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A Spelling Seed for The Last Garden


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 3

Literary Theme: Disaster, Hope & Healing

Author(s): Rachel Ip


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Last Garden by Rachel Ip.  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

address, busy, arrive, potatoes, fruit, build, pressure, though, appear, experience

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The suffix -ation

Homophones and near-homophones

A Planning Sequence is available for The Last Garden.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Own version extended narrative

Main Outcomes:

Setting descriptions, advertisement/poster, retelling, instructional flyer, social media updates, dialogue


15 session, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for The Last Garden by Rachel Ip in which children will find a range of seed packets left in class with an invitation from the main character to plant a garden in their classroom. In the packets, children will find abstract nouns which they can use to build abstract noun phrases e.g. “primroses of peace”. Children will go on to write in a range of genres, building toward writing their own version of this narrative about a community overcoming adversity.

Synopsis of Text:

In a war-torn city, a little girl tends to the last garden. But everyone is leaving and soon the girl has to leave too. The garden is all alone now but soon the seeds scatter throughout the city and the roots take hold.  Inspired by true events in Syria and war gardens around the world and throughout history, The Last Garden is a thoughtful, tender story of hope, touching on issues of conflict and migration, from a talented debut picture book pairing.


Migration, refugees, gardens, overcoming adversity

View The Last Garden Planning Sequence

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