Last week we continued our exploration of Jack and the Beanstalk, by working together to create a story map! We talked first about who the characters were, how the story started and how it ended. We have noticed many opportunities to talk about feelings in this story, which is important and contributes to children’s developing empathy as they understand how others might be feeling and why. 

In a story map, you use pictures to represent different parts of the story, so that children can then use it to tell the story themselves. The children volunteered to draw the different parts of the story and we all told the story together as we created our map. They know the story so well now, they can all join in with retelling the story and some children have started making their own changes to the story; one child told us that the hen in fact lays golden pizza. What a creative idea!

Later on in the week, some children explored drawing characters from the story, while using the story map we made together to give them ideas. We have loved exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and we have noticed the children using the new language and ideas from the story, to inform their play. 

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