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A Writing Root for Billy and the Beast

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KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Literary Theme: Heroes & Villains

Author(s): Nadia Shireen


Wanted poster, summary, email, character description, recipe

Main outcome:

Own version ‘defeat a monster’ narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root using Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen in which children create their own version of the Billy character and use them to defeat a terrible beast intent upon boiling up animals into a terrible feast. During the sequence, they write a ‘day in the life of’ in the form of a summary, emails to give advice, recipes and then create their own version of a Billy and the Beast story.

Synopsis of Text:

While out on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble... a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast!

He's making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat's friends!

Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)... Join quick-thinking Billy on her mission to defeat the Terrible Beast (and save those adorable little bunny rabbits too).

Text Rationale:

This is the first text in a series that follows the adventures of Billy and her trusted sidekick Fat Cat. Billy is a brilliant role model who always meets and overcomes various challenges (encounters with beasts, dragons and pirates) through her problem-solving and quick-thinking. This book is important for BAME representations and provides a strong female role model. Nadia Shireen is a significant, award-winning author and illustrator.

Links and themes:

Superheroes, heroes, friends, friendship, overcoming challenges, strong female role models, positive body image, BAME representation

Date written: July 2018

A Spelling Seed is available for Billy and the Beast.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen.  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

you, they, are, she, her, there, where

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /ŋ/ sound spelt n before k

Words ending in -y (/i:/ or /ɪ/)


a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e,u-e

air, ear(/ɛə/), earare(/ɛə/)

adjacent consonants

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