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A Planning Sequence for The Arrival

£5.00 (inc. VAT)

KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Migration & Movement

Author(s): Shaun Tan


Letters, list of rules, character descriptions, diaries, short playscripts, short report, guides

Main Outcome:

Extended own version narrative


17 sessions, 3+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence using The Arrival by Shaun Tan. It explores the issue of immigration and the reasons why people have to flee countries and seek asylum. Children explore characters, emotions, different points of view and the challenges faced by the main character and some of the other characters who have made their way to a new land. Children will write diary of the little girl left behind and there are opportunities to write short scripts for scenes and narrative passages to describe what is happening at certain points in the book. It includes exemplified grammar activities throughout, as well as including drama techniques, such as Thought Tapping.

Synopsis of Text:

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place.


Refugees, immigration, migration, wordless, film

A Spelling Seed is available for The Arrival.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a spelling seed for the book The Arrival by Shaun Tan.  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

accommodate, bargain, communicate, foreign, identity, individual, language, pronunciation, queue

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Homophones and other words that are often confused

Words with ‘silent’ letters (i.e. letters whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word)

View The Arrival Spelling Seed

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