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A Spelling Seed for Rosie Revere, Engineer


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 2

Literary Theme: Urban Metropolis

Author(s): Andrea Beaty


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.  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

after, class, great, hold, hour, half, improve, move, past, water

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /dʒ/ sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words, and sometimes spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y

The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –el at the end of words

A Planning Sequence is available for Rosie Revere, Engineer.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Short explanations, writing in role, reports, adverts

Main Outcome:

Leaflet for a local landmark


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

In this three-week planning sequence based on Rosie Revere, Engineer (and which can be linked to a visit to the Tower Bridge exhibit or a similar local bridge landmark), children begin by designing their own suspension/ draw-bridges. They then write a short explanation about how their bridge works. These designs are sent off as competition entries. Disappointingly, the children discover that they haven’t won the competition and that, in fact, a man called Horace Jones won. In order to console the class, the first few pages of Rosie Revere, Engineer are read and the children discover that another child has experienced similar disappointments due to inventions that she has made not working. The children make inferences about the character using the technique of Thought-Tapping and then go on to write dictated letters of advice using a range of contracted verbs and spelling the common exception words could, should and would. Following a Lucky Dip Description activity to create explanded noun phrases and a Sentence Sort, where children identify commands, statements and exclamations, the children write a school report for Rosie. They then receive a letter from Rosie asking for help with writing a series of leaflets about engineering of famous landmarks. She knows that they are visiting Tower Bridge – can they research this landmark and write a leaflet? Following their visit, the children write an advert for the exhibit, explore how the machinery in the engine room functions and then create a plan for their leaflet. They then write their leaflet over several days, finishing off with the inclusion of Bubbles of Speech in the voice of Rosie Revere, where they use verbs in their contracted forms once again.

Synopsis of Text:

From the powerhouse author/illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about pursuing your passion. Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. Her invention complete, Rosie attempts a test flight--but after a moment, the machine crashes to the ground. Discouraged, Rosie deems the invention a failure, but Aunt Rose insists that on the contrary, it was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Reassured, Rosie returns to her engineering and inspires her classmates to join in the fun.


Engineers, women in science, feminism, local area, London, bridges

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