From a Railway Carriage
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches,
And running along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows, the horses and cattle,
All of the sights that I see from the train,
Fly as thick as driving rain,
And all at once, in the blink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles,
Here is a man who stands and gazes,
And here is a field for picking the daisies!
Here is a forest of mighty oak,
Next to a factory pumping out smoke,
And here is a road, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!
1. What does the poet say the train is faster than?
2. What do you think the phrase ‘in the blink of an eye’ means?
3.Why do you think the train is described as ‘running along like troops in a battle’?
4. Where do you think the poet is travelling to on the train?
Terrific Travel Competition
Win an exciting holiday for two to the sunny getaway of Shell Beach!
Relax on the warm, sandy shores with a cold, refreshing drink in your hand. Watch the dolphins swim and play in the crystal blue ocean. Sunbathe in our comfy hammocks or read your book beneath the shady palm trees. Why not rent a boat and ride the waves to see what this stunning island has to offer?
To enter, all you need to do is write a letter to Terrific Travel, describing your dream holiday in the sun. All entries must be sent by 20th June to be in with a chance of winning this
1. Where will you go if you win the prize?
2. How might someone feel if they won this prize?
Give a reason.
3. Which two adjectives does the author use to describe the drinks on Shell Beach?
___________________ and ________________________
4. Number these activities from 1 to 3 to show the order they appear in the text.
_____ renting a boat
_____ sunbathing in a hammock
_____ watching the dolphins
Mum: How did you go on at the doctors, Sammy? What did they say?
Sammy: Well, it wasn't good news. The doctor says that I need to get healthier or I will be poorly. I don't do enough exercise and I'm not eating healthy food.
Mum: I thought you were quite healthy. You eat lots of different things and you play outside.
Sammy: I know but it's not enough. I need to eat at least five pieces of colourful, juicy fruit and tasty vegetables every single day. I need to get at least thirty minutes of tiring exercise every single day that makes my heart beat faster and makes me sweaty.
Mum: Let's make more healthy choices together, Sammy.
1. What does Sammy say will happen if she doesn't become healthier?
2. Did Mum know that Sammy was unhealthy? How do you know?
3. What might Sammy and Mum do to get healthier?
4. Which two adjectives does the author use to describe fruit?
__________________ and ___________________