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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

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A Writing Root for The Legend of Sally Jones

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Confidence & Caution

Author(s): Jakob Wegelius


Birth Certificate, letter, class ‘book of tricks’, newspaper article, dialogue, advert, diary entry, leaflet, telegram, booklet, ‘so long’ note

Main Outcome:

A further adventure in the style of the author


16 sessions, 3+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root for The Legend of Sally Jones by Jakob Wegelius. It would be best placed towards the end of Year 3 or as a transition sequence for Year 4. It uses the illustrated novel to inspire children to write for a range of purposeful reasons, building towards writing their own further adventure for Sally Jones that would follow on from the book. Grammar, spelling and vocabulary are woven throughout with chances for children to apply these in their writing.

Synopsis of Text:

Deep in the African rainforest, in the midst of a tropical storm, a gorilla is born - a gorilla like no other.  This is the story of that gorilla's fantastic voyage across the world, from the Congolese jungle to the grand bazaar of Istanbul, from Borneo to London, Singapore and beyond. The story of a mysterious jewel thief and a sad sailor with a heart of gold. A story of friendship and adventure on the high seas.  This is the story of Sally Jones.


Conservationism, speciesism, trust, exploration, captivity

Date written: March 2020

A Spelling Seed is available for The Legend of Sally Jones.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Legend of Sally Jones by Jakob Wegelius.  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

accident(ally), caught, disappear, important, island, natural, notice, pressure, sentence

Spelling Rules and Patterns

More prefixes (dis-, mis-, in-, il,- im-.ir-re- sub-, inter-, super, anti-, auto-)

Homophones and near-homophones

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