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Week 8






Who dips, dives, 
swoops out of space, 
a buzz in his wings 
and sky on his face: 
now caught in the light, 
now gone without trace, 
a sliver of glass, 
never still in one place? 

Who’s elusive as a pickpocket, 
lord of the flies: 
Who moves like a rocket, 
bound for the skies? 
Who’s catapult, aeroplane, 
always full-throttle? 
Sky-diver, Jumping Jack, 
comet, bluebottle! 


Judith Nicholls


  1. Find and copy 3 verbs at the start of the poem that describe the way the blue bottle moves?


  1. What do these verbs and the lines: now caught in the light, 
    now gone without trace tell us about the movement of the bluebottle?


  1. Do you think the word elusive means:
  1. difficult to find, catch, or achieve.
  2. worked by, charged with, or producing electricity.
  3. join together.




  1. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as". What is the simile Nicholls uses to



  1. The author use the nouns catapult, aeroplane, sky diver and to compare the bluebottle. What does that make you think about the movement and speed that a blue bottle moves?