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A Home Learning Branch for The Odd Egg


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Author(s): Emily Gravett

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Odd Egg.  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 The Odd Egg.

Writing Root Overview:


Thought and speech bubbles, diary entry, letter, certificate

Main outcome:

Egg-spotter’s guide (non-fiction report)


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week Writing Root using The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. It would be particularly beneficial to cover this during the late spring or early summer term near to Easter and linking to themes of ‘new life’ or when learning about animals and their young. It links to the literary theme of similarities and differences and connections can be made to different types of families and the book And Tango Makes Three. Within this sequence of learning, children begin by identifying different types of eggs and predicting who they might belong to, before exploring the text and its many PSHCE and Scientific links. The final outcome is for children to make a non-fiction ‘Egg Spotter’s Guide’ after researching different types of eggs from the book.

Synopsis of Text:

All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. When Duck is delighted to find an egg of his own to look after: it's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed - and everyone's in for a big surprise when it finally hatches.

Text Rationale:

This charming story by award-winning illustrator and author Emily Gravett provides opportunities to talk about different family structures and adoption.  Children will engage with a host of endearing animal characters to help them understand the themes woven throughout. Furthermore, links can be made with identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Links and themes:

Eggs, families, adoption, parenthood, bullying, science, different family structures and family relationships 

Date written: November 2015

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A Spelling Seed is available for The Odd Egg.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.  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

put, push, pull, full

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Adding the endings -ing, -ed and -er where no change is needed to the root words


The consonant digraph ng

Adjacent consonants

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