard to guess what this half terms theme is! But I have so many ideas I am pretty excited to get started!
Keep a look out for activity ideas all based on … jack and the beanstalk!
Well half term is over and a new term is about to begin! I hope all teachers have had a restful week off with as little work as possible!
I always aim to organise myself a little on a weekend with a bit of self care.
I prep myself some healthy lunches for the week. This makes a huge difference! It’s great knowing that there’s one less job on my to to list.
I also prep a few healthy evening meals to come home to. I especially make sure I have something prepped on Tuesday as it’s staff meeting day and it feels great to come home to a healthy meal that’s already cooked!
As part of self care I also iron a few dresses and clothes for the week! It’s the little things that make a big difference.
I always plan to fit in at least 2 gym sessions or book an evening class to help me relax and unwind. Leaving the gym feeing refreshed really puts me in the right mindset for work the next day.
Self care is definitely a must so make time for you this half term!
After spending a week and a half in bed with aches pains, and every bug you can possibly catch from 5 year olds… reflecting on life was the only thing I could possibly do!
I was too weak to work, to even go downstairs and get a drink. I was too drowsy to keep my eyes open for longer than an hour and all I could do was sleep sleep sleep. Until I finally went to the doctors and was also given some antibiotics for a chest infection I also managed to catch on top of my other million symptoms!
It made me think of what is important in life. It’s not very often that I am ill, not for that amount of time either! But to just be stuck in bed all day made me realise it’s not the materials or the silly things like laundry that mattered. It was love, having my partner by my side reminding me to take my medication and giving me food and drink.
It was having my mum text and ring me and send me a million vitamins and boost teas like she does! It’s the people that matter that the most. Of course it seems obvious, but at the beginning of the week I was worried about being without my class and all the planning and things I have missed. Sometimes we rush around worried about silly things that can actually wait. And it was the people around that mattered the most.
Let’s stop worry about the small stuff and think carefully about what really matters in life. As without health, you don’t have much!