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A Spelling Seed for The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Confidence & Caution

Author(s): Neil Gaiman


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish 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

busy, experiment, favourite, length, perhaps, popular, probably

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The suffix -ly

More prefixes: re-, sub-, inter -, super -, anti, auto

A Planning Sequence is available for The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Thought bubble, missing scene, diary entry 

Main Outcome:

Own version narrative


12 sessions, 2+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a two-week plus sequence for The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman.  Children will get to read and discuss the story, identifying the different characters and their voices by using dramatised reading. The book will be used throughout to identify the features and conventions of written dialogue and use of speech marks, which children will draw upon to write their own missing scenes from the book.  Children will consider the story from the perspective of Dad and write a diary entry in role.  The sequences culminates in children using the cliffhanger at the end of the book to write their own sequel using the structure of the original story to plan and write their own.

Synopsis of Text:

When a boy swaps his dad for two goldfish he does not really think through the consequences! After all, he is not the only person who can swap stuff. When the boy is told by his mother that he has to get his father back it is not so easily done. It seems that the father has a pretty high value as he has been traded by one child to the next leaving a trail that the son has to follow. Where will it all end?


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