My Aim in Life

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Grade 3
Story Time
by Andrew Collett

When our teacher tell us stories
at the end of every day,
we all sit in silence
as she takes us far away.

To places where wise wizards
live in castles in the sky,
to lands where all the children
have wings so they can fly.

We all sit in silence
we just sit and stare,
for when teacher tells us stories
she makes us feel we’re there.

Grade 3
Rainy Nights
by Irene Thompson
 
I like the town on rainy nights
When everything is wet -
When all the town has magic lights
And streets of shining jet!
 
When all the rain about the town
Is like a looking-glass,
And all the lights are upside down
Below me as I pass.
 
In all the pools are velvet skies,
And down the dazzling street
A fairy city gleams and lies
In beauty at my feet.

Grade 4
The Postman
by Claire Galpin

A postman is a busy man, 
Has lots of letters to post, 
A postman really gets around, 
From house to flat to floor.

If he is a lucky one, 
To the Palace he shall stroll, 
Along the path, not the lawn.
Maybe a parcel large or small, 
Maybe thin, fat or bulgy.

People have letterboxes small, 
People have them high and low, 
To the left, right and centre.
A postman must enjoy his job, 

On all conditions of the forecast, 
Or he would not have chosen it. 

Grade 4
Where Go the Boats?
  by R.L.Stevenson

Dark brown is the river.
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,

Boats of mine a-boating—
Where will all come home?

On goes the river
And out past the mill,
Away down the valley,
Away down the hill.

Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore.

Grade 5
Fireworks Night
By Eric Simpson

The sky is filled with sparks and flames;
the children rush about,
their cries are hardly heard among
the din of bangers,jumping jacks and rockets

Dogs howl and cats cry-
Frightened of the noise.
The sky is filled with cordite smoke.
The fire is burning high.
Flashes here and crackles there.
A rocket soars into the sky.

Among all this noise nobody hears
a small child sobbing in the shade,
a banger exploded in his hand
and only he can feel the pain.

Grade 5
Leisure
by W.H.Davies
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

Grade 6
At the Zoo

Be careful what
You say or do
When you visit the animals
At the Zoo

Don’t make fun
Of the Camel’s hump
He’s very proud
Of his noble bump

Don’t laugh too much
At the Chimpanzee-
He thinks he’s as wise
As you or me

And the Penguins
Strutting round the lake
Can understand
Remarks you make

Treat them as well
As they do you
And you always be welcome
At the Zoo

Grade 6
Henry King
By Hilaire Belloc

The Chief Defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of String.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly Knots inside.

Physicians of the Utmost Fame
Were called at once; but when they came
They answered, as they took their Fees,
"There is no Cure for this Disease.

"Henry will very soon be dead.''
His Parents stood about his Bed
Lamenting his Untimely Death,
When Henry, with his Latest Breath,

Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,
That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea
Are all the Human Frame requires...''
With that, the Wretched Child expires. ...
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