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A Planning Sequence for Jim and the Beanstalk

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 2

Literary Theme: A Twist in the Tale

Author(s): Raymond Briggs


Narrative re-telling (including dialogue), thought bubbles, informal letters

Main Outcome:

Sequel story


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week planning sequence for Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. To begin with, ensure children know ‘original’ version of story – read it some weeks before. Ensure they have access to a number of Fairytales and ‘twisted tales’ in the book area/class library. Introduce a Fairytale sequel, using ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ by Raymond Briggs. Children discover a beanstalk and footprint in the classroom and use this to engage with and learn the story and retell it to one another. Children then use their knowledge of the sequel to initially innovate and then create their own sequel to another well-known fairytale, e.g. Auburn Hair and the Three Bears.

Synopsis of Text:

A re-telling of the classic children's story by the author and illustrator of the best-selling Snowman. Jim finds a beanstalk growing outside his window one morning, and follows his famous predecessor up to the top.


Traditional tales, fairytales, fairy tales, twisted tales, Jack and the Beanstalk

A Spelling Seed is available for Jim and the Beanstalk.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.


Common Exception Words

again, beautiful, child, eye, half, hour, kind, move, poor, whole

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /ɒ/ sound spelt a after w and qu

The /ʒ/ sound spelt s

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