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A Spelling Seed for Leon and the Place Between


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Magic & Wonder

Author(s): Angela McAllister


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Leon and the Place Between 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

appear, believe, disappear, experience, famous, heard

Spelling Rules and Patterns

More prefixes: dis–, mis–and their effect on a word

Endings whichsound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian

A Planning Sequence is available for Leon and the Place Between.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Persuasive poster, setting description, thought bubbles / diary entry, dialogue

Main Outcome:

Own version fantasy narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week planning sequence for the story Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. Throughout the sequence children will explore the author’s language and use it as the basis for their own descriptive writing.  They will explore the characters’ thoughts and emotions and take part in drama activities, leading to writing in role and the creation of dialogue. Using the structure of the original story, children will plan their own version of the story where their own character enters a magical world.  This sequence would work most effectively in a LKS2 class, with links to other fantasy stories. It will be beneficial to have at least five or six copies of the text so that each group of learners can interact with and explore the text. 

Synopsis of Text:

Wanting to prove to his brothers and sister that magic really exists, Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. Filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician's assistants - among other things - if a magician can make it disappear, it will end up in the Place Between! When Leon returns, not only do his brothers and sister believe, but we do too. With diecut holes into and out of the Place Between, the reader takes a journey right through the pages of the book, into the mysterious world of Grahame Baker-Smith's breath-taking illustrations.


Circus, Victorian entertainment, magic

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