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A Writing Root for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 5

Literary Theme: Power vs. Principles

Author(s): Rick Riordan


Poetry in the form of an ode, soliloquy, setting descriptions, diary entries, additional chapter, non-chronological reports

Main Outcome:

Own version mythical narrative


20 sessions, 4 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This 4-week Writing Root takes children on an adventure through the discovery of a sword, tied to which is an ancient-looking scroll, to writing an ode,
exploring character and setting development, and then writing an own version narrative chapter. Following Reading for Research into Greek Gods, the children will complete the sequence by writing an extended narrative in role as an invented demi-god.

Synopsis of Text:

I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and  generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Text rationale:

This book provides an opportunity to teach classic Greek mythology through a modern story which will grip children with its sense of adventure, relatable characters and fast-paced plot. With obvious links to the history curriculum, children will learn about Greek gods, mythical creatures and myths as well as explore themes of identity, perseverance and bravery.  

Links and themes:

Ancient Greece, mythology, Greek Gods, Zeus, adventure, perseverance, bravery, loyalty

Date written: October 2017

A Spelling Seed is available for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  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

ancient, competition, lightning, relevant, physical

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Use of the hyphen

Words ending in –ant, –ance/–ancy

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