Summer Term 2010

Prep 7 June 2010

Read the following poem:

MULGA BILL'S BICYCLE by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson

'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse me, can you ride?"
"See here, young man," said Mulga Bill, "from Walgett to the sea,
From Conroy's Gap to Castlereagh, there's none can ride like me.
I'm good all round at everything as everybody knows,
Although I'm not the one to talk - I hate a man that blows.
But riding is my special gift, my chiefest, sole delight;
Just ask a wild duck can it swim, a wildcat can it fight.
There's nothing clothed in hair or hide, or built of flesh or steel,
There's nothing walks or jumps, or runs, on axle, hoof, or wheel,
But what I'll sit, while hide will hold and girths and straps are tight:
I'll ride this here two-wheeled concern right straight away at sight."
'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that sought his own abode,
That perched above Dead Man's Creek, beside the mountain road.
He turned the cycle down the hill and mounted for the fray,
But 'ere he'd gone a dozen yards it bolted clean away.
It left the track, and through the trees, just like a silver steak,
It whistled down the awful slope towards the Dead Man's Creek.
It shaved a stump by half an inch, it dodged a big white-box:
The very wallaroos in fright went scrambling up the rocks,
The wombats hiding in their caves dug deeper underground,
As Mulga Bill, as white as chalk, sat tight to every bound.
It struck a stone and gave a spring that cleared a fallen tree,
It raced beside a precipice as close as close could be;
And then as Mulga Bill let out one last despairing shriek
It made a leap of twenty feet into the Dean Man's Creek.
'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that slowly swam ashore:
He said, "I've had some narrer shaves and lively rides before;
I've rode a wild bull round a yard to win a five-pound bet,
But this was the most awful ride that I've encountered yet.
I'll give that two-wheeled outlaw best; it's shaken all my nerve
To feel it whistle through the air and plunge and buck and swerve.
It's safe at rest in Dead Man's Creek, we'll leave it lying still;
A horse's back is good enough henceforth for Mulga Bill."

Answer the following questions

1. What kind of person was Mulga Bill? [5] Use evidence from the poem.
2. What is a precipice? (You can look it up) [2]
3. What happened to Mulga Bill at the end? [5]
4. When do you think the 'story' happened and why? [5]

Cover Lesson Friday 21 May 2010
Learn Spelling Lists 11 and 12
Choose 10 interesting/challenging words from each list.
Open a Word Document and write a sentence which illustrates the meaning of each word.
Carefully check your sentences so that there are no errors.

There will be a spelling test on these words next week.

Prep 13 May 2010

A Man, A Boy and a Fox

1. Why is Gerard so keen to find the man and the fox?
2. How does Gerard go about searching for the man and the fox?
3. How has Gerard been changing in the last portion of the book we have read?

22 April 2010
Prep: Complete comprehension p. 55 and learn spelling lists 9 and 10.

Monday Lesson 1 English - In classroom
Comprehension exercise. Answer on sheet.

Monday Lesson 2 English - In Bewshers
Task 2: Adverbial Clauses

Read this all the way through very carefully first. (All the way to the end of today's work).

When we describe a noun we use an adjective. However, it is possible to describe a noun using a string of other words.
For example: The cat which had been sitting on the table decided to leave the room.
The cat is described in terms of a set of words which is in this case an adjectival clause.

Another example: The car which she is driving is not hers.
Note that the car is described/modified but there is no adjective.

Here is a YouTube explanation. It is from the USA, where they call adjectival clauses, adjective clauses. They are the same thing. The first part is a little complicated. Don't worry if you don't understand it!

Work on these questions carefully. Do not rush them.

Read through these examples:
An adjectival clause is used to describe a noun (the adjectival clause is underlined)
The car, which was red, belonged to Matthew.

A relative pronoun (who) is usually used to introduce an adjective clause:
James, who is a Colet Court student, lives in Hammersmith.

The main relative pronouns are:

Who: used for humans in subject position:
Jacques, who is a Harrodian, lives in Barnes.

Whom: used for humans in object position:
Tim, whom Simon knows well, is a footballer.

Which: used for things and animals in subject or object position:
Thomas has a dog which follows him everywhere.

That: used for humans, animals and things, in subject or object position (but see below):
Jerry is building a model that Wayne designed.

If you have worked on this carefully (or you really haven't understood after trying to work it out) you may read your class reader. There is no page limit. Read to the end, during lessons.


Learn the poem that is given out, for prep. Follow the instructions on the back. Learn the lines that you have been allocated (or more if you like).

Wednesday Lesson 7 English - In Bewshers
You can look at these videos. They are about Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Answer the following questions. Write a paragraph for each answer. Answer in your BIG books.
1) This year we have looked/are looking at a number of stories of children in difficult situations. In Alone on a Wide Sea, Friedrich and Rabbit Proof Fence there are children in situations over which they have little control, but manage to behave remarkably well.
In each of the stories there is some kind of suffering. Sum up how the main characters deal with the suffering they have experienced.
2) Explain why Mollie decides that they have to leave so suddenly from where they are staying.
3) Explain how Friedrich's experiences (as far as you have read) have an affect on him.

If you finish these three questions, you may read carefully through this booklet and think about the questions at the end. Read it carefully, don't rush through it just because it is on the screen!

If you finish you can read Friedrich. There is no page limit. So long as you only read in class, you can read to the end. Don't read it at home.

Thursday Lesson 6 English - Library
Library lesson.
Task 1 Reading
Please proceed with broad reading as we have done for the last two weeks. Renew your library books.
Prep will be set. Draw a book cover and write blurb of a book you have recently written. Paper provided. Fold it in half.

Friday Lesson 1 English - In classroom

Read the following the non-fiction writing on the sheet given to you.

This is preparation for some work we will do next week.

During this lesson write an account of something you have done, but try to write it as interestingly as possible. Don't be silly with it, but be imaginative. Think about what you would like to read.

Here are some ideas:
How to serve in tennis
Bike riding
Walking (recreational)
Rock climbing
Building Lego

Take care with what you write. Think about different ways of making it interesting. Re read the pages you were given to look at for ideas.

Work through to the end of the lesson on this. Plan your work so it takes the full time! Write this in your draft book.

English Prep for 2M 4 Mar 10

We have been looking at different kinds of books to read. Having spent the lesson today reading something different I would like you to talk to your mother or father (au pair/grandparents etc if your parents are not around) about the book/s that you have been trying out, and get them to talk to you about their own experience with that genre of writing. Ask them if they have read any books from that genre, or seen any good films within that genre.

Spend ten minutes making some notes about the conversation with this adult. Make a note about their comments and what you learnt from this experience.

Word Sounds

You were supposed to have finished writing this in your books. If you didn't, finish it now.

Alliteration is the repetition of sounds. There are some special kinds of repetition.

Consonance: Repetition of consonant sounds eg 'He clasped the crag with crooked hands.'

Sibilance: Repetition of 's' sounds eg 'The slimy snake slithered slowly.'

Assonance: Repetition of sounds internal to words eg 'Reptition of sounds internal to words' eg 'It beats as it sweeps as it cleans.'

Prep: Write a poem with onomatopoeic words. Then write a sentence which has consonance, one which has sibilance and one which has assonance.'

Here is an example of the kind of poem you might write. It was written by a brilliant poet.

Bish bash swash wash
Flash mash whoosh slosh
Click clack clunk clip
Ding dong flop flip.

(This is only the first stanza from a much longer poem).

What's the difference between different kinds of stories? Click to download PDF.

Cover Lesson for Dr Lee

1. Download the sheet below and save it in your user area. Answer the questions, add your name, save your work, print the document. Remember there is a thesaurus website below. A thesaurus gives you alternative words.

2. Read this carefully. This term we will be doing some work on legends and fables.
The Legend of King Arthur

Thesaurus Website | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at

King Arthur sites
BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: King Arthur, 'Once and Future King'

Sorry I'm not with you today, I am at a technology conference.

Cover for 2M.

Continue with your class plays. If you finish go here:

Please go to the 2L ENGLISH page, in the sidebar. <----

Get a start on the poetry work there. 2L had a double lesson, you have a single. Do what you can get done.
You do not need to do the prep, as it is not a prep night for you.

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2M Prep Monday 9 November 2009

From your English textbooks do the exercise in Unit 5 on statements, questions and orders. Do A-D.

2M Questions:
1. When Martin and Arthur are locked up in their dormitory Marty did something that Arthur had never done before. What was it?
2. What do you think Mrs Bacon thought about the children?
3. What happened to the character after the Wes Snarkey incident?