Poem First Day at School Solutions: Class 6th –
Tulip Series Do you remember your first day at school? How did you feel when you first entered the school? How do you feel now? Work with a partner and see how he/she felt on the first day of school?
Poem 5: First Day at School (Roger McGough)
- A million billion willion miles from home
- Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
- Why are they so big, other children?
- So noisy? So much at home they
- must have been born in uniform.
- Lived all their lives in playgrounds,
- Spent the years inventing games
- that don’t let me in. Games that are rough,
- that swallow you up.
- And the railings.
- All around, the railings.
- Are they to keep over wolves and monsters?
- Things that carry off and eat children?
- Things you don’t take sweets from?
- Perhaps they’re to stop us getting out
- Running away from the lesson,
- What does a lesson look like?
- Sound small and slimy.
- They keep them in classrooms,
- Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.
- I wish I could remember my name.
- Mummy said it would come in useful,
- Like wellies. When there’s puddles.
- Yellow wellies. I wish she was here.
- I think my name is sewn on somewhere
- Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
- Teacher, The one who makes tea.
THINKING ABOUT THE POEM
Question & Answer Poem First Day at School Solutions
Q1. Who do you think is the speaker of the poem?
Answer. The schoolboy is the speaker of the poem.
Q2. What does the speaker feel about other boys in the school?
Answer. The speaker feels that the other boys are big, noisy, born in uniform, lived their lives in playgrounds, and spent years inventing the games.
Q3. Who, according to the speaker, are the ‘things you don’t take sweets from?
Answer. According to the speaker, wolves and monsters are the things from which we don’t take sweets.
(According to the speaker, we don’t take sweets from wolves and monsters)
Q4. What ‘glass rooms’ does the speaker talk about? What does he imagine people do there?
Answer. Glass rooms are classrooms made of glass. People take lessons there.
Q5. What would the teacher read for the boy? Why do you think the speaker’s name has been sewn on to him?
Answer. The teacher would read the name of the boy. The speaker’s name has been sewn on to him because he himself thinks about it.
Q6. ‘Sewn’ is the past participle form of ‘sew’ (=to stitch). It is an irregular verb. Find out the past participle form of the following verbs:
Go, keep, eat, make, carry, come, think, run, write, feel
Q7. Did you like the above poem? Why? Talk to a partner about it. Ask him/her about his/her views about the poem.
Answer. Yes, I like the poem very much, because it is about the ‘first day at school’. Every child feels the same on the first day at school.
Q8. Write a paragraph of 100 words on, ‘Your School’. You may write:
- About the building.
- How far it is from your home?
- What facilities you have and you don’t have?
- What is the school timing?
- How many friends you have?
- Are there enough plants and trees in and around your school?
- What do you do to keep your school and classroom clean?
- School library.
- Any other.
- The name of my school is Government Boys Middle School,Katipora, Waripora Kund.
- It is about one kilometer far from my home.
- It has a double-story building. There are three rooms, one kitchen, two toilets and one washroom in the building.
- We have all infrastructure available here. Electricity is available, but we don’t have a water facility available here.
- The school opens at 9:30 am and closes at 3:30 pm in summer, and in winter, it opens at 11:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm.
- There are some willow trees in front of the school and the rest of the school is surrounded by paddy fields.
- Our headmaster sir has kept dustbins and brooms in each classroom. Every child uses them to keep the classrooms clean.
- We don’t have a library room available here but there are some useful books available for reading in the school.
- Our teachers take care of all children in the school. They teach us morally.
- All children respect these teachers and school as well.