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A Spelling Seed for Cloud Tea Monkeys

 

KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Overcoming Adversity

Author(s): Mal Peet

Overview:

This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet.  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.

Coverage:

Word List Words

calendar, circle, enough, fruit, medicine, regular, strength, woman/women

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /i/sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of a word

Homophones and other words that are often confused

A Planning Sequence is available for Cloud Tea Monkeys.

Planning Sequence Overview:

Outcomes:

Descriptive passages, writing in role, ‘how to’ guide (instructions), letter, discussion

Main Outcome:

Non-chronological report

Length:

15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This three-week planning sequence begins with the arrival of a Royal Tea –Taster in class seeking apprentice tea-tasters. The children experience an immersive session where they smell and taste a range of different teas before creating descriptive statements to describe a tea. A basket is then delivered and inside is a magical and moving story about Cloud Tea and how monkeys save a young girl and her mother. As the text is read, the children are exposed to range of language activities to stimulate grammatical development and reading comprehension skills. The children then write letters of thanks to the monkeys. Using the authors’ note as further stimulus, children research, plan and then write a non-chronological report on tea, the tea-trade and traditions relating to tea.

Synopsis of Text:

Tashi lives in a tiny village below the tea plantations where her mother earns a living. One day her mother falls ill, and Tashi must pick tea to earn the money for a doctor. But she is too small to reach the tender shoots and the cruel Overseer sends her away empty-handed. Tashi needs a miracle. Then, on the mountains high above the plantation where only monkeys live, something extraordinary happens that will change her life for ever…

Links:

Tea, fair-trade, plantations, monkeys

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A Learning Log is available for Cloud Tea Monkeys.

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Cloud Tea Monkeys.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Cloud Tea Monkeys.  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.

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