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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 Weslandia


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Author(s): Paul Fleischman

This is a Home Learning Branch for Weslandia.  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 Weslandia.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Retelling, character description, book review

Main Outcome:

Non-chronological report


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week planning sequence based around the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. It begins with children creating a shelter for their own civilization, as a hook to create engagement with the text. The first part then continues with children making predictions, describing Wesley’s character and eventually retelling the story in their own words. In the second part, children begin by creating a non-chronological report, published as a brochure for Weslandia itself, using planning models and information from and inferred from the text. In the final part, children create their own civilization, based on Weslandia. Grammar and spelling objectives are embedded throughout.

Synopsis of Text:

Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.


Bullying, being yourself, difference, civilisations

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A Spelling Seed is available for Weslandia.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman.  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.


Word List Words

centuries, guide, history, learn, material, reign, believe, different, interest. popular, exercise, opposite

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /ɪ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words

The suffix -ous

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A Learning Log is available for Weslandia.

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