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A Spelling Seed for Odd and the Frost Giants


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Taking Courage

Author(s): Neil Gaiman


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.  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

believe, breath, famous, naughty, reign, strength,special, surprises, favourite, considered

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /ʌ/ sound spelt ou

More Prefixes: Super-, Im-, In-, Il-, Ir-

A Planning Sequence is available for Odd and the Frost Giants.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Narrative recount, character and setting descriptions, letters, short explanations

Main Outcome:

Retelling - alternative perspective


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

The 3 week teaching sequence is based on the story ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ by Neil Gaiman. It includes exemplified grammar activities throughout, as well as including Drama techniques such as thought-tapping. Visual images are also incorporated. Specific teaching strategies are highlighted in bold and there is a glossary to explain how  each of these work in a classroom situation.

Synopsis of Text:

A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving a tale of legend, magic and adventure which will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear . and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods .

This rich and layered tale of courage is told with humour and in breathtaking style by two creators at the height of their powers: from the author of modern classics such as American Gods, Coraline and The Sleeper and the Spindle, Odd and the Frost Giants will leave you spellbound. Lavishly produced and packed with Chris Riddell's glorious illustration enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.


Vikings, Norse mythology, Thor

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Odd and the Frost Giants.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Odd and the Frost Giants.  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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