In English we will be learning about stories that raise issues and dilemmas. We will look at some different examples before focusing on a picture book to understand a character's thoughts and emotions. Our second topic will be poetry where we will explore different forms including kennings and calligrams. Our class novel is The Sheep-Pig. Here is an extract from the book. Below this are some websites to aid your learning.
"Guess my weight"
"What's that noise?" said Mrs Hogget, sticking her comfortable round red face out of the kitchen
window. "Listen, there 'tis again, did you hear it, what a racket, what a row, anybody'd think someone
was being murdered, oh dearie me, whatever is it, just listen to it, will you?"
Farmer Hogget listened. From the usually quiet valley below the farm came a medley of sounds: the
oompah oompah of a brass band, the shouts of children, the rattle and thump of a skittle alley, and
every now and then a very high, very loud, very angry-sounding squealing lasting perhaps ten
Farmer Hogget pulled out an old pocket-watch as big round as a saucer and looked at it. "Fair starts
at two," he said. "It's started."
"I knows that," said Mrs Hogget, "because I'm late now with all ^theyer cakes and jams and pickles
and preserves as is meant to be on the Produce Stall this very minute, and who's going to take them
there, I'd like to know, why you are, but afore you does, what's that noise?"
The squealing sounded again.
Mrs Hogget nodded a great many times. Everything that she did was done at great length, whether it
was speaking or simply nodding her head. Farmer Hogget, on the other hand, never wasted his
energies or his words.
"Pig," he said.
Mrs Hogget nodded a lot more.
"I thought 'twas a pig, I said to meself that's a pig that is, only nobody round here do keep pigs, 'tis all
sheep for miles about, what's a pig doing, I said to meself, anybody'd think they was killing the poor
thing, have a look when you take all this stuff down, which you better do now, come and give us a
hand, it can go in the back of the Land Rover, 'tisn't raining, 'twon't hurt, wipe your boots afore you
"Yes," said Farmer Hogget.
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