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A Writing Root for The Three Little Pigs Project


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KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Utopia vs. Dystopia

Author(s): The Guardian


Newspaper headlines, news report, persuasive speeches, diary narratives from a particular point of view, comments for newspaper comments section, debate

Main Outcome:

A collection of letters to a newspaper expressing a range of different opinions on the same issue


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

Using the award winning 2012 Guardian advert ‘Three Little Pigs’, this Writing Root gives the children opportunities to explore journalistic writing by identifying viewpoint and bias. It also looks at other writing which requires a ‘stance’ or point of view portrayed from a particular angle, such as a diary, a defence case for a lawyer and balanced debate/discussion text. There will be opportunities for embedded grammar work throughout, in particular that of active and passive voice and the role these can play in reported events.


This video advertisement was created by the Guardian newspaper and won the Cannes-Lion award upon its release. Created to portray the newspaper’s approach to open journalism, it shows how they would report on a story like The Three Little Pigs in print and visually. Children will explore bias, objectivity and justice as they unpick the different voices and perspectives which make up the well-known story. The advert will open up plenty of opportunities for debate and children will understand the importance of considering all sides of a story before jumping to conclusions.  

Links and Themes:

Film, traditional tales, fairytales, fairy tales, tolerance, understanding, perspective, bias

Date written: April 2013

Updated: October 2023

A Spelling Seed is available for The Three Little Pigs Project.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book The Three Little Pigs Project using the film by The Guardian.  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

apparent, government, neighbour, parliament, thorough

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Homophones and other words that are often confused

Words containing the suffixes -ate, -ify, en

View The Three Little Pigs Project Spelling Seed

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