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A Spelling Seed for Peace on Earth


KS: Lower KS2, R & KS1, Upper KS2

Year Group: Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Literary Theme: Coming together & community

Author(s): Smriti Halls and David Litchfield

Main Outcome(s):

Signage, poems, notes/thought-bubbles/diary entries, blurb/publicity content, advert, mission statements/job applications/charters, slogans


10+ sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week Writing Root for Peace on Earth by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield. Children will receive a special delivery of a box of gifts and explore the symbolism of these, using noun phrases. To support continuous provision and immersion of the themes, the children in EYFS and Year 1 have a space that is set up as a Peace Emporium, to which items and play opportunities (including developmental writing) are added as the Writing Root progresses. The book is then gifted to the children and poetic devices are explored before children go on to create poetry. The text is shared to the end and the main themes of falling out with friends and restoring peace are explored. Children then write about the book; create adverts/mission statements and eventually write a charter for peace for their own school. The sequence of learning can be concluded by holding a charter launch party where outcomes can be shared.

Synopsis of Text:

From the creators of Rain Before Rainbows comes a beautiful book that lights a path for all those who dare to dream of peace.

A happy band of friends journey together, but dark clouds threaten their friendship and they lose their way in a story that starts in the safety of the happy and familiar, then goes on to explore the difficulty of discord and hurt; what it means to lose and find peace again; the bravery it takes to be a peace-maker; and the jubilance that peace ushers in. From smiles to small gestures, to natural beauty, we discover that while peace isn’t always easy to find, it makes love and friendship whole.


Peace, overcoming, losing and restoring, love, friendship

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