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A Spelling Seed for The Iron Man


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Invention & Innovation

Author(s): Ted Hughes


This is a four-session spelling seed for the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  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

appear, consider, describe, height, length, pressure, straight, weight, certain, purpose, breathe

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The suffix - ous

The suffix -ly

A Planning Sequence is available for The Iron Man.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Character descriptions, short news report, letter of advice, menu (using descriptive devices), poetry

Main Outcome:

Mystery narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a four-week planning sequence using The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and illustrated by Laura Carlin in which children will explore the devices of mystery and suspense. They will write a range of different texts-types including letters, a news article and a poem with the extended written outcome being a published narrative.

The planning sequence includes exemplified grammar and spelling activities throughout. Drama techniques such as Teacher in Role and Conscience Corridor and Sculptor/Sculpted
are used to support understanding and to develop writing.

Synopsis of Text:

Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.


Hope, environment, nature, aliens, monsters, 

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A Home Learning Branch is available for The Iron Man.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Iron Man.  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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