Good morning campers ! I am trying to organise to do a book swap every Tuesday when I am in school so that you can get new books- I will be letting you know about details about this- we are thinking about how to do this while keeping social distancing rules. Watch this space :)
Doing your learning from home might means that you might need to create a timetable to organise your time - you may have already done this but check out Emily's blog to give you inspiration for how you might want to structure your time (it means you make time for work and play):
Read this extract and then have a go at the vocabulary task and the question that I have asked you to answer.
I was a Rat!
By Philip Pullman
Old Bob and his wife Joan lived by the market in the house where his father and his grandfather and great grandfather had lived before him, builders all of them, and building was Bob`s job too. Joan was a cleaner, like her mother and her grandmother and her great-grandmother, back as far as anyone could remember.
And if they`d had a son, he would have become a builder in his turn, and if they`d had a daughter, she would have learned the cleaning trade, and the world would have gone on. But they never had a child, whether boy or girl, and now they were getting old, it seemed less and less likely that they ever would, as much as they would have liked to.
One evening as old Joan wrote a letter to her niece and old Bob sat sharpening his tools, there came a knock at the door. Bob looked up with a jump. “Was that someone knocking?” he said. “What`s the time?” The cuckoo clock answered him before Joan could: ten o`clock. As soon as it had finished cuckooing, there came another knock, louder than before. Bob lit a candle and went through the dark house to unlock the front door.
Standing in the moonlight was a little boy in a page`s uniform. It had once been smart, but it was sorely torn and stained, and the boy`s face was scratched and grubby. “Bless my soul!” said Bob. “Who are you?”
“I was a rat,” said the little boy.
“What did you say?” said Joan, crowding in behind her husband.
“I was a rat,” said the little boy again.
Task for today
Read the extract- tell an adult verbally what has happened in this part of the story. Look at the power point below- it explores some of the language in the story and asks you to do different things with each word. The tasks that it asks you to complete are act it out- can you act the word out to an adult and they have to guess what the word is? Put the word in a sentence of your own ( read the sentence out loud after you have written it to check that it makes sense), Finding a synonym for the word, find an antonym for the word and check the meaning of the word (clarify the meaning).
What do you think the boy means when he says he 'was' a rat?
Yesterday you thought about the text that would accompany the pictures of the old man doing some jobs- below is the actual text from the book- was it similar to what you wrote? The first word is Every- sorry it hasn't come out well.
Role on the wall
Today you are going to create a role on the wall of the old man- we have done this a lot in school. What have we found out about the man ? Re read the story to remind yourself. Below is what a role on the wall looks like- it is a figure and on the inside you think about how the man feels and on the outside you think about the outward appearance, Think about using ambitious vocabulary to describe the man's feelings. For example instead of using sad you could use a thesaurus (use an online one if you don't have one at home) to find a synonym for the word sad that is more exciting. Below is an example of what a role on the wall looks like.
Yesterday you used google maps to have a look at your local area and you found the small and large green spaces near you.- it is important that you know where the green spaces near you are!
I am going to introduce a new word today - URBAN.
What does urban mean?
An urban area is an area where many people live and work close together. The population density is higher than in the surrounding area. It is where buildings are close together. Urban is the opposite of rural, where farm lands and nature are.
Do you live in an urban area? How do you know? Think about where you live and what you see to help you explain. You can use google maps to remind yourself of where you live- if you click on the little man and drop him on the map on a certain street it gives you street view.
I live in an urban area ..... I know this because
Lastly can you spot the 10 differences between these two pictures? I wil post the answers tomorrow.