WORLD BOOK DAY 2021!!
Good morning Year 6 and welcome to this year’s World Book Day!
We look forward to seeing you all dressed up on Zoom at 9:05am and don’t forget to bring along your favourite book or a book that you enjoy.
Warm up challenge (20 minutes)
Below are some pictures of some of the books that are available to buy with your World Book Day voucher.
Have a look at them:
For each book, write a short prediction of what you think the book might be about and why?
Which book might you buy with your voucher? Why?
Reading (30 minutes)
Start by reading the next part of the text:
Down they went and down, with Dog and Katherine following, down past the warehouse and on down twisting spirals of metal stairs to the Digestion Yards, where Salthook was growing smaller by the minute. All that remained of it now was a steel skeleton, and the machines were ripping even that apart, dragging deck plates and girders away to the furnaces to be melted down. Meanwhile, mountains of brick and slate and timber and salt and coal were trundling off on conveyor belts towards the heart of the Gut, and skips of furniture and provisions were being wheeled clear by the salvage gangs.
The salvage men were the true rulers of this part of London, and they knew it. They swaggered along the narrow walkways with the agility of tomcats, their bare chest shiny with sweat and their eyes hidden by tinted goggles. Tom had always been frightened of them, but Valentine hailed them with an easy charm and asked them if they had seen anything amongst the spoils that might be of interest to the Museum. Sometimes he stopped to joke with them, or ask them how their families were doing – and he was always careful to introduce them to, “My colleague, Mr Natsworthy.” Tom felt himself swell with pride. Valentine was treating him like a grown-up, and so the salvage men treated him the same way, touching the peaks of their greasy caps and grinning as they introduced themselves. They all seemed to be called Len, or Smudger.
“Take no notice of what they say about these chaps up at the Museum,” warned Valentine, as one of the Lens led them to a skip where some antiques had been stowed. “Just because they live down in the nether boroughs and don’t pronounce their ‘H’s doesn’t mean they’re fools. That’s why I like to come down in person when the Yards are working. I’ve often seen salvage men and scavengers turn up artefacts that Historians might have missed …”
“Yes sir …” agreed Tom, glancing at Katherine. He longed to do something that would impress the Head Historian and his beautiful daughter. If only he could find some wonderful fragment of Old-Tech amongst all this junk, something that would make them remember him after they had gone back to the luxury of High London. Otherwise, after this wander around the yards, he might never see them again!
In this section of the text, the author has used lots of description to describe the characters as the place.
Find 10 adjectives or descriptive phrases that you think are powerful.
Explain why you think they are powerful and what effect they have on you as a reader.
Writing (40 minutes)
Start by reading the text:
Hoping to amaze them, he hurried to the skip and looked inside. After all, Old-Tech did turn up from time to time in small-town antique shops, or on old ladies’ mantelpieces. Imagine being the one to rediscover some legendary secret, like heavier-than-air flying machines, or pot noodles! Even if it wasn’t something that the Guild of Engineers could use it might still end up in the Museum, labelled and preserved in a display case with a notice saying, “Discovered by Mr T. Natsworthy”. He peered hopefully at the heap of salvage in the skip: shards of plastic, lamp stands, a flattened toy ground-car … A small metal box caught his eye. When he pulled it out and opened it his own face blinked back at him, reflected in a silvery plastic disc. “Mr Valentine! Look! A seedy!”
Valentine reached into the box and lifted out the disc, tilting it so that rainbow light darted across its surface. “Quite right,” he said. “The Ancients used these in their computers, as a way of storing information.”
“Could it be important?” asked Tom.
Valentine shook his head. “I’m sorry, Thomas. The people of the old days may only have lived in static settlements, but their electronic machines were far beyond anything London’s Engineers have been able to build. Even if there is still something stored on this disc we have no way of reading it. But it’s a good find. Keep hold of it, just in case.”
He turned away as Tom put the seedy back in its box and slid it into his pocket. But Katherine must have sensed Tom’s disappointment, because she touched his hand and said,” It’s lovely, Tom. Anything that has survived all those thousands of years is lovely, whether it’s any use to the horrible old Guild of Engineers or not. I’ve got a necklace made of old computer discs …” She smiled at him. She was as lovely as one of the girls in his daydreams, but kinder and funnier, and he knew that from now on the heroines he rescued in his imagination would all be Katherine Valentine.
This part of the text is all about finding ‘ancient’ things.
What has Tom found?
Why is it unusual to us that Tom classes this as ancient?
What else has he found that is an everyday item to us but ancient to them?
Below are some pictures of items that were used in the past.
For each item, can you predict what you think it was used for and why you think that?
Even though we can’t do the Big Book Quiz in the hall this year, we will still have our own quiz.
Join us on Zoom at 11am and make sure you bring your book knowledge with you!
Meeting ID: 950 9908 7399
The Masked Reader
There is a separate blog post titled The Masked Reader. In this, staff from around the school have recorded themselves reading however, they are in disguise!
Can you work out ‘Who is behind the mask’?
A happy World Book Day
A gift from Katherine Rundell (author of The Explorer)
PE (1 hour)
Spend an hour completing your PE challenges that you will find on the blog.
NPAT Reading Bingo
If you have any other time why not try some of these activities:
– have a family read – share your favourite books
– read to your family pet or a younger sibling
– catch up on chapters of The Explorer
We hope you have had a lovely day – let us know what you enjoyed!
See you on Zoom in the morning for the final time!
Miss Kinsella and Mrs Maruzza.