Phonemic Awareness First Term Primary One Revision

 Break down long words into smaller words

Subject :  Phonological Awareness / Phonics /Diction


Class: Basic 1 / Primary 1 / Year 1


Term: First   Term


Week: Week 10



Phonemic Awareness Primary One First Term Revision



Previous Knowledge: The pupils have previous knowledge of


Identification of familiar sounds in words


that was taught in their previous lesson.



Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow it.


All cats, from jungle cats to house cats, belong to the cat family, Felidae. The domestic cat has

evolved as an urban scavenger and may have originated about 8000 BC, when humans who

used to move from place to place settled into village life. The cat was worshiped as a sacred

animal and the Egyptians domesticated many species, and the cat may simply have been bred

to protect granaries from rodents. Because cat mummies are so numerous, in fact, it has been

suggested that the animals may sometimes have been killed for offerings.

At a point, the poor cats were regarded as evil and the cruelty inflicted upon them makes sad

reading. Some were stuffed into baskets and burnt alive in public processions or consumed in

bonfires, others were tossed from roofs of churches. In addition, those features of the cat like

the glow of its eyes and their ability to twist and survive after being tossed from the highest

points were said to be a sign of familiarity with the devil. Like all felids, domestic cats can detect

slight movements in semidarkness. However the cat fared better in other parts of the world like

Asia. If it had supernatural powers, these were to be respected, not condemned. Today, the cat

leads a more humane existence. True, many do not enjoy the privileges of pampered pets in

people’s houses but every city has its collection of free roaming cats that get food where they

can sleep rough and tight for territory.

Domestic cats breed more than once a year, depending on conditions. Domestic cats living

under artificial light may breed at any time. Reproductive life begins at about seven months and

continues until an advanced age of fifteen years or more. The average litter is four kittens,

except for the usually smaller first litter, and litters born to older females.


1. State the cat family name.


2. Which other name can any cat be called by?


3. Where was the cat first domesticated?


4. What could have been the first reason for domesticating the cat?



5. State two cruel acts inflicted upon cats.

i) ___________________________________________________________

ii) __________________________________________________________

6. Does the writer think these acts were good?


7. What is the special feature of the cat that helps it to hunt at a time other

animals cannot?



8. Are the words rough and tight (Paragraph 2) adjectives or adverbs?


9. Fill the gaps below. Number (a) is done for you as an example.

(a) A number of young cats


(b) A number of lions or monkeys ________________

(c) A number of cattle or swine ________________

(d) A collection of ducks or fowls ________________

(e) A number of sheep ________________

10. From the passage, bring out the word that fits each of the following descriptions

numbered (a – f).

(a) A place where grains are kept ___________________________

(b) Living in the home ___________________________

(c) In large number ___________________________

(d) To get out of danger unhurt ___________________________

(e) Made by man ___________________________

(f) A thing or place considered holy ___________________________