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The exercises


From ’Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ Lewis Carroll

There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,' thought Alice; `only, as it's asleep, I suppose it doesn't mind.'

The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: `No room! No room!' they cried out when they saw Alice coming. `There's plenty of room!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.

`Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.

Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. `I don't see any wine,' she remarked

`There isn't any,' said the March Hare.

`Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it,' said Alice angrily.

 

Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again. 

 

Exercises

High in the Pine Tree

My smile is wide as I cross the winning line

The farmer works very hard

My Motor car is a fast motor car

I’m afraid you didn’t make the relay team

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain

Our house, our car. Where are our bags?

He gave a groan and then a moan because he bumped his funny bone

Oh dear oh, my cake is all dough, and how to make it better I do not know

Sit and seat  -  can you sit in that seat

Live and leave – I live in Wimbledon and need to leave tomorrow

Fill and feel – if you fill it up with water you will feel much better

Will and wheel – will you replace the wheel please?

Bin and been - the people have been to empty the bin

I asked the staff not to walk on the grass but to use the path

The Cat sat in my hat on the mat

I will complete the written letter

I don’t like hot chocolate

Two toads totally tired tried to trot to Tewkesbury

Daisy is a dainty disco dancer

My other little brother did something wrong  


This thread is too thick

This thread is too thin

So this is what we will do.

We both will ask mother to get us another

And with it a thimble too.  


Whether the weather be fine,

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold,

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather

Whatever the weather

Whether we like it or not


My Mummy made me some marvellous marmalade

 

She sells sea shells on the sea shore

Whether the weather be hot or whether the weather be not

Peter Piper picked a piece of pickled pepper

Red leather yellow leather

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