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A Spelling Seed for Kaspar, Prince of Cats


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 5

Literary Theme: Lessons From History

Author(s): Michael Morpurgo


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Kaspar, Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo.  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

disastrous, harass, hindrance, immediate(ly), restaurant, twelfth, yacht

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Endings which sound like /ʃəs/ spelt –cious or –tious

Words containing the letter-string ough

A Planning Sequence is available for Kaspar, Prince of Cats.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Character descriptions, reports, letters, advertising leaflet, balanced report

Main Outcome:

Newspaper article


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

Children will create a range of fiction and non fiction writing opportunities including letter writing, narrative writing an alternative ending, newspaper articles, recounts and researching The Titanic and its voyage.

Synopsis of Text:

A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room.

But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic…


Titanic, Edwardians, Victorians, London, New York

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