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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:

Alternative sequence

A Home Learning Branch for The Odd Egg


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Author(s): Emily Gravett

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Odd Egg.  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 The Odd Egg.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Thought and speech bubbles, diary entry, letter, certificate

Main outcome:

Egg-spotter’s guide (non-fiction report)


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week sequence using The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. It would be particularly beneficial to cover this during the late spring or early summer term near to Easter and linking to themes of ‘new life’ or when learning about animals and their young. It links to the literary theme of similarities and differences and connections can be made to different types of families and the book And Tango Makes Three. Within this sequence, children begin by identifying different types of eggs and predicting who they might belong to, before exploring the text and its many PSHCE and Scientific links. The final outcome is for children to make a non-fiction ‘Egg Spotter’s Guide’ after researching different types of eggs from the book.

Synopsis of Text:

All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. When Duck is delighted to find an egg of his own to look after: it's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed - and everyone's in for a big surprise when it finally hatches.


Eggs, families, adoption, parenthood, bullying

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A Spelling Seed is available for The Odd Egg.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.  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

put, push, pull, full

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Adding the endings -ing, -ed and -er where no change is needed to the root words


The consonant digraph ng

Adjacent consonants

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A Learning Log is available for The Odd Egg.

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