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A Home Learning Branch for Jabberwocky


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Author(s): Lewis Carroll

This is a Home Learning Branch for Jabberwocky.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from Writing Roots.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Writing Root is available for Jabberwocky.

Writing Root Overview:


Performance poetry, explanatory descriptions

Main Outcome:

Nonsense poem


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week Writing Root for Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll where children will use the language of the poem to investigate and explore their knowledge of etymology and morphology, before performing the poem and eventually creating their own nonsense verse with a gruesome creature based on the same structure.

Synopsis of Text:

The world’s best-loved nonsense poem inspires a fresh, enchantingly surreal treatment in this beautiful edition from an exciting new talent.

Text Rationale:

This nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll has been a firm favourite since its inclusion in the novel Through the Looking Glass in 1871.  The poem presents an opening for children to explore the fantastical world of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland.  Including weird and wonderful characters and a host of completely nonsense vocabulary there will be fun opportunities for language acquisition and comprehension, as well for performance poetry.  

Links and themes:

Nonsense verse, narrative poetry, Alice in Wonderland, Alice through the Looking-Glass, fantasy worlds

Date written: June 2017

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A Spelling Seed is available for Jabberwocky.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement Writing Roots 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.

There is a Spelling Seed session for every week of the associated Writing Root.


Word List Words

certain, continue, experience, forward(s), guard, peculiar, surprise, various, strange, ordinary

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The suffix -ly

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