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A Spelling Seed for House Held Up by Trees


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 2

Literary Theme: Creation & Conservation

Author(s): Ted Kooser


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser.  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.


Common Exception Words

break, behind, Christmas, floor, grass, great, path, plant, pretty, wild

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The possessive apostrophe (singular nouns)

A Planning Sequence is available for House Held Up by Trees.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Descriptive non-fiction, life-cycles, instructions for seed packets

Main Outcome:

News report


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week planning sequence for The House Held up by Trees by Ted Kooser illustrated by Jon Klassen, in which children explore the themes of the narrative, and produce descriptive non-fiction writing in different forms, such as writing the life-cycle of seeds, seed packets, estate agents and newspaper reports. Appropriate terminology is written in bold.

Synopsis of Text:

When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighbouring lots, where thick bushes offered secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees – until one day he, too, moved away. Then, as the empty house began its decline, the trees began to take over. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time – and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up.


Seeds, trees, environment

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