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A Spelling Seed for The Promise


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Evolution & Inheritance

Author(s): Nicola Davies


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book The Promise by Nicola Davies.  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

appreciate, government, guarantee, occur, opportunity, recognise

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Use of the hyphen

A Planning Sequence is available for The Promise.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Experimentation with figurative language, report

Main Outcome:

Sequel to continue the cyclical story


10 sessions, 2 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

Children will explore the language of the text in order to create a sequel using an synonym of ‘promise’. They will be encouraged to draw upon the figurative language in the book to embed within their own narratives about nature.

Synopsis of Text:

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman's bag. But she finds she can't have it without promising something in return - to "plant them all". When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl's journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.


Conservationism, seeds, plants, nature, habitats, life-cycles

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A Learning Log is available for The Promise.

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A Home Learning Branch is available for The Promise.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Promise.  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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