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A Spelling Seed for Can We Save the Tiger?


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Evolution & Inheritance

Author(s): Martin Jenkins


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkoins.  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

category, environment, existence, nuisance, persuade, sufficient, suggest

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words containing the letter-string ough

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer

A Writing Root is available for Can We Save the Tiger?.

Writing Root Overview:


Letter, explanation, persuasive poster, persuasive speech, simple poem

Main Outcome:

Discussion text


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root based upon Can We Save the Tiger by Martin Jenkins and Vicky White, but also using the poem The Tyger by William Blake from Songs of Innocence and Experience.  Children begin by exploring an argument from another group’s perspective, before going on to read the text. During the sequence of learning, children create posters, persuasive speeches, poems (as well as having the opportunity to lean a poem by heart), explanation texts and discussion texts.  The final outcome gives children the opportunity to research an animal of their choice, before writing and publishing their discussion text.

Synopsis of Text:

Tigers are big, beautiful and fierce. But, like many other animals, they are in danger of becoming extinct. With breathtaking illustrations this large-format picture book tells us about the threats to the many endangered species on our planet and the need to prevent their extinction.

Text Rationale:

The plight of tigers and many other critically endangered animals are highlighted in this visually stunning picture book.  As a starting point for discussing conservation and protection, children will learn important environmental messages and understand the need to raise awareness of how to look after what we have left.  Compelling illustrations by Vicky White accompany powerful text by Martin Jenkins and the book may act as a springboard into other non-fiction texts on the same theme. 

Links and Themes:

Conservation, activism, speciesism, Darwinism, evolution, adaptation, extinction, endangered animals, captivity, protection

Date written: August 2016

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