Monday 30th March – Year 6
Morning Year 6 – Hope you had a lovely weekend!
Read the extract below:
‘Are you sure this is safe?’ asked the visiting merchant, struggling up the ladder that scaled the makeshift tower. ‘I thought you’d arranged me a place of one of those boats!’
‘All the boats are full,’ Hark told him glibly, as he clambered up behind him. ‘The Governor and his friends, and all the rich men who paid for the expedition, and their families, they took all the seats – no room left!’ For all he knew, this might even be true. He hadn’t actually checked. ‘Besides, seats in those boats cost more than your eyes. This is a tenth of the price, and the view is better!’
By the time they reached the top, the merchant was out of breath and patting his face with a handkerchief. The man who owned the rickety tower guided the merchant and Hark to two cramped and precarious seats, and took payment for both from the merchant. The cold wind blew, making the structure creak, and the merchant flinched, clutching his hat to his head. He didn’t notice the tower-owner discreetly giving Hark a wink and his commission.
The ten-foot wooden towers were only wheeled out on festival days or markets. They were not in fact particularly safe, and Hark knew they would become even less so when more low-paying customers were hanging off the sides of them later. He didn’t feel that this needed mentioning, though.
‘It is a good view,’ the merchant conceded grudgingly.
Aloft on the tower, the pair could easily see over the heads of the crowds that crammed every inch of the quays and the jetties. The docks had been thronged since dawn, and even the clifftops and high towers were covered in figures. Everyone wanted a view of the great scoop-shaped harbour below.
For now, the harbour hardly seemed to merit so much attention. It was just another deep, placid mooring place, perfect for submersibles and cluttered with the usual underwater craft. Flattened iron ‘turtles’ with rear propellers skulked net to slim ‘barracudas’ with black iron fins. Diving bells glinted with steel and glass beside small, old-fashioned timber-and-leather ‘skimmer’ subs.
Today, however, all of these vessels were moored at the edges of the harbour. A far bigger submarine would be returning soon, and the way needed to be left clear for it. When it did, every eye would be fixed on it to see what – and whom – it brought back.
There is quite a lot of difficult vocabulary in this, so take a couple of minutes to look over the definitions.
Glibly – insincere but spoken with confidence
Rickety – poorly made and likely to collapse
Precarious – not securely help, likely to fall over
Discreetly – in a careful manner, to keep something confidential.
Commission – a percentage of the money paid
Conceded – to admit or agree that something is true
Grudgingly – in a reluctant manner
Thronged – fill an area
Now answer these questions:
What impression do you get on Hark? Why?
What impression do you get of the merchant? Why?
What impression do you get of the setting? Why?
Based on the prologue that you read last week and this extract, what and who do you think they are waiting for? Give evidence from the text to support your answer.
Gurmit paid £21 for five presents.
For A and B he paid a total of £6.
For B and C he paid a total of £10.
For C and D he paid a total of £7.
For D and E he paid a total of £9.
How much did Gurmit pay for each present?
Think back on all of the work that we have completed on global trade and particularly on the work we completed on what the UK imports and the effects that has on the UK and other places in the world.
Write a balanced argument using the following question as a title:
Should the UK import so many goods?
Write your conclusion in the comments box.
21 thoughts on “Monday 30th March – Year 6”
A.£2 B.£4 C.£6 D.£1 E.£8
In my opinion, I think that the UK should and shouldn’t import goods. I think they shouldn’t import so many goods because the UK need to support their farmers. If The UK doesn’t, their farmers will be out of their jobs and their family will have no money and nothing to rely on. However, import is good because various things are cheaper in different countries. When we import we trade with others, we are helped and others are too.
I think that the UK should not import so many goods as they do. They forget about two important things . the first thing is that other countries are not as rich and the second thing is that they are takeing all of the goods
In my personal opinion UK should and shouldn’t as,
we do need our goods because we need to have the fruit that we get from other countries and alotof other essential stuff.On the other hand, when we import so many things other countries and the country we imported things might not get those essentials. So in my opinion UK should and shouldn’t.
1. the impression that I get of the hork is that he would give a person a wink and his commission.
2. The impression that I get of the merchant is that he would lie for the sake of lying
3. The impression that I get of the setting is that its not poor or rich. If you have the money you get the new things but if you are not as rich you get the old,broken stuff. Its fare
1. I think that Hark is unreliable in some ways. It says in the text ,”All of the boats are full,” which suggest that he lies sometimes.
2.I think that the merchant is very weary of what he is doing, I think this because in the text it says, “Are you sure this is safe.” This might suggest that he is scared.
3.I think the setting is quite old because some of the description such as: “Aloft on the tower, ” make it seem very old.
I think that we shouldn’t import so much goods because we don’t need so much. I think that we don’t need so much goods
hark gives me a confident way of him because in one bit of the text he says something glibly .
the merchant gives me a picky kindof feeling because in one bit of the text he says is in a picky kindof way . the way they describe the setting I get a blue feeling because their on the ocean and theres barracudas .
I think that Hark is a secretive person because he didn’t want to mention that there was going to be poor people crowding around, he also took the cheap seats.
The Merchant likes to get his/her way, I know because he wanted to go on the boats which cost quite a bit of money. He also didn’t want to admit that the tower gave a good view.
I think the setting is busy because everyone is crowding around at the docks because there is someone/something coming back in a submarine.
I think it’s someone important coming back with something important because in the text it says every eye would be fixed on it.
A = 2
B = 4
C = 6
D = 1
E = 8
Fair trade is where you trade to different countries but you make it fairer for the poorer countries to make money. Fair trade is good because we are helping the poorer countries by making them spend less money, and we pay more for their items. Fair trade is also bad because when we are buying stuff from other countries it means we are not buying as much from our farmers. I think it is important to continue fair trade but we still need to help our own farmers too.
Well done Year 6 – another great day of blogging!
Hark is the type of person who would seem good but have a second side I know this he talks gibly and winks at the owner
The merchant is not the fittest person but seems a nice person because he doesn’t do anything suspicious
The setting seems like a normal mid class place because it doesn’t say anything about being luxurious or poverty stricken
In conclusion I think the Uk should import less goods because we can be stable without having to buy as much food
Plus we don’t even need it all
In conclusion the uk should import less food since we could be stable and we would save money plus we would import less bad food i.e junk food