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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

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A Home Learning Branch for Lost and Found


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Author(s): Oliver Jeffers

This is a Home Learning Branch for Lost and Found.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Planning Sequence is available for Lost and Found.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Character descriptions, retellings, advice, instructions, non-chronological reports

Main outcome:

Own version ‘losing/finding’ narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week planning sequence using Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers Create a situation, before introducing the author or text, where the penguin appears in the classroom with a sign hanging around his neck, saying ‘I am lost’. Introduce Oliver Jeffers and display a collection of his books within the classroom and book area. Read several stories as part of Guided Reading and story time, particularly books containing the boy (Noah) from ‘Lost and Found’, e.g. ‘How to Catch a Star’, ‘Up and Down’ and ‘The Way Back Home’. Encourage children to read more by the same author. Write a sequence of instructions using consistent tense, detailed diagrams and numbers or words indicating chronological order (marking and feedback against agreed success criteria).

Synopsis of Text:

From the rising star of children’s picture books comes the magical tale of friendship and loneliness, a boy and a penguin. There once was a boy… and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.


Unusual friendships, habitats, oceans, penguins, polar animals, film

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A Spelling Seed is available for Lost and Found.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum 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.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.


Common Exception Words

once, one, ask, come, some

Spelling Rules and Patterns

New consonant spellings ph and wh

Words ending in -y (/i:/ or /I/)


Revision of the r-controlled vowels

Revision of the vowel digraphs ai, oi, ay and oy

Revision of the alternative graphemes for long e: ee and ea

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A Learning Log is available for Lost and Found.

View Lost and Found Learning Log
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