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A Home Learning Branch for Pig the Pug


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Author(s): Aaron Blabey

This is a Home Learning Branch for Pig the Pug.  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 Pig the Pug.

Writing Root Overview:


Character comparisons, fact sheets, shared poem, own version narratives

Main outcome:

‘How to’ guide


15+ sessions, 3+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

In this three-week Writing Root, for Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey, children have the opportunity to explore character motives and feelings before researching a selection of animals and going on to write an own-version narrative. They are then asked by a character for some help in writing a ‘How to be a …’ guide and create this for a chosen pet. The sequence of learning includes regular opportunities for use of phonic knowledge and also embeds some of the spelling requirements for year 1. It supports the children into writing for a range of audiences and purposes, developing skills in composition, understanding of a range of punctuation and use of nouns and prepositions to construct a range of sentences and convey meaning.

Synopsis of Text:

Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is bad-tempered, rude and he never, ever shares. Friendly sausage dog Trevor is always trying to persuade Pig to play with him, but without success. When Pig is asked to share his toys, his greed finally backfires and something unexpected happens to him. Will Pig the Pug learn his lesson at last? 

Text Rationale:

This is a hilarious picture book about learning to share.The books has strong PSHE links, providing an engaging space to discuss sharing, collaborating and looking after each other. It can also lead to discussions about pets and taking care of living things.

Links and themes:

Dogs, pets, animals, collaboration, taking care of pets

Date written: January 2019      Updated: May 2022


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A Spelling Seed is available for Pig the Pug.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Dogs Project using the books Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey and How to Be a Dog by Jo Williamson.  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.


Common Exception Words

friend, there, were, we, was, a

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Using k for the /k/ sound



Revision of ai, oi, ay and oy

ng as in -ing

Revision of adjacent consonants

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