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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:

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A Spelling Seed for Send for a Superhero


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Literary Theme: Heroes & Villains

Author(s): Michael Rosen


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book Send for a Superhero by Michael Rosen.  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.


Common Exception Words

are, were, was, you, they

Spelling Rules and Patterns

New consonant spellings ph and wh

The /ŋ/ sound spelt n before k


ou ow (/aʊ/) ow (/əʊ/), ue ew

ie(/aɪ/) ie (/i:/) igh

Revision of phase 5

A Planning Sequence is available for Send for a Superhero.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Wanted posters, letters, speech bubbles,diaries, emails, character descriptions

Main outcome:

Own version superhero narrative


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week planning sequence using Send for a Superhero by Michael Rosen and Katharine McEwen in which children create their own superheroes and use them to defeat baddies set to destroy their school. During the sequence, they write letters and emails asking for help, create wanted posters, generate character descriptions for their invented superheroes and the create their own version of the Send for the Superhero story.

Synopsis of Test:

It's time for bed and Dad is reading Emily and little Elmer a story... "Danger! Filth and Vacuum, The Terrible Two, are trying to destroy the world!" Who will save the day? Steel Man isn't strong enough; Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast-Man isn't fast enough and Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green-Man isn't big, strong and green enough. Who can help? Clever young Brad 40 has a brilliant idea: he calls on a most unlikely superhero: Incredibly Boring Man, who sends the villains - and everyone else - to sleep! Filth and Vacuum are captured by the army, Brad is a hero, and Dad thinks Emily and Elmer have fallen asleep too. But he's wrong...


Superheroes, heroes, villains

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