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A Spelling Seed for Stanley's Stick


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 1

Literary Theme: Nature & Environment

Author(s): John Hegley


This is a two-session spelling seed for the book Stanleys Stick by John Hegley.  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

is, his, friend, school

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Division of words into syllables


Revision of split vowel digraphs


A Planning Sequence is available for Stanley's Stick.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Retelling, descriptions

Main outcome:

Own version narrative


11 sessions, 2+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 2+ week planning sequence for the book Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Neal Layton, where children begin by making predictions about what different things stick could do. Reading part of the text, they then predict what Stanley is going to do with his stick. After retelling the key scenes in the story, they plan, write and publish their own stories, based on the sequence of Stanley’s Stick and using their own object (Sarah’s Sock).

Synopsis of Text

Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.


Imagination, seaside, friendship

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A Home Learning Branch is available for Stanley's Stick.

Home Learning Branch Overview:

This is a Home Learning Branch for Stanley's Stick.  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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