Jack and the Beanstalk. 4: And he went higher!

Tutorial 4: Learn the song 'And he went higher!'

Tutorial: 'And he went higher!'

During the tutorial the children will:

  • Learn Verse 1 - noting the high jumps and the low jumps.
  • Learn the Chorus - clapping in the rests.
  • Learn Verses 2 and 3.
  • Recognise the high and low jumpy note patterns in each verse.
  • Note the rests in the chorus and be able to clap in them.
  • Note the similar rhythms which happen in each verse - they are repeated.

Song: 'And he went higher!'

  • Sing And he went higher! again all the way through, making sure that you sing the high and low jumpy note patterns in tune.

  • Practise clapping in the rests in the chorus, keeping together with the beat of the music.

  • Note the 'long, long, short' note patterns in each verse and the fast tempo.

Sing with the full-vocal version of 'And he went higher!'
Sing with the backing track of 'And he went higher!'

The story

There are two episodes of the Jack and the Beanstalk story on each content page.

Episode 7 of the story

Episode 7

Jack wakes in the morning to find his room darker than usual - and he can hear a strange rustling noise coming from outside. When he goes over to the window Jack sees an enormous plant, reaching up into the sky - the beanstalk!

Jack is delighted that the old man really had been telling the truth after all - and now Jack also knows why he was given the shoes.

Jack creeps downstairs, without waking his Ma, and slowly he starts to climb the beanstalk.

Soon the cottage is far, far below him...and then Jack is up among the clouds. But he keeps climbing, higher and higher...

Episode 8 of the story

Episode 8

Jack carries on climbing and now the clouds are below him but above all he can see is more sky. Jack tires and wonders if he can carry on but then he hears the voice of the old man, encouraging him to keep climbing and letting him know he is nearly at the top.

Finally Jack reaches the top and pulls himself through a gap between two rocks to see a bleak landscape all around. Next he sees a hare and it leads Jack to a path...which he follows until he sees an enormous castle.

As Jack approaches the castle he wonders who could possibly live in such a place.

Literacy links

Year 1: Discuss how Jack is feeling as he climbs the beanstalk. What are the things that he is missing? Take it in turns to say his thoughts out loud - eg ‘I miss my mum! / I miss Daisy! / I'm not sure I can go any further.'

Year 2: Ask the children to imagine and describe what the castle looks like in detail. Write down all the descriptive words they suggest. Children can then write some short descriptive sentences about the castle.

An extract from 'Carnival of the animals' by Camille Saint-Saens.

Listening music

Extract from Carnival of the animals by Camille Saint-Saens.

  • The music describes the lion. Is the rhythm smooth and gentle or strong and jumpy? (Strong and jumpy).

  • Are the dynamics loud or quiet? (Loud).

  • Can children spot the lion 'roaring' in the music? (At 37" when the music runs quickly up and down).

Comprehension quiz

Four questions about Episode 7 and four questions about Episode 8.


Teacher's Notes
Lyrics - And he went higher!
Sheet music - And he went higher!

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