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“Anne, I can’t do it. It’d be stealing.” Lydia Henson stared at her friend. Then she smiled uncertainly. “You’re joking – right?”

   Anne narrowed her eyes. “I might have guessed. I said to the others you’d be too much of a coward. You London folk are all the same. All talk and no action.”

   “That’s not fair,” Lydia protested.

   The two girls watched each other. The silence in the assembly hall was deafening.

   “Look, it’s not really stealing,” Anne said with exasperation. “All you have to do is keep the sports cup in your locker until this time tomorrow. Then just put it back and no-one will ever know you took it in the first place.”

   Lydia stared at her own reflection in the glass-fronted cup cabinet. Black plaits tied back in a pony-tail and round, worried, dark-brown eyes shone back at her. Just an average face at the best of times, but right now it looked nervous – almost scared. Lydia looked past her reflection into the cabinet. Small silver-coloured cups for swimming, individual achievement, teamwork and a host of other school activities decorated the wall cabinet’s three shelves. And there, holding pride of place in the middle of the cabinet, was the best all-rounder’s sports cup.

   “If I take it, someone’s bound to spot it’s missing,” Lydia said unhappily.

   “No, they won’t. We’ve taken it for a day and no-one has ever even noticed,” Anne replied. “Besides, no-one’s going to bother with a sports cup in the middle of the winter term.”

   “But it’s stealing,” Lydia whispered.

   “Not if you only take it for one day. Besides, do you want to be in our group or don’t you?” Anne frowned, folding her arms across her chest.

   And that was the problem, because they both knew that Lydia wanted to belong. She wanted to belong to the Cosmics very much indeed. And Anne was the leader of the Cosmics, so she had the final say as to who could join and who couldn’t.

   Lydia looked at the sports cup which glinted in the fluorescent lights of the assembly hall.

   “So each of you has already done this?” Lydia said, chewing slowly on her bottom lip.

   “I’ve already said that haven’t I? Frankie has. Maxine has. So has Bharti. I have. Everyone has. Now, are you going to do it or not?” Anne flicked her wavy, blond hair out of her eyes with an impatient hand. She began to stroll up and down, casting Lydia  with a studied, watchful look.

   “Anne, I . . .I’m not sure . . . ”

R - Which trophy does Anne want Lydia to take?


I - The two characters in this extract have very different personalities. Write a short description of each character using evidence from the text.


I think that Anne is..... because.....

I think that Lydia is..... because.....


C - Find a word in the text that is a synonym (means the same as or similar in meaning) for anger/annoyance.

If you are learning from home, write the answers to the RIC questions in your Home Learning book.

Monday 9th November

LC: To find information to answer questions of retrieval and simple inferences

Please read the story of Mary Anning below. When you have read through the story, answer the questions that follow. 


If you are in 6G (or 6W working at home), you will need to write your answers in your Home Learning book. You need to write the date and LC at the top of your page or where you have ruled off. Please write the question number (15 - 25) for each of your answers. When you have completed all the questions, please send a photograph of your work to Mr Grimshaw on Purple Mash.