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A Spelling Seed for Rain Player


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 6

Literary Theme: Migration & Movement

Author(s): Jon Richards


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Maya: A History in Infographics by Jon Richards.  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

according, ancient, average, dictionary, recognise, symbol

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Homophones and other words that are often confused

Words with ‘silent’ letters (i.e. letters whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word) 

A Planning Sequence is available for Rain Player.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Instructions, poster, missing scene, diary, newspaper, debate

Main Outcome:

Analytical essay about The Maya


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence using the fictional narrative The Rain Player as well as making reference to the non-fiction information within History in Infographics: The Maya. The sequence begins with a ball arriving in the classroom with a warning asking children if they dare to play the most dangerous game of all time! Children go on to use this information they have learned to write instructions for pok-a-tok, posters, a missing scene, newspaper reports, conduct debates and write analytical essays.

Synopsis of Texts:

The ancient Mayan belief that the future was divinely decreed and could not be changed is the basis for this original tale of a boy who must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster. Mayan art and architecture were the inspiration for the spectacular cut-paper artwork.


Maya, the Mayans, chocolate, Pok-a-Tok, Fair Trade, Aztecs, Incas, South America, civilisations, gods

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