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Work set by Mr Morris – July 6th

Home learning Week 11


Happy Monday everyone! It was great seeing some of you last week – it must have felt very strange being back. I hope this week’s comprehension will be more cheerful than some of the ones I’ve given you already !!


The Girl Who Walked on Air

Read the passage below, then answer the questions that follow


The bigger the danger, the bigger the crowd. One look at tonight’s punters said it all. With just minutes till show time, the big top was almost full and I was quite ready to burn with excitement. Every last ticket was sold. And still the queue snaked out of the field and down the lane until all you could see were people’s hats bobbing above the hedgerows.


First thing this morning, the posters had gone up all over town. ‘MORE DARING THAN EVER!’ they’d said in blue and gold letters. ‘WATCH MONSIEUR MERCURY DEFY GRAVITY ON HIS TRAPEZE!’ To me, M. Mercury was good old Jasper, who I lived with in a tiny trailer, and who drank lapsang tea out of dainty cups and let me have first dibs on every piecrust. Which was more than could be said for my mam. When I was just a baby she left me at the circus, the way most people forget an umbrella.


Inside the ticket booth where I worked there wasn’t space to swing a cat. I jiggled from foot to foot, impatient to get finished so I’d be free to watch the show. My dog Pip sensed it too; sat beside me, he watched my every move. At last, the final punters filed past to claim their tickets. They were a noisy bunch, laughing and nattering, their breath like smoke in the evening air. They’d be quiet soon enough. Once they’d squeezed up on a bench inside the big top, they’d look upwards. And what they’d see would leave them speechless.


A little shiver went down my neck. Imagine if I was about to perform. All those eyes gazing up at me. Just imagine it!


I came back to earth with a bump. The circus owner, Mr Leo Chipchase, was in the doorway. He’d put on his best tartan waistcoat and was smiling, which made a change.

‘Think of all those backsides on seats, Louie,’ he said as he squeezed in beside me to count the coins.


‘The bigger the danger…’


‘…the bigger the crowd,’ I finished for him.


He did have a point. There were grander circuses than ours, with more animals, more curiosities, more sparkle. Backsides on seats mattered. So, what better way  to draw the crowds than a thrilling new routine. And tonight that’s exactly what they’d get. Jasper would perform not a double but a TRIPLE somersault from his trapeze. No other circus boasted such a stunt. It was genius.


But it was dangerous too. Now I’d reminded myself of this fact, it grew like a little worm inside my head. Tonight’s shows had that WHIFF OF DEATH all right. How anyone could hang mid-air for so long I didn’t know. Jasper made it look easy. And I thought of Charles Blondin – the GREAT Blondin – who’d crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. One hundred thousand people had turned up to watch him. They placed bets that he’d fall and die. He didn’t, of course, but I still felt sick thinking about it.


At last the queue ended.


‘Can I go now?’ I asked, unable to stop fidgeting.


If I was quick, I’d get to wish Jasper luck. And be sure of a good viewing spot at the back of the big top.


Mr Chipchase waved me away. ‘Go.’


I darted across the showground straight for the big top. Smells of horse sweat and gingerbread filled the air. There was music too, the organ and drums all fast and furious, signalling the show was about to start. It was the bit of circus life I loved best, that moment before the action, when the very air tingled. And tonight I felt it keenly. How I dreamed of being a showstopper like Jasper. Breathed it. Lived it. But in this subject Mr Chipchase was clear. ‘Not a chance, Louie,’ he always said. ‘You’re too young.’


Never mind that Mighty Ned the ringmaster was my age. Or Kitty Quickblade, who threw knives, was only a tiny bit older. But when I’d pointed this out Mr Chipchase went red enough to burst. So these days I watched from the sidelines. And I kept my dreams to myself.


The Girl Who Walked on Air     by Emma Carroll



A  The bigger the danger, the bigger the crowd. Find and copy one other word in paragraph one that refers to the crowd.

B  In paragraph one, why is snaked an effective way of describing the queue?


C  Why are some letters in paragraph two written in capital letters?


D  What does the reader learn about Jasper in paragraph two?


E  Reread paragraph three. Describe how the crowd’s behaviour will change as the show begins.


F  Which words in paragraph three show that it was a cool evening?


G  A little shiver went down my neck. What causes the shiver to go down Louie’s neck?


H  Reread paragraphs five, six and seven. Circle the correct answer.

Mr Chipchase was smiling because:

He was excited about the stunt.

The large crowd meant lots of money.

He always smiled.

He was pleased to see Louie.


I   it grew like a little worm inside. What does Louie mean? Tick one.

She didn’t want to think about it

The idea was getting bigger the more she thought about it

The idea was too dangerous to think about

She was able to stop thinking about it


J  Circle one answer. The phrase the whiff of death suggests that:

It smells bad in the tent.

Someone will die.

The stunt is extremely dangerous.

The stunt looks harder than it is.


K  Reread paragraphs 10 to 15. Find and copy three words or phrases which show Louie is both excited and nervous.


L  How does paragraph 15 make it easy for the reader to imagine the fairground? Refer to the language used.


M  From the information across the whole extract, what impression is created of the fairground owner?


N And I kept my dreams to myself. What is the ‘dream’ that Louie keeps to herself?


O  Based on what you have read, predict what might happen next in the story. Use evidence from across the extract to support your prediction.


P  Tick whether the following statements are true or false.

No other circuses had a triple somersault stunt.

Kitty Quickblade was younger than Louie.

The ticket booth was small.

Louie’s dog can tell that something exciting is about to happen.


Q  Match the characters from the extract with the events.

Charles Blondin                                                     abandoned her baby

Jasper                                                                  crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope

Louie                                                                     performs stunts in the circus

Louie’s mother                                                       dreams of performing stunt


Science/ICT – alternative sources of energy


Internet Treasure Hunt – Solar

Find the following information using a search engine. Where there is no site given, copy and paste the question into the Google search bar – this should give you an answer. When you have found the information highlight, copy and paste it under each question.



  1. What does Solar energy mean?




  1. Is Solar energy new?




  1. Find a picture of the Sun.




  1. How far away is the Sun from the Earth?




  1. How much of the Sun’s energy hits the Earth each year?




  1. What does a Solar panel look like?



  1. What size Solar panel would you need to run a 100W light bulb?




  1. What are the advantages of Solar energy?




  1. What are disadvantages of Solar energy?




  1. Where in the World do you think Solar power would be the most



 Internet Treasure Hunt – Tidal

Find the following information using a search engine. Where there is no site given, copy and paste the question into the Google search bar – this should give you an answer. When you have found the information highlight, copy and paste it under each question.

  1. What does Tidal power mean?




  1. How does Tidal power work?




  1. Find a picture of a barrage?




  1. How long did it take to build the Cardiff Bay Barrage?





  1. What rivers flow into the Cardiff Bay Barrage?





  1. How much energy could Tidal power provide for the UK?




  1. If a Tidal power station was built across the Severn Estuary how much

energy could it produce?




  1. What are the advantages of Tidal energy?




  1. What are disadvantages of Tidal energy?




  1. What do you think about Tidal power?





Tie Dyeing is always HIP and now you can learn how cool and super easy it is to REVERSE Tie Dye with plain ole bleach.


Some ideas for different designs –



  1. Fold your T-Shirtwith any tie dye technique (spiral, accordion, etc.)
  2. Secure with Rubber Bands(optional)
  3. Add 3/4 Cup water and 1/4 cup Bleach to your Spray Bottle(set to ‘Spray’)
  4. Spray top of shirt
  5. Let sit for 10 – 30 minutes, watching for colour change.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and then wash in machine
  7. Hang to dry

SAFETY PRECAUTION: Since you will be using bleach, it’s a good idea to do this reverse dyeing outdoors. You don’t want to breathe the fumes. Also, bleach is extremely hard on your skin so I recommend wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.







Look at the clock face shown above. Around the face are all the letters of the alphabet. Each letter is by it’s own minute mark. For example the letter A is at 0 minutes, the letter D is at 15 minutes and the letter H is at 35 minutes.

Use the clock to break the code below.

Each number corresponds to a minute mark on the clock. If you write the letter down for each amount of minutes given you will spell out a sentence. When you’ve done that you will know what to do next.



8 12 51 57 12 42 10 0 8 42 32 20 37 35

20 10 55 12 10 50 2 60 50 20 42 18 57

12 42 27 12 51 8 2 20 32 32 0 30 20


Remember the numbers stand for minutes and not hours!



Weekly Do’s/Important websites



These are the two online primary websites which are used by Godre’rgraig class teachers and children. These are the most effective for your child’s learning and will be linked to their age and ability. Your children will be familiar with these and the majority will be able to use independently after the initial set-up.

Children will need passwords and username details which were sent via Schoop.