Morning Year 6. I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.
Take a minute to look over today’s vocabulary:
Retort – a sharp, angry reply
Exultant – extremely happy
Twinge – a brief experience of an emotion
Awe – a feeling of wonder
Entreating – anxious
Mangled – destroyed or severely damaged
Aperture – an opening, hole or gap
Now read the next part of Deeplight:
Out by the harbour mouth, he had spotted a bald, troubled patch of water, where the waves were invisibly broken on some long submerged bulk. The gulls that had been sitting on the surface above it took off and rose into great, strident clouds, dipping and daring each other. ‘There! See that little white wake? Her periscope’s up!’
Other people were pointing and calling out now. A few seconds later, a small cannon fired, the retort echoing back and forth across the harbour. A white plume of smoke climbed into the sky and then drifted.
The crowd became exultant, deafening. There was always a festival feel when a sub brought a god home. As a little kid, Hark had lived for such moments, eyes wide to store every detail. Just for a moment he felt a twinge of the old excitement and awe.
Then the great submarine’s long, black back broke the surface. Foam poured off the short turret and blade-like fins, and the brass rims of portholes glinted in the sun. The pale, entreating eyes painted on the prow were awash, as though weeping.
‘She’s lost oars,’ Hark muttered, his words drowned by the roar of the crowd. Eight of the oars now ended in fractured stumps.
As the Abysmal Child rose higher, he could see that it had lost more than that. One propeller was gone, and a rear panel hung loose, seawater hissing out of the mangled aperture. The tone of the hubbub changed as others noticed the same thing. The front compartment was presumably still watertight, since someone was alive to pilot the sub, but anyone who had been in the rear would be very, very dead.
The merchant was leaning forward now, spyglass jammed to his eye. Since all of this was a story to tell his friends later, a tragedy was as good as a triumph. Better, perhaps. Stories were ruthless creatures, and sometimes fattened themselves on bloody happenings.
‘Where’s her cargo?’ he asked. ‘Why are people running around on the wharf? What’s going on down there?’
‘The turret’s open!’ Hark provided a commentary. ‘Someone’s come up through it . . . There’s a conversation going on . . . Looks like the governor’s ordered diver boats to go in. There must be something strapped under the sub!’
Now answer these questions:
- What type of water transport was the Abysmal Child travelling on? How do you know?
- Why would her periscope be up? (think back to science)
- Find and copy a group of words that show that at first, the crowd are very excited.
- How do you know that Hark has experienced this kind of thing before?
- What is the first piece of evidence that suggests that something is wrong?
- What do you think might have happened to the boat?
- Explain how the atmosphere of the story changes from the first half to the second half. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
This week we are going to recap and extend our knowledge on angles.
Task 1: Can you remember the names of the 4 different angles? How many degrees do they represent?
Now how a look at this PowerPoint. Were you right? Did you remember all of them?
Task 2: Can you remember what angles add up to in the following:
– on a straight line?
– in a triangle?
– in a circle/around a point?
Use this PowerPoint to see if you were right.
Work through the questions and use this button on the PowerPoint:
To go to a website to keep working on your knowledge of angles before you move on to some more difficult work tomorrow.
I would like you to continue your research and this week I want you to research the following questions:
– What struggles did they face?
– Did they make/use any tools?
– Did they trade with anyone?
– What traditions and beliefs did they have?
May is all about mindfulness and kindness so each day this month, I will be setting a task to be kind to yourself and the people around you.
Today’s task is:
Take a minute to remember what really matters to you and why.
- Listen to some music
- Spend time with your family
- Take some time to read a book
- Make a collage of your favourite photographs
- Look through old diaries/photo albums
- Face time some one that you are missing