Proverbs
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Proverbs

It's time to take a look at proverbs. This quiz aims to introduce children in KS1 to a style of speech that they may frequently hear but not understand, especially as proverbs are given as advice and guidance. This adds another feather in the cap when it comes to English and literacy!

A proverb is a wise saying that has been used for hundreds of years. Often, people use them without realising. See how much you know about proverbs.

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  1. What does 'People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones' mean?
    This one is very true. It is easy to accuse somebody of being mean and forget that maybe we have been too.
  2. What does 'Better late than never' mean?
    This one means what it says, but if somebody says this to you then they are still a little annoyed that you didn't turn up or hand something in on time.
  3. What does 'When in Rome, do as the Romans' mean?
    Most people just say, 'when in Rome' as everyone knows the end of the proverb.
  4. What does 'A picture is worth a thousand words' mean?
    Helen of Troy is known as the face that launched a thousand ships. That picture would definitely be worth more than a thousand words!
  5. What does 'The early bird catches the worm' mean?
    Blackbirds are ground feeders and often pull worms out of the mud to eat them.
  6. What does 'There is no such thing as a free lunch' mean?
    This one means you should always be suspicious of other people...which is quite sad! Hopefully people give you free things without expecting something in return!
  7. What does 'You can't always get what you want' mean?
    This one is often said to children because there are so many toys that you may want and unfortunately, just because you want something - it doesn't mean you're going to get it.
  8. What does 'Two wrongs don't make a right' mean?
    You may hear this one a lot, especially in the playground. This means that if somebody hurts you, you shouldn't hurt them back and instead - tell a teacher or adult.
  9. What does 'All good things must come to an end' mean?
    This one is quite easy - it means that if you are sad that something like a birthday party is over, know that everything ends.
  10. What does 'Practise makes perfect' mean?
    This one is certainly true for your handwriting. Only through practising can you get better at forming your letters correctly.

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