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The Holocaust

In 1939 Adolf Hitler started another world war with Britan and Germany called world war two.Why did he start it?He started it because he wanted a perfect world with no jews,jipisy or people with a different type of skin.He sent them to consontration camps he slawted the young children,women,and old people. The men had to work (10-14)hours a dayand did not get there normal food portions, they then got weaker and mostly all of them died.Over (6,000,000) jews died that is more than the population in scotland.In the consantration camps  there was no flushing toilets,all the people had to share beds,they were normaly 3 or more people to 1 bed and 3 bunks high,also diseases spread rapidly because of the cramped conditions in which they were forced to live in.If anybody tried to escape it would be all the people who they shared with would also suffer and get punished for it.

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My Brother’s 500 Word Challenge

Many years ago in an unknown city a horrible creature was born. Crashing and smashing it demolished everything in its path. Nobody knew how the creature evolved apart from a magiecal wizard who lived in the high East lands .After months of terror and vandalism everyone left the City but the King wouldn’t budge. Soon the king started to hire trained assassins to kill the creature. One by one they set off; but they were never seen again. Until one day came a hero called Peter who stepped up for the challenge. The king promised to give him 10 rubies to bring back the creatures head.

But Peter decided to get advice from the magical wizard. He heard that the wizard who lived in the high treacherous Eastland’s, so he began his mystical journey. After days of blistering weather Peter finally reached the wizards laboratory, and carefully he opened the stiff door.

Inside the lab Peter glimpsed a magical wizard he cautiously murmured “Hello”. Suddenly the wizard turned round and stared angrily before saying” What do you want?”. Peter told the wizard he wanted to find the terrifying creature. So the wizard said,” you could find it in the Eastland’s in a rocky cave”, but then he added “you need this dagger to kill it”. Peter then set off, on his way he saw nothing but dead plants and fog, he thought to himself should I be a hero and kill it or be a coward and return home? Then suddenly a strange shadow appeared, is it the creature he thought but the shadow said “if you carry on you’ll put your life at risk”. But Peter just ignored it and carried on with his destiny. Just then Peter thought maybe the shadow was right but then he knew he was too far to turn back, so he carried on. Later on Peter stopped because he thought he saw the cave. He looked back and there it was the cold, dark cave so he went inside the cave and saw…

A hideous, terrifying creature! With seconds to spare he quickly sprinted behind it, and ducked behind a huge grey rock. “Roar” went the creature as it knew someone was there. frightened Peter shook like a jelly,  his heart was pounding, he knew it was his chance.  Instinctively he took out the magic dagger and stabbed it in the creature’s heart. In pain the creature fell to the ground and died. Then Peter quickly chopped off its head and sprinted to the king. The king was so happy he held a banquet and made Peter Sir Peter. In the banquet the king made a toast “Sir Peter the great.” “Sir Peter the great” said everyone before they tapped there glasses and celebrated. All night they were dancing and singing but Sir Peter fell asleep and missed the celebration. Soon Sir Peter had to return back home (which he didn’t want to do). Everyone waved goodbye as  he went home.


By Daniel H( Alex H’s brother)



First I feel sad for Lia Lesa as she had lost all of her family in the Holocaust .But I feel happy that she had survived this terrible time.

The Holocaust was a time when Jews, gypsies and black people were sent to concentration camps because Hitler wanted the perfect race. Roughly 6 million Jews were killed that is more than the population of Scotland.

In the ghettos the Jews were worked like slaves 10-14 hours a day and frequently resulted in death. They were only given to eat the minimum amount of food for them to work, bread, and tea or coffee before they started work. There was lots of ways they were killed: starved, dehydration, worked to death, slaughtered, shot, assassinated, explosions, gassed, caught in barbed wire or got stuck in mines. They separated men from women and children, they also slept in wooden bunk beds with about 3-4 people in it.

I think Hitler was very nasty and that he killed a lot of people, 6million. That is more people than the population of- Wales, Singapore, Libya, Jordan, Denmark, Finland, Georgia and Croatia.

By Alex H

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Govind’s Riddles

1. It is greater
than God and more evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich need it and if
you eat it you’ll die. What is it?

2. I am the beginning
of end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I
surround every place. What am I?

3. What is in seasons,
seconds, centuries and minutes but not in decades, years or

4. What has a head, a
tail, is brown, and has no legs?

5. This is a most
unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It
looks so ordinary you’d think nothing was wrong with it – and in fact, nothing
is wrong with it. It is unusual though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you
may find out. Try to do it without coaching. If you work at it for a bit it will
dawn on you. So jump to it and try your skill at figuring it out. Good luck –
don’t blow your cool!

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Our visit from Lia Lesser.

In 1939 there was little girl called Lia Lesser. Lia was 8 years old when she travelled a long, lonely journey to Great Britain, all the way from Czechoslovakia. Lia came to Great Britain by train all on her own, without any of her family. Lia was on her own because her family wanted her to be safe, and not part of the war that was taking place. At this point, Lia did not know about the danger her family were in back where she had lived, in Sudetenland. The man who helped Lia to safety was called Nicholas Winton; he also rescued many other children like Lia, who were in need of help, to get away from the war. Lia moved to live with a new family in Wales. Lia never moved back to Sudetenland and never saw her family again.

I cannot imagine how traumatic it would have been for Lia being separated from her family and travelling miles and miles away from her home and country all by herself at the age of 8. I think it must have been a terrifying experience for her. When she arrived in a strange, unfamiliar country, where the people didn’t speak her language, I think she would have felt scared, sad and a long way from her family and her home. Lia would not have known what was going to happen next.

Lia stayed with a new family and started a new life. Lia grew up in Great Britain and went on to have a family of her own. As Lia got older she learnt all about the war she had left behind when she was a little girl. She learnt that this war was known as the Second World War and involved the killing of millions of Jewish people and other people including gypsies, disabled people and the mentally ill. This was called the Holocaust. Some of these people were killed straight away in extermination camps, others were sent to concentration camps, where they worked extremely hard with no benefits and little food. Many people died in the concentration camps. The people responsible for the killings and the inhumane treatment were the Nazis Party, whose leader was called Adolf Hitler. Lia found out that her family died in a concentration camp known as Auschwitz.  After the war, this camp became a memorial to the people who had died there, and is now visited by people worldwide.

It’s hard to believe that one man, Adolf Hitler and those who supported him were responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people. It makes me feel very sad to have learnt about such a tragic event in our history. However, I felt touched and privileged to have met Lia and learnt about her life story.

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The Holocaust

1. The Holocaust is the name. Given to the murder of millions of Jews by he Nazis during World War Two. Adolf Hitler was a German politician leader of the Nazis party 1933-1945.During he Holocaust. Factories of death were built to ensure that the mass murders were carried out. Hitter the evil one., shooting innocent civilians gas chambers, and ovens were made so mass murders could be carried out quickly and cleanly. Mass graves were dug out by themselves , then filled with thousands of dead bodies. Lias visit was truly touching and very sad, but also a happy ending for her.
The word Holocaust makes me sad
The poor Jews were not so bad
To separate children from their moms and dads
Must have been so frightening and ever so sad
Hitler, was evil and cruel
Who should not have been in rule
To do such things to a human being
Was something that should not have been seen
The gas chambers that were built
Should be so full of dreadful guilt
Mass graves have been found
In the deep,deep grounds
People looked ill, and so so thin
They were starved, and Beaton. What a sin
Diseases were spread and not given any bread
Some people slept, while the others left for dead
It,s distressing to learn that this had occurred
History it is, something to be learn’t

The Key by Mitchell H

On the 14th of June, I was lonely and miserable as I meandered deep into the lush, carmful forest. The trees are arms gasping for air, while the wind danced gracefully to the tune of the the birds. The sun beated down on me and I stood there longily analysing the beautiful rainbow and thinking about what was at eather end. And then, in the corner of my eye, I saw a shimmering light arising from the ground and landing right infront of me! It was a key. What’s this for? Is it for me? How did it get here?


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The Holacaust

In 1933 Hitler won the German election and wanted take his revenge on England  after World war 1, so he started to make weapons. Sudutenland ( a little strip of land south of Germany that the English took at the end of world war 1 ) started to be invaded by Hitler and his army.Hitler hated Jews and unfortunately there were millions of them living in Suduten land, Lea Lisa was one of these Jews.He started to set up concentration camps in Germany, Poland, Suduten land and Denmark.Concentration camps are where people are taken to a camp and get  punished and treated horribly just because they’re different.Obviously England didn’t like this, so they declared war on Germany.If Lea Lisa would of stayed in Suduten Land she would’ve gone to a Concentration camp and probably never came back, therefore she had to move to England.The person who organised the children being sent to England was called Nicolas Wintonshire, who is now over 100.When she arrived in England she was taken into foster care by some lovely people.At this point she was only 7 or 8.Eventually when the war finished she was told that all her family had been killed at concentration camp.But now she has Grandkids of her own.I think we were very lucky to have a person come into our school who has experienced what it was like.

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The Holocaust.

The Holocaust was one of history’s most frightening times. I feel horrified to know that Adolf Hitler killed millions of Jews just because they were rich, powerful and most of all different.

               We had a visit from a lady called Lia Lesser who was lucky enough to survive the Holocaust.  Because of her visit, and previous knowledge, I have learnt that Lia and about 600 other children were saved by one man; Nicholas Winton. The children that were saved were brought to England on Kinder Transport and were looked after by this man. Other unluckier people were taken to Concentration Camps where they were slaved and were given very little to eat for survival. Unfortunately, many Jews died because they were starved. Lia lost her family because of the terrible Concentration Camps. I hope that nothing like this ever happens again, it’s bullying which will get you nowhere in life.

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Dear Kitty …

20th March 1939

Dear Kitty,
What tragic news I have for you today…Hundreds upon hundreds of my own people are being taken to the worst place possible!I can’t bare thinking about what could happen to us , all of us.
However hard I try I just can’t get it out of my head ,my friends , my family,ME! I know my feelings really don’t matter though but I can’t help feeling lonley. Despite these desolate times one ray of comfort to me: my friend Lia Lessa has come into hiding with me. Unfortunatley her mother and father have been taken to that place. I can’t even bare to say the word it frightens me so much.She has told me how she managed to squeeze into the tiniest space ever and it was a miricle they didn’t find her.I could feel her fear crawling over my skin like spiders.Disgracefuly she told me how her mother and father got dragged away and thrown into a cattle cart.She described the horrible people as almost like demons snatching away the precious and beloved. The intensity of which makes me able to almost feel her unbearable pain and suffering.I would hate to be her.Sadly for I fear the loss of our friendship, but hopefully a safe alternative for her, I have found out that she is going to Britain to be adopted.I feel overjoyed for her but almost feel like that should be me as well, but could I ever handle being away from my parents?She also told me how this man has helped her through this tough time , his name is Nicholas Winton. He is like an avenging angel, a life saver; how could she ever manage without him. As I sit here writing this I am shivering. We have already had ‘visitors’ and hope they won’t come back again.For now I sit here silently thinking about the horrible fate that could awiat me…

Your friend
Eleanor xx

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Mr Holder’s Numeracy Challenge – Week #5 Due in Friday 1st Feb

Slick Jim



Slick Jim won the lottery.

Firstly, he spent 2/3 of his winnings on a very posh house.

He then spent 2/3 of what was left on a luxury yacht.

He then spent 2/3 of what was left on a hot air balloon.

Finally, he spent his last £20,000 on a sports car.

How much did Slick Jim win on the lottery?

Extra – How much did he pay for his house, yacht and hot air balloon?

As normal, your replies will be approved once I’ve received them all: along with the solution.

p.s – Grace,  Jayden and Alex Sh: I’m still waiting for your answers to Numeracy Challenge #3.

A Special Visitor


Last week was Holocaust Memorial week. On Friday, Year 6 were lucky enough to be visited by a lady called Lia Lesser. Lia was born in the early 1930s in a part of Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland. Today, Czechoslovakia is two different countries: The Czech Republic and Slovakia. Lia’s family was also Jewish.

We talked about how Jewish people were persecuted by the Nazis before and during World War II. Because of this, Lia’s family decided to send her on her own to England in 1939, where she has lived ever since.

After the war, Lia discovered that her family had all tragically died at Auschwitz. Historians estimate that around 11 million people died in the Holocaust. This figure includes 6 million Jewish people and other groups such as Russians, Poles and Gypsies as well as disabled and mentally-ill people.

Lia spent the morning talking about her experiences and answering the many questions that we had. She was nothing but thankful for what had happened to her and repeated that she was very lucky.

Lia had a remarkable story to tell and we are thankful she could find the time to share it with us. Thank you Lia.


Essential Maths Facts … #4

Year 6 Maths facts

Knowing and using number facts

1.      Know equivalent decimals, fractions and percentages: 1/2-0.5-50%          ¼-0.25-25%           ¾-0.75-75%                     1/3-0.333-33.333%             1/5-0.2-20%

2.    Know that a square number is the result when you multiply a number by itself                                                    (49 is a square number because 7 X 7= 49)

3.    Know all square numbers less than 100: 1,2,4,9,16,25,36,49,64,81,100

4.    Know that a prime number can only by divided by itself and 1 (13 is a prime number because is only in the 1 and 13 times tables)

 Know the prime numbers less than 100: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97


5.    Know these tests of divisibility:


Divisibility Tests Example
A number is divisible by 2  if the last digit is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8. 168 is divisible by 2 since the last digit is 8.
A number is divisible by 3  if the total of the digits is divisible by 3. 168 is divisible by 3 since the sum of the digits is 15 (1+6+8=15), and 15 is divisible by 3.
A number is divisible by 4  if the number formed by the last two digits is divisible by 4. 316 is divisible by 4 since 16 is divisible by 4.
A number is divisible by 5  if the last digit is either 0 or 5. 195 is divisible by 5 since the last digit is 5.
A number is divisible by 6  if it is divisible by 2 AND it is divisible by 3. 168 is divisible by 6 since it is divisible by 2 AND it is divisible by 3.
A number is divisible by 8  if the number formed by the last three digits is divisible by 8. 7,120 is divisible by 8 since 120 is divisible by 8.
A number is divisible by 9  if the sum of the digits is divisible by 9. 549 is divisible by 9 since the sum of the digits is 18 (5+4+9=18), and 18 is divisible by 9.
A number is divisible by 10  if the last digit is 0. 1,470 is divisible by 10 since the last digit is 0.


 Understanding Shape

6.    Know that the angles in a triangle always total 180 degrees.

7.    Know that the angles around a point total 360 degrees.

8.    Know that a reflex angle is greater than 180 degrees.

9.    Know the properties and name of a dodecahedron: 3D shape- twelve faces that are regular pentagons

10.                       Know that a rhombus is a parallelogram that has all its sides the same length (a diamond)

11. Know that a kite has two sides of equal length, that touch each other and two longer sides that also touch each other

12.                       Know that a parallelogram has two pairs of parallel sides but no right angles. Its opposite angles are equal

13.                       A trapezium has only one pair of parallel sides

14.                      Know that a reflex angle is between 180 and 360 degrees

15.                       Know that the circumference is the line marking the edge of a circle




16.                       Know the approximate metric values of imperial units still in everyday use: 1kg= 2.2lb, 1oz = 30g, 4.5l = 1 gallon, 1 pint= 750ml, 8km = 5 miles

17.                       Know that to convert g-kg, m-km, ml-l and mm-m  you divide by 1000

18.                       Know that to convert mm-cm you divide by 10

19.                       Know that to convert cm-m you divide by 100


Data Handling


20.                   Know that the MOde of a set of data is the number which occurs Most Often                        

(e.g. 4,4,6,7,2,4   from this list of numbers 4 is the mode)


21.                   Know that the median of a set of data is the middle number when they are placed in order of size  

( e.g.  2,4,5,6,7  from this list of numbers 5 is the median)


  1. Know that the range of a set of data is the difference between the highest and lowest numbers

 (e.g. 2,4,5,6,7 the difference between 2 and 7 is 5, so the range is 5)

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Essential Maths Facts #3

Year 5 Maths facts

Number facts

1.     Know fraction and decimal equivalents: 1/2 = 0.5, ¼ = 0.25, ¾ = 0.75, 0.2 = 1/5, tenths and hundredths.

2.    Know that ‘per cent’ means ‘per hundred’ and a percentage is a number out of a hundred

3.    Know that 100/100 = 100 %, 1/10 = 10%, 1/100 = 1%, ½ = 50% and ¼ = 25%.

4.   Know the definitions for numerator and denominator:

Denominator: The bottom number when a fraction is written down which tells us how many parts the whole is split into. 


2     2 is the denominator.

Numerator: The top number when a fraction is written down showing the number of parts of the whole.              


4              3 is the numerator.


5.    Know that a proper fraction has a larger denominator than numerator   (e.g. 1/6  2/7  7/12)

6.   Know that an improper fraction has a larger numerator than denominator  (e.g. 7/4   5/3   3/2)

7.   Know that a mixed fraction has a whole number and a fraction  ( e.g. 2 ½,  7 ¾ )


Understanding shape

8.    Know the name and properties of an octahedron: a regular polyhedron with a faces which are equilateral triangles

9.    Know that a scalene triangle has no equal sides or angles


10.                       Know that a parallel line is of an equal distance to another line


11.                            Know that a perpendicular line is at right angles to another line


12.                       Know that acute angles are less than 90 degrees and obtuse angles are greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.


13.                       Know that the angles in a straight line add up to 180 degrees.


 14.                      Know that the ‘x’ axis is horizontal and the ‘y’ axis is vertical.


15.                       Know that to calculate the area of a rectangle you must multiply the length by the width/breadth



16.                      Know that area is measured in cm squared

17.                    Know 12 hour and 24 hour time equivalents:

             (1 pm = 13:00, 7pm = 19:00)

18.                       Know that to convert kilograms-grams, litresmillilitres, kilometresmetres, metresmillimetres you x 1000 (e.g. 4 km = 4000m, 4 L = 4000ml)

19.                       Know that to convert metrescentimetres you x 100   (e.g. 8m = 800cm)

20.                      Know that to convert centimetresmillimetres you x 10   ( 7cm = 70 mm)

Data Handling

21.                       Know that to find the mean of a set of numbers you add the numbers together and divide by the number of numbers



22.                    Know this scale for probability:

0                ¼ ,0.25                     ½ 0.5                   ¾ 0.75                          1

no chance     unlikely              even chance              likely                   certain

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Essential Maths Facts #2

Year 4 Maths facts


Number facts

1.    Know all number pairs which total 100 ( e.g. 25 + 75, 42 + 58, 17 + 83)

2.    Know all multiplication and division facts for the 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 times tables.

3.    Know that ½ = 0.5, ¼ = 0.25, 1/10 = 0.1 and 1/100 = 0.01

Understanding shape

4.    Know that a polygon is a closed, flat shape with three or more sides

5.    Know that a regular polygons have equal sides and equal angles

6.    Know the names and properties of 2D shapes as year three and:

Heptagon- a 7-sided shape

Oblong- 4-sided two right angles and two pairs equal sides but the pairs are a different length to each other


7.    Know that an equilateral triangle has ‘equal sides’ and ‘equal angles’

8.    Know that an isosceles triangle has two equal sides and angles.


Know that a horizontal line goes across and a vertical line goes downwards

10.                       Know the names of 3D shapes as year three and:

Tetrahedron: Four triangular faces

Polyhedron: solid 3D shape




11.                       Know that one whole turn= 360 degrees,  a half turn=180 degrees and a quarter turn (or right angle) = 90 degrees.



12.                       Know the direction of the compass points for North, South, East, West, North East, North West, South East, South West.



13.                       Know that ‘kilo’ means 1000, ‘milli’ means a thousandth and ‘centi’ means a hundredth.

14.                       Know that to convert m to cm, you multiply by 100 and to convert cm to m you divide by 100.        (e.g. 4m = 400cm, 550cm = 5.5M)

15.                       Know that ½ a kg is 500g and ¼ is 250g, know that ½ km is 500m and ¼ km is 250g, Know that ½ L is 500ml and ¼ L is 250ml and that ½ M is 50 cm and ¼ M is 25cm

16.                       Know that 1000 years = a millennium 

17.                       Know that a leap year has 366 days.

18.                       Know that the perimeter is the distance around the shape

19.                       Know that the area is how much surface the shape covers

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Essential Maths Facts … #1

Year 3 Maths facts

     1.     Know all addition and subtraction facts to 20 (including number bonds)

2.    Know all multiples of 10 and 5 which add to make 100 (e.g 5 + 95, 10 + 90)

3.    Know all doubles and halves to 20.

4.   Know all multiplication and division facts for the 2,3,4,5,6 and 10 times tables.

5.    Know that < means less than and > means greater than

6.   Know that a multiple is the answer when one number is multiplied (X) by another (24 is a multiple of 4 and 6 because 6 X 4= 24).

7.   Know that a factor of a number is a number that divides exactly into another number without remainders (4 and 5 are factors of 20 because 20 divided by 4 is 5)


 Understanding shape


8.    Know the names of these 2D shapes:

Circle- A continuous line goes around the edge, always the same distance from the centre.

Triangle- 3-sided shape

Square- a 4-sided shape with equal length sides

Rectangle- a 4-sided shape which has 2 pairs of equal length sides

Quadrilateral- a 4-sided shape 

Pentagon- a 5-sided shape,

Hexagon- a 6-sided shape

Octagon- an 8-sided shape


9.    Know the names and properties of these 3D shapes:

Prism- Two identical parallel sides-all the rest are rectangles.

Cube- six square faces

Cuboid- six rectangular faces

Pyramid- Triangular faces moving to a point (vertex). Can have different shaped bases.

Sphere- A ball

Cone- a circular pyramid

Cylinder- a circular prism



10.                       Know the direction of the compass points North, South, East and West.



11.                        Know that: 60 seconds = 1 minute

60 minutes = 1 hour

24 hours = 1 day

7 days = 1 week

14 days = 1 fortnight

52 weeks = 1 year

12 months = 1 year

100 years = 1 century

12.                       Know how many days there are in each month


13.                       Know that AM refers to times in the morning, from midnight to midday and PM refers to times in the afternoon from midday to midnight.


14.                      Know that 1000 metres = 1kilometre, 100 centimetres = 1 Metre, 1000 grams = 1 kilogram and 1000 millilitres = 1 Litre

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Area : Right-Angled Triangles

Area – Compound Shapes

To work out the area of tricky shapes, follow Daniel’s advice on splitting it up to make it easier…

You will never guess my riddles… By Faye

1. How do you spell “hungry horse” with only four letters?

2. What’s black, white and red all over?

3.If you mutiply all the numbers on a phone, what would you get?

4.I’m sometimes full but I never overflow, What am I?

5.I’m the start of nothing and the end of sun and i’m also in the number one, What am I?

6. I am a three digit number, my second digit is four times more than my third digit my first digit is severn less than my second digit, what number am I?

7. I have an eye, but can not see out of it i love the ocean, but never swim in it. My back is white and belly is grey. I sometimes arrive but never stay.


Answer them as soon as possible I will let you know on the 13th of  february (ASTON’S Birthday. Good Luck…

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Riddles 3 medium to hard

1. Continue the pattern, what’s the next five letters in the sequence?


2. What’s closed when its open and open when its closed?

3. Take away the whole and some still remains. What is it?

4. What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

5. Mom and dad have five daughters, and each daughter has a brother, how many people are there in the familily?

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