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A Spelling Seed for The Last Bear


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Evolution & Inheritance

Author(s): Hannah Gold



This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Last Bear by Hannah Gold.  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

amateur, correspond, familiar, lightning, necessary, occupy, temperature

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

Words ending in –ent, –ence/–ency

A Planning Sequence is available for The Last Bear.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Character profile, figurative descriptions, dialogue, monologue, logbook entry, scientific report

Main Outcome:

Newspaper article


15 session, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 3-week planning sequence for The Last Bear by Hannah Gold in which children use the text to explore a range of genres and styles of writing.  One of the key elements of this text is the way it weaves a gripping tale with important messages relating to the environment and climate change.  Through the sequence, children will explore the main characters and their environment by writing in role, creating dialogue and writing scientifically about polar bears.  The sequence culminates in children becoming journalists to write a newspaper report about a key event in the story and taking the opportunity to highlight important environmental messages to the reader.

Synopsis of Text:

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

This moving story will win the hearts of children the world over and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s.


Polar bears, extinction, environmentalism

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