£5.00 (inc. VAT)
KS: Lower KS2
Year Group: Year 4
Literary Theme: Finding Freedom
Author(s): Charles Causley
"We loved this book! Our school is only 20 minutes away from Zennor, we brought the story to life with a class visit to the village! We gathered nouns and adjectives, using our senses, imagining what it must have been like for Tom and Zac to live there."
Information booklets, retelling from a different perspective, letters, tourist guides
Own version legends
3 weeks, 15 session
This is a three-week Writing Root for The Mermaid of Zennor by Charles Causley in which children begin by exploring the story and language of the book before making predictions and creating some letters to characters in the story. They then go on to create guides to Zennor, retelling the story from the mermaid’s perspective and finishing by creating their own merfolk characters to include in a legend-style story that could be set in Cornwall or elsewhere.
On the rugged Cornish coast, where the land meets the sea, lies the village of Zennor. Here, there are stories and whispers of a villager capturing the heart of a mysterious and beautiful stranger from the sea ... a mermaid! From a landscape rich with myth and magic comes this classic folk tale. With beautiful watercolour illustrations from award-winning artist Michael Foreman.
This is a fantastical tale about mermaids covering themes of escapism and freedom. It is a classic popular Cornish folk tale, so it represents a great way to learn about the history of the United Kingdom and different ways of life within it. It is written in a poetic style, and the retelling by the poet Charles Causley and contains a wealth of archaic vocabulary that lends itself to literary language. It has been illustrated by the celebrated illustrator (and author in his own right) Michael Foreman. Please note that as this story is old-fashioned in its style and narrative, it contains some gender stereotypes that may need to be addressed within the context of the story.
Cornwall, mermaids, merfolk, legends, oceans, escapism, freedom
Date written: August 2021
A Spelling Seed is available for The Mermaid of Zennor.
This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Mermaid of Zennor by Charles Causley. 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.
decide, guide, important, learn, natural, notice, possible, group
The suffix -ation
Words with endings sounding like /ʒə/ or /tʃə/
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