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Texts for zoom reading sessions week beginning 1st March.

Texts for zoom reading sessions for the week beginning 22nd February.

Texts for the zoom reading sessions from Monday 8th February.

Texts for the zoom reading sessions from Monday 1st February.

Short extracts for the week beginning Monday 25th January.

For those who cannot open the ppt, here is Tuesday's text.

Who Was Mary Seacole?

Mary Seacole (born Mary Grant) was a British-Jamaican woman who became famous in the 19th century as Mother Seacole due to her work caring for injured soldiers in the Crimean War.


Mary’s Early Life

Mary Anne Grant was born in 1805 in Kingston, Jamaica. Her father was a Scottish soldier and her mother was a well-known Jamaican doctress who treated people using herbal remedies (such as aloe vera and ginger) and Mary also had two siblings, Edward and Louisa.


As a child, Mary was fascinated by her mothers work and practised the skills
she learned using dolls and pets as patients. By the age of 12, she was
helping her mother as a nurse. Because of her father
s connections, she was
also able to travel twice
to visit England in her teens and this made her
quite unusual for a black person at that time.


When she was 31, Mary married a naval officer called Edwin Horatio Seacole.
She was a good businesswoman and together they ran a successful store.
Unfortunately, her husband died only eight years later.

Make sure you read the text extracts before the lessons.

Monday reading questions.

After reading the text, answer these questions in your books.  Remember to answer in full sentences and use the non-negotiables presentation and punctuation. We will mark your answers in the afternoon zoom sessions. 

  1. Write a summary of the text.  Remember this is an overview of the key points and should only be two or three sentences long.
  2. Why was Bruno speaking in a polite tone?
  3. Why might Bruno think he is being sent away?
  4. Bruno is ‘marching towards her’ when he sees his mother.  How is he walking? What does this say about how he might be feeling?
  5. What does the word ‘imitate’ mean?


Tuesday reading questions.

  1. How is Bruno’s mother feeling? Find evidence to support your opinion.
  2. What type of family is Bruno from? Rich? Poor? What evidence is there to support your view?
  3. Why did the maid keep her head bowed and stay silent?
  4. What does the word ‘muster’ mean?
  5. What does the word ‘chaos’



Wednesday reading questions.

  1. Write a summary of the extract.  Remember, key points overview and only two to three sentences.
  2. What time of day is ‘lightbut- no-sun-yet’?
  3. What gender is the narrator of this story? Boy or girl? How do you know?
  4. How were the invaders moving when they are described like this? ‘swept over her like water’.


Thursday reading questions.

  1. What facial feature is being described here? ‘there was yellow fur around his mouth.’
  2. ‘But they did not kill us, not there, not then.’ What does this suggest is going to happen and when?
  3. Carefully read all the description of the invaders.  Draw and label one.


Friday reading questions.

  1. In your opinion, why did the narrator’s sister not cry when she was thrown to the ground?
  2. Read the description of the river people and the description of the no skins. Compare the vocabulary used.  What does it tell you about the two different tribes?
  3. ‘I thought the one standing over me was Lord Death from our stories.’ Why did the narrator think this? What kind of stories do you think he had been told?
  4. Where do you think the men were going to be taken?

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