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I can think about and evaluate how authors use language

Think about the phrase ‘wild goose chase.’ This is a phrase that was first found in Shakespeare. Watch the below video to see what it means and where it originally came from.

Expressions by Shakespeare: a wild goose chase

A wild goose chase, what does that mean? Did you know you are quoting Shakespeare when you say you've been on a wild goose chase? Find out all about this exp...

Phrases like this are called idioms. They are phrases that we use regularly but do not have a literal meaning. Shakespeare used a lot of idioms.

Idioms | Award Winning Teaching Video | What Is An Idiom? | Figurative Language

Idioms is a video that not only defines idioms, but also provides real life strategies for practicing idiom usage. Video imagery and voice-over combine to d...

Have a look below at ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’ What do you think this means?

This means to show your full and true emotions and not hide them.

Have a look at these idioms below. Have a think and look at what these mean

Dead as a doornail

Henry VI Part II

Night Owl


I haven’t slept a wink


I sent him packing

Henry IV Part I

The apple of my eye

Midsummer Night’s Dream

She ate me out of house and home

Henry IV Part II

The world’s your oyster

Merry Wives of Windsor

It smells to heaven


Make your hair stand on end


Every dog will have his day


Today I would like you to write the below passage practicing your handwriting and highlight or underline any idioms you find.


I felt over the moon because after feeling under the weather for so long I now
felt on top of the world again. It all began on a day when it was raining cats
and dogs. I felt like I was losing my marbles because someone had bitten my
head off for no reason. It was later in the day when I tried to get to the bottom
of it and I began to see the light. My friend hit the nail on the head when she
said that the other person had got her knickers in a twist. She then said, “Keep
your hair on.” And went on to suggest she turned over a new leaf so that more
people liked her.

Match the idioms in the worksheet below :) 

To finish this lesson have a look below at Shakespeare’s insults! Shakespeare loved using new words to create insults, which he included in most of his plays. Make your own insults by taking one word from each of these columns. See how rude you can sound!