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A Spelling Seed for Dadaji's Paintbrush


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Literary Theme: Imagination & Creativity

Author(s): Rashmi Sirdeshpande


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Dadaji's Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande.  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

he, we, was, here, school

Spelling Rules and Patterns

compound words

Adding the endings -ing and -ed to words


Revision of alternative graphemes for /ee/

Revision of vowel digraphs


A Writing Root is available for Dadaji's Paintbrush.

Writing Root Overview:


Labels, captions, character comparisons, thought and speech bubbles, fact files

Main Outcome:

Own version narrative


15 session, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

In this three-week Writing Root for Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande the children develop reading skills of prediction and inference, have the opportunity to practise use of basic sentence punctuation and create compound sentences before learning about apostrophes for omission and possession. The children then create a fact file  where they incorporate the learning they have experienced over the course of the first stage of the sequence of learning. Finally, the children plan and then write their own version narrative, focusing on using verb endings correctly; using statements and commands and sequencing sentences to form short narratives and beginning to develop coherence.

Synopsis of Text:

This beautiful book will help children discover that bereavement can be a beginning, not an ending, as we follow the inspirational story of one boy's grief when he loses his beloved grandfather. Dadaji loves to teach others to paint, especially his grandson. But after Dadaji passes away, the boy can’t bear to use the favourite paintbrush his grandfather left for him. When a little girl knocks on the door, the boy discovers how many lives Dadaji touched with his art, and finds a way to continue his legacy.

Text Rationale:

This poignant story explores issues around bereavement and the healing powers of creativity. Accompanied by heartfelt illustrations which also help tell the story, children will develop empathy and be able to discuss strategies for getting us through difficult times.  This books also authentically represents Indian characters and culture.

Links and themes:

Grandfather, art, bereavement, family, creativity 

Date written: December 2022

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