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Year 6 Language and Literature

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Familiar Sayings

Every culture has phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture. To say, for example, 'the early bird gets the worm' does not mean you are actually talking about real birds and real worms. Nor - thank goodness - does it literally 'rain cats and dogs'!

Bite the hand that feeds you

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An ill-tempered dog might bite his master, even though he depends on his master for food. When you harm someone who supports you, you are 'biting the hand that feeds you'.


Forty Winks

To 'have forty winks' means to take a nap.


Take the boy by the horns

This phrase means to stop hesitating and take action.


Make a mountain out of a molehill

When someone makes a big deal out of something that is not very important, we often say the person is 'making a mountain out of a molehill.'


Take the boy by the horns

This phrase means to stop hesitating and take action.


Eureka!

Eureka

'Eureka' is a Greek word that means: 'I've found it!' The Greek Mathematician Archimedes was sitting in his bath when he realised he could calculate the volume of the King's crown by measuring the volume of water it displaced. He was so excited that he jumped out of the bath and ran through the town shouting 'Eureka!'



You can read more sayings in the language and literature chapter of What Your Year 6 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.