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A Spelling Seed for Romeo and Juliet


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Fate vs. Free Will

Author(s): William Shakespeare


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Romeo and Julliet by William Shakespeare.  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

controversy, prejudice, privilege, rhyme, rhythm

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words with ‘silent’ letters (i.e. letters whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word)

Use of the hyphen

A Planning Sequence is available for Romeo and Juliet.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Diaries, letters, narratives, character descriptions, balanced argument

Main Outcome:



15 sessions, 3+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for Romeo and Juliet (Real Reads retold by Helen Street). It is up to the teacher’s discretion which version of the Romeo and Juliet films to use. The 1698 version directed by Franco Zeffirelli is perhaps the most appropriate and a more traditional interpretation. However, sections of the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version should be used also in  order to contrast and compare.

Synopsis of Text:

Romeo, son of the Montagues, thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets, and discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their passion and secret marriage. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a revenge-fuelled sword-fight, their dream of happiness seems doomed. Can the two families ever be reconciled so Romeo and Juliet can have a life together, or will their plans bring even more tragedy?


Shakespeare, playscripts, classic literature

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A Learning Log is available for Romeo and Juliet.

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Romeo and Juliet.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Romeo and Juliet.  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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