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A Spelling Seed for The Journey Home


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 2

Literary Theme: Creation & Conservation

Author(s): Frann Preston-Gannon


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon.  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.


Common Exception Words

because, cold, could, every, find, grass, kind, plant, prove, should

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Adding –ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter after a single vowel letter

Adding the endings –ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words ending in –e with a consonant before it

The /i:/ sound spelt –ey

A Writing Root is available for The Journey Home.

Writing Root Overview:


Posters, lists, postcards, wanted posters, information report, short stories

Main Outcome:

Persuasive letter


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week Writing Root for The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon. The text explores issues of conservation and starts to explore whether we can escape the issues that endangered animals face on a day-to-day basis. Children create fact files on endangered animals as well writing short persuasive pieces on why we need to save a particular endangered animal. Children will be able to identify how a sentence is formed by its grammatical structure as a question, a command, a statement or an exclamation. Children will be encouraged to edit work, being aware of tense and word choice. Word classes (nouns/verbs/adjectives) will be referred to throughout.

Synopsis of Text:

The ice is melting so Polar Bear sets off in search of a new home. Join him on his adventures across the seas and discover the many friends he meets along the way. This beautifully illustrated story has a powerful message of conservation and is full of things for parents and children to talk about. Frann was the winner of an amazing Sendak Fellowship and spent a month living with the great Maurice Sendak himself at his home in Connecticut, USA. She worked on The Journey Home during her stay there.

Text Rationale:

This beautifully illustrated book tells the poignant story of a group of animals who set out to look for new habitats. This text is a powerful springboard into discussions about global warming, the environment and conservation with children – it is a call to action. This text can be accompanied by There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom by the same author. Frann Preston-Gannon is a prolific and significant author-illustrator who has won many awards, including the ‘Sendak Fellowship’ and was able to spend a month learning from the great Maurice Sendak.

Links and themes:

Environment, environmentalism, conservation, conservationism, extinction, endangered species, activism, geography, science, global warming

Date written: December 2015

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