Year 4 Reading Challenge

Willie froze with the branch still held high in his hand.  Sweat broke out from under his armpits and across his forehead.  Now he was for it.  He was bound to get a beating now.  Tom came towards him, took the branch firmly from his hand and lifted it up.  Willie automatically flung his arm across his face and gave a cry but the blow he was expecting never came.  Tom had merely thrown the branch to the other end of the graveyard and the dog had gone scampering after it.

‘Yer can take yer arm down now, boy,’ he said quietly. ‘I think you and I ‘ad better go inside and sort a few things out.  Come on,’ and with that he stepped aside for Willie to go in front of him along the path.

Willie walked shakily towards the cottage, his head lowered.  Through blurred eyes he saw the tufts of grass spilling up between the small flat stones.  The sweat trickled down the sides of his face and chest.  His armpits stung savagely and a sharp pain stabbed at his stomach.  He walked through the front door and stood in the hallway, feeling the perspiration turn cold and clammy.  Tom walked into the front room and stood waiting for him to enter.

‘Don’t dither out there,’ he said, ‘come on in.’

Willie did so but his body felt as if it no longer belonged to him.  It seemed to move of its own accord.  Tom’s voice grew more distant.  It reverberated as if it was being thrown back at him from the walls of a cave.  He sat down on the stool feeling numb.

Tom picked up a poker and walked across to the fire.  Now he was going the get it, he thought, and he clutched tightly onto the seat of the stool.  Tom looked down at him.

‘About Sammy,’ he heard him say.  He watched him poke the fire and then he didn’t hear any more.  He knew that Tom was speaking to him but he couldn’t take his eyes off the poker.  It sent the hot coke tumbling in all directions.  He saw Tom’s brown wrinkled hand lift it out of the fire.  The tip was red, almost white in places.  He was certain that he was going to be branded with it.  The room seemed to swim and he heard both his and Tom’s voice echoing.  He watched the tip of the poker spin and come closer to him and then the floor came towards him and it went dark.  He felt two large hands grip him from behind and push his head between his knees until the carpet came into focus and he heard himself gasping.

Tom opened the front window and lifted him through it.

‘Breathe in deep,’ Willie heard him say.  ‘Take in a good sniff.’

He took in a gulp of air. ‘I’ll be sick,’ he mumbled.

‘That’s right, go on, I’m ‘olding you.  Take in a good sniff.  Let yer throat open.’

Willie drank in some more air.  A wave of nausea swept through him and he vomited.

‘Go on,’ he heard Tom say,’ breathe in some more,’ and he was sick again and again until there was no more left inside him and he hung limply in Tom’s arms.

Tom wiped his mouth and face with the scarf.  The pain in Willie’s stomach had gone but he felt drained like a rag doll.  Tom lifted him back into the cottage and placed him in his armchair.  His small body sank comfortably into the old soft expanse of chair.  His feet barely reached the edge of the seat.  Tom tucked a blanket round him, drew up a chair by the fire and watched Willie fall asleep.

Bronze:

Find evidence in the text to suggest Willie is feeling scared. Why do you think this?

Silver:

How do you think Willie feels about Mr Tom and why?

Gold:

Write a diary entry showing Willie’s feelings. 

75 thoughts on “Year 4 Reading Challenge

  1. Bronze
    Find evidence in the text to suggest Willie is feeling scared?
    Willie is scared because it says he froze with a branch held high in his hand.

    Silver
    How do you think Willie thinks about Mr.Tom?
    I think Willie feels good about Mr. Tom because Tom tucked

  2. Bronze

    He is scared because in the text it said feeling the perspiration turn cold and clammy.

    Silver

    I think willie feels nervous because Mr Tom has got quite a strict personality and he even said to Willie he was going to kill him.

  3. Bronze
    1. That he froze and when the Billeting officer dropped him of and she went he started to look at when she was walking .Also he was actually scared.
    Silver
    2. I think he feels nervous and scared in the same time and he thinks that he shouts a lot.

  4. Silver
    Willie feels worried because he doesn’t know if Tom shouts a lot or if he’s just a kind man.
    Gold
    Dear Diary,

    I am feeling confused because I don’t know how to write.I thought I was getting beaten by Tom but he actually meant no harm.So I think I will have a good time.

  5. BRONZE:

    Willie froze with the branch still held high in his hand. Sweat broke out from under his armpits and across his forehead. He was bound to get a beating now. Tom came towards him, took the branch firmly from his hand and lifted it up. Willie automatically flung his arm across his face and gave a cry but the blow he was expecting never came.

    I think this because Willie is scared of dogs, sweat came from under his armpits and started to cry.

    • SILIVER:

      I think Willie feels weird about Tom because he’s really nice to him and back at his house his mum was mean.

      GOLD:

      Dear Diary,

      I thought that I was dreaming because Mr.Tom was really really nice to me. I felt horrified of the dog, HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME! Mr.Tom told me that Sammy was a good dog, and that I would be safe. I was sweating everywhere, and I thought he and my mum would beat me up. Weren’t sticks scary to dogs? I then realised I started to feel sick, and Mr.Tom made me vomit out of the window!

  6. Bronze. he is feeling scared because he meeting people that he doesn’t know.
    Silver. He feel scared because he shouts.
    Gold.Dear Diary a I feel so scared to go to this school because there mancalle MR Tom he is stricked and I am shy to meat new people.

  7. When he flung his arms across his face let out a cry shoed that he was scared. I think this because thought he was going to get a beating.

  8. BRONZE:I THINK WILLIE IS FEELING SCARED BECAUSE IN THE TEXT IT SAYS ‘Sweat broke out from under his armpits and across his forehead’. Now he was for it.I ALSO THINK THAT WILLIE IS FRIGHTENED BECAUSE IN
    THE TEXT THE WRITER DESCRIBES HOW WILLIE WENT TOWARDS THE COTTAGE.
    ‘Willie walked shakily towards the cottage’
    SILVER:WILLIE FEELS INQUISITIVE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT KNOW WHO TOM IS OR WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS.
    GOLD:
    DEAR DIARY
    I THINK WILLIE FEELS CONFUSED BECAUSE WILLIE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO
    READ OR WRITE.I ALSO THINK WILLIE FEELS THAT HE HAS NO ENERGY FROM THE QUOTATION‘He sat down on the stool feeling numb.’
    I BELEIVE WILLIE FEELS SHOKED BECAUSE‘ HE THOUGHT He was bound to get a beating’.
    I ALSO BELEIVE THAT WILLIE DOESNT KNOW HOW TO REACT‘ his body felt as if it no longer belonged to him’

    BY SAIFULLAH😛😛😛

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