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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

Alternative sequence

A Spelling Seed for The Hidden Forest


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Evolution & Inheritance

Author(s): Jeannie Baker


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker.  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:

disastrous, environment, existence, persuade, sufficient, category, nuisance

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words containing the letter-string ough

Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in –fer

A Planning Sequence is available for The Hidden Forest.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Research notes, non-chronological report in the form of a letter to a character

Main Outcome:

Balanced discussion


16 sessions, 3+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This three-week planning sequence is based on ‘The Hidden Forest’ by Jeannie Baker.  The children start by creating a collage based on the author’s artwork and write an artist’s ‘blurb’ for the piece. They then move on to explore the main character (Ben’s) feelings and how these change over time. After receiving a letter from the text’s main character asking for help, the children conduct some research into the topic of Giant Sea Kelp and use the information to create a non-chronological piece in letter form in response to Ben’s letter. Finally, a second letter arrives, this time from a local fisherman who cannot see why he must reduce fishing in areas where the Giant Kelp Forests are struggling to survive. Using the technique of Hot Seating an opposing view emerges and the children participate in a debate. This then leads to the writing of a balanced discussion. Throughout the unit, a variety of drama techniques such as Thought-Tapping and role-play are used. Modelled Writing gives the children the opportunity to develop skills in a supported environment. Words from the year 5/6 statutory word lists and direct teaching of grammar from the statutory appendix for year 5 are embedded in the sequence.

Synopsis of Text:

Looking for his lost fish trap, Ben thinks he sees something dark moving under the water. Is it a creature or only his imagination? Diving into the sea with his friend Sophie, he is amazed to discover a wonderful hidden world - and the rich variety of creatures that live there.


Environment, conservation, activism

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