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A Planning Sequence for Winter’s Child

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KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Darkness & Light

Author(s): Angela McAllister & Grahame Baker Smith


Postcard (recount), dialogue, setting description as a letter, retelling

Main Outcome:

Fantasy story sequel


11 sessions, 2+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week planning sequence for Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister, in which children explore and are immersed in the theme of the story, making predictions about what might happen if you are not careful what you wish for. Children continue to explore the themes and language of the text, particularly identifying noun phrases and prepositional phrases and how they are used to create images. Children go on to predict what might happen after the story, as it becomes spring, and write their own simple sequel, applying the grammatical skills learnt.

Synopsis of Text:

When Tom wishes winter would never end, he meets another boy who shares his love of snow and ice. Playing together every day, Tom hardly notices that spring doesn't come - until he realises the terrible effect of unending winter is having on the countryside and his sick grandma. His friend is Winter's child, and for the seasons to go on the friends must say goodbye until next year.


Winter, snow, Christmas

A Spelling Seed is available for Winter’s Child.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a  two-session spelling seed for the book Winter's Child by Angela McAllister.  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

disappear, early, earth, enough, February

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable

Words ending with /g/ sound spelt -gue and the /k/ sound spelt -que (French in origin) 

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