KS: Lower KS2
Year Group: Year 4
Author(s): William Grill
This is a Home Learning Branch for Shackleton's Journey. 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 Shackleton's Journey.
Packing lists (justifications), letters (formal and informal), setting descriptions, interviews, diaries, dialogue
15 sessions, 3 weeks
This is a three-week Writing Root for Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill in which children begin by discovering an advert asking for volunteers to join a ‘hazardous journey’. They then apply for one of the many roles on Shackleton’s expedition. Children then go on to use William Grill’s text to find out about the perilous adventure whilst creating interviews in role, writing both formal and informal letters and finally creating their own newspaper report about the events of Shackleton’s famous journey.
Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill's impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance. Children will love exploring Grill's exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.
Shackleton’s Journey is a uniquely visual non-fiction re-telling of Ernest Shackleton’s epic expedition across the Antarctic. The text has a clear factual style as well as sparse but thought-provoking illustrations by William Grill which are highly engaging. This gives children an understanding of the period after the Victorians and the start of WW1 and about what life was like in Britain.
Explorers, adventure, expeditions, famous people, friendship, resilience, determination and exploration
Date written: June 2017View Shackleton's Journey Writing Root
A Spelling Seed is available for Shackleton's Journey.
This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Shackleton's Journey by William Grill. 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.
arrive, caught, imagine, island, medicine, accident(ally), calendar, earth, extreme, famous, sentence, mention
More Prefixes: inter–, auto–, sub–
The suffix -ousView Shackleton's Journey Spelling Seed