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A Planning Sequence for FArTHER

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Invention & Innovation

Author(s): Grahame Baker Smith


Retellings, recounts (postcards), setting descriptions, diary entries, instructions

Main Outcome:

Sequel story


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This three-week sequence begins by introducing the concept of dreams and how important they are in our lives. It continues by exploring the text through a range of activities that include explicit grammar teaching, opportunities for shorter written outcomes and book talk. Children create a story-map of the key events from the book to write a sequel, they write a set of instruction to describe how their own flying machine works. Children finish by writing a longer story about an adventure in a sequel to the text.

Synopsis of Text:

A young boy, bewitched by his fathers unrelenting passion to fly; a desperate craving that absorbs his every waking minute, finds himself entranced by the dream. When his father goes to war and does not return it seems the spell is broken. . Much later, the boy, now a young man finds himself drawn once more to his fathers drawings and failed experiments. Finally able to make his fathers dream a reality he flies. Will his own son be visited by this unrelenting passion?


Ancient Greece, Icarus, Greek myths, Da Vinci, flight, World War 1, World War One, The Great War, dreams, aspirations, invention

A Spelling Seed is available for FArTHER.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book FArTHER by Grahame Baker Smith.  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

complete, disappear, experiment, increase, learn, often, promise, regular, thought, different

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Endings which sounds like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian

More prefixes dis-, mis-, in-

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