Alfred The Great’s Grating Gate Grate

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Life wasn’t so great for Alfred the Great – the portcullis on the castle was broken again and he didn’t have a gate. He called to Knight Goodnight – did he have any ideas to help him so it didn’t stick so tight. Knight Goodnight said that some oil would do the trick – but he knocked over the bottle and soon there was a slick ! Knight Goodnight brought a hammer from the shed – with three dozen nails which he hammered on their head. But still the gate was broken … and they were completely stuck – so Alfred the Great went to fetch a spanner and an old manual instruction book. Alfred the Great brought a ladder and Knight Goonight held it – he was getting madder ! Although they heaved with all their might, the portcullis remained stuck and Knight Goodnight almost broke the light. But still the portcullis didn’t budge – it was completely stuck tight. They’d have to sleep outside in the moat for the night. The next day, they tried again, using a saw and a cannonball that they found in the lane. But it was hopeless – Alfred the Great really had no more ideas – what could make the portcullis loose and stop it from hanging off it’s hinges. A bit of tape and some sticky glue – Alfred asked Knight Goodnight what he thought – “Did he think that it would do ?”. Knight Goodnight agreed that it soon would become broken once more – and indeed, as they tried to open the portcullis, two more screws fell onto the floor. Knight Goodnight shot an arrow – but it missed the portcullis and almost hit a sparrow ! Whilst Alfred the great rattled his nails, Knight Goodnight brought an old link from his chain mail. He had a solution that he hoped wouldn’t fail ! He oiled the squeaky cogs and scraped away the rust – Soon the gate was working great and you couldn’t see either of them for dust !

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Alfred the Great’s It Ain’t ‘Alf ‘Ard Game

All of the words taken from the story above have been divided into halves. Can you piece together the half words to spell them corectly again ?

cullis

li

lf

port

bro

fe

ha

ken

ga

ght

i

te

kni

deas

ner

ham

span

mer

lad

rew

na

der

sc

pletely

st

y

ni

uck

squeak

ght

ged

sti

bot

ban

tle

ok

head

p

cky

slee

scrap

ed

ion

bo

out

instruct

side

mo

ils

at

en

na

op

il

com

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How many words can you think of that contain a “grate” ? Example – denigrate, migrate.

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Open Gate

How many words can you think of that contain a “gate” ? Example – gateway.

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Later Than Ever

How many words can you think of that Alfred the Great has been late spelling because his portcullis is broken and he can’t find a way out of the castle ? Example – manipulate.

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers : life ; half ; portcullis ; broken ; gate ; knight ; ideas ; spanner ; hammer ; ladder ; screw ; nail ; completely ; stuck ; squeaky ; night ; banged ; sticky ; scraped ; outside ; moat ; open ; nails ; bottle ; instruction ; book ; head ; sleep

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