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A Spelling Seed for The Princess' Blankets


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Fate vs. Free Will

Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  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

accompany, determined, excellent, guarantee, marvellous, persuade, suggest

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words with ‘silent’ letters (i.e. letters whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word)

Use of the hyphen

A Planning Sequence is available for The Princess' Blankets.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Retellings, diary entries, informal letters, descriptions, persuasive adverts, formal speeches

Main Outcome:

Own version fairytale


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This three-week planning sequence begins with the class receiving a letter from the King of the imaginary kingdom in the story of The Princess’ Blankets asking for their help to solve the dilemma in the tale. During this planning sequence, children explore the themes and story of The Princess’ Blankets and use it to eventually create their own modern fairy tale. During the sequence they also have the opportunity to write in role, as the King, Queen and stony-eyed stranger, writing purposeful diary entries, letters and speeches. During the sequence, there is an opportunity to link to a DT project to make the blankets described in the story, to support descriptive writing. Make available other modern fairytales and modern retellings of known tales, for example The Lost Happy Endings, also by Carol Ann Duffy.

Synopsis of Text:

A princess cannot get warm, no matter what is done for her. A stranger with cold eyes brings her the earth's blanket, the forest's blanket, the ocean's blanket and more, but nothing can warm the cold princess. Then, one day, a musician wanders into the land, and her heart melts with warmth and love.


Traditional tales, modern fairytales, fairy tales

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