The Big Hill Chapter 1

Category: The Big Hill

seasideRicki, Tim, Mia and their parents were havehaving lunch on the verandahverandah of the cottage.cottage. They were lookinglooking out at a high, bush-coveredcovered hill, far awayaway acrossacross the river. It was the same hill that they could see when they went fishing,fishing, and the longerlonger they lookedlooked at it, the more the children wantedwanted to climb it.

Ricki said, “I wonderwonder what that hill is called.”

It isIt’s a lovelylovely shape,” said Tim.

“How high do you think it is?” askedasked Mia.

“I do notdon’t  know its name, or how high it is,” said Mr Gale, “probableprobably about eight hundred metres,metres, but very steep. There should be a fine view from the top.”

“Mia and I have been talkingtalking about climbingclimbing it,” said Ricki. “Do you think we could?”

“I know I could!” said Tim, who was very big and strong for his six years, and who was always tryingtrying to show that he could climb and walk just as well as Ricki or Mia.

“It will be harderharder than it looks from here,” said Mr Gale, “but if you would reallyreally like to try, perhapsperhaps we can go tomorrowtomorrow if it is a nice day.”



Clarify these words: verandah, bush-covered, shape.

Retell what has happened in this first chapter.

Make inferences and give opinions about:

  • Why they might have their lunch on the verandah.
  • Why they might really want to climb the hill.
  • How it might be a lovely shape.
  • How high eight hundred metres might be.
  • Why there would be a fine view.
  • Why Tim might always be trying to show what he can do.
  • Why they need a nice day to climb the hill.


What prediction can you make about what might happen next?

What question could you ask about this chapter?

Visualise these uses of descriptive language: high, bush-covered hill, far away across the river, a lovely shape, very steep, fine view from the top, big and strong for his six years. 

Make a connection with this chapter.

Word Study

Verb endings: What happens when we add sed or ing to: have, try.

Other affixes: What happens when we add other prefixes and suffixes like erly to these words: long, hard, love, probable, real.

What two words make up these compound words: away, across.

What two words are contracted here: It's, don't.