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A Writing Root for The Selfish Giant

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KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Darkness & Light

Author(s): Oscar Wilde


Letters, first person recount, diaries, letters, posters, reports

Main Outcome:

Own version narrative about kindness


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root for The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde in which children will explore the text through a range of immersion and engagement activities and will write a range of texts, including diaries, letters, posters, reports, and their own versions (narratives).

Synopsis of Text:

“The Selfish Giant” is of the most famous and didactic fairy tales by Oscar Wilde, called after its main character - a capricious and egoistic giant. This is a parable about the transformative power of love and kindness that brings spring even to the coldest heart.

Text Rationale:

This beloved tale by Oscar Wilde has stood the test of time.  Including themes of love, forgiveness and redemption, the story will help children build compassion towards the characters and develop empathy for those who find themselves in difficult emotional situations.  Following the cycle of the seasons as the giant’s emotions gradually change, there are strong links to the science and geography curriculums.  

Links and themes:

Christianity, giants, friendship, compassion, love, forgiveness, redemption

Date written: June 2017

Please be aware that the Alexis Deacon illustrated edition of the text is abridged and therefore the sequence will need some minor adaptation if using that version.

A Spelling Seed is available for The Selfish Giant.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde.  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

earth, believe, build, actual(ly), occasion(ally), particular, perhaps, though/although, separate, eight

Spelling Rules and Patterns

More Prefixes: re-, anti-

Words with the /eɪ/sound spelt ei, eigh, ay or ey

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