KS: Lower KS2
Year Group: Year 4
Literary Theme: Finding Freedom
Author(s): Faith Ringgold
This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. 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.
address, circle, fruit, library, possess(ion), through, dessert, quarter, woman
Homophones and near-homophones
Possessive apostrophe with plural words
A Planning Sequence is available for Tar Beach.
Character descriptions, formal letter, book review, dialogue (direct speech), retellings
Own version narrative (written as a playscript)
15 sessions, 3 weeks
This is a three-week planning sequence using Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold in which children explore the theme of ‘freedom’ and do so by creating their own story, written as a play script, where they master their own world by flying over it, eventually writing their own version of a ‘Tar Beach’ story about their own locality or chosen place. They will also create retellings, book reviews, character descriptions and dialogue.
Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with colour and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book.
Dreams, New York, America, African-American, bridges, flight, quilts, storytellingView Tar Beach Planning Sequence
KS: Upper KS2
Year Group: Year 5
KS: Lower KS2
Year Group: Year 3
KS: Lower KS2, R & KS1
Year Group: Year 2, Year 3