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A Writing Root for The Tin Forest

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Dreams & Curiosity

Author(s): Helen Ward


Persuasive posters, information leaflets, postcards, diary entries, wishes, setting descriptions

Main Outcome:

Persuasive information poster


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root that uses The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. The sequence of learning begins with children arriving to class to find that rubbish has been emptied out all over the floor! They look at ways that the rubbish could be sifted and sorted, and even recycled into something new.  Children will explore the main character and the journey he goes through in clearing up the rubbish around his little house and transforming it into a beautiful forest of tin.  Through the Writing Root, children write in role as the old man, producing diary entries and wishes and also write a postcard to him to pass on some advice. The sequence of learning finishes with children writing a persuasive piece to encourage others to protect an area in the local environment.  This book would work well alongside learning on conservation, climate change and the plant life cycle.

Synopsis of Text:

"There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten that was filled with all the things that no one wanted." So begins Helen Ward's tale of the Tin Forest where an old man lives who tidies the rubbish and dreams of a better place. With faith, ingenuity and hard work, he transforms a junkyard into a wonderland in this poetic modern fable.

Text Rationale:

This beautiful book by significant author Helen Ward has strong links with the topics of the environment, recycling and protection of the rainforest which are expressed through imagery presented in the illustrations. The narrative tells of the ultimate triumph of nature over the devastating impact of man and will open discussions around protection of the environment and holding on to hopes and dreams.  

Links and themes:

Environment, activism, habitats, conservationism, the transformative effect of nature, hope

Date written: June 2017           Updated: September 2020

A Spelling Seed is available for The Tin Forest.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book The Tin Forest by Helen Ward.  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

particular, perhaps, position, possible, quarter, question, therefore

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Possessive apostrophe with plural words

Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

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