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A Planning Sequence for Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 5

Literary Theme: Mystery & Truth

Author(s): Markus Motum


Proposal to NASA, information labels, short explanation, NASA log of Mars landing, news report

Main Outcome:

Expanded explanation for a new rover


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum. It explores the themes of exploration and discovery and what it means to be curious. Children will follow the journey of the NASA rover Curiosity as it makes its way to Mars. Children will write labels to explain Curiosity’s features before exploring how to use cohesive devices to expand and explain. They will use the passive voice to log the rover’s landing on Mars and write a short news report to be broadcast to Times Square. Finally, children will draw together their learning to design a new rover and write an expanded explanation to propose it as the future of NASA exploration.

Synopsis of Text:

Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum's stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has been before.


Mars, space, curiosity, explorotion, robotics

A Spelling Seed is available for Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum.  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

communicate, curiosity. environment, existence, system, temperature, vehicle

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words ending in -able/-ible

Words with ‘silent’ letters

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