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School Life of a 13 year old British Boy

My school is a mixed 11-18 school. There about 1,150


students in my school, including 200 in the sixth form. It is
called a Technology College and specialises in Computers and Maths. My school has
over 1200 computers (including over 400 tablet PC's). Some subjects are compulsory
like Maths, English, Science and a foreign language.
My name is Benjamin but everyone calls me Ben. I am in Year 9 and at the end of Key
Stage 3.
My School Day
I leave home at 6:45 and I make for the bus stop. The bus is a special one just for
kids going to my school. The journey on the bus takes an hour because it has to keep
stopping to pick up other students along the way.
When I arrive at school, I collect my Tablet PC from the Flexi (Flexible Learning
Centre). Then I go to my Tutor Room for Registration at 8:30.
At about 8:50 the bell goes off and we leave Tutor Room to go to our First Period.
Every day I have a different Lesson the first period. Normally it is Humanities but I
also have Maths, Drama and Music, and French on the other days. Each period lasts an
hour. We use books, the tablets or sometimes we write down information depending
on the subject and the teacher. During break, I have a snack and play and chat with
my friends. Usually we play 'IT' a chasing game. Snow ball fight when it snows is dead
fun.
All my lessons are in different rooms and places around the school. Each Room either
has a three digit number or a name. The numbers are very hard to remember! I have
different teachers for each lesson. I have a locker where I can store some of my
stuff but otherwise I have to carry it all around with me in my bags.
Usually we bring a packed lunch to school but anyone can have school dinners in the
School Canteen.
End of classes is at 3.10 pm but tutoring classes carry on in the afternoon to help
weaker students.

Warm-up activity as a group on the board


Bens school

My school

ARRIVAL TIME

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

BREAKTIME GAMES

..

ROOM IDENTIFICATION

NUMBER OF TEACHERS

..

END OF CLASSES

..

Comprehension activities
A) Correct the false ones True /false.

Ben attends a Technology college


The bus takes a few minutes to arrive at school
The bell goes off at 8:40
Lessons are sometimes in the same room.
Ben shares the locker with other students.

B) Read and find the matching phrasal verbs


The bell rings.

I go to the bus stop

We take notes

Classes continue in the afternoon.

c) Read and answer


1- How many students attend Bens school?
2- Which subjects are compulsory?
3- How long do the periods last?
4- What do Ben and his friends do at break time?
5- How are rooms identified?
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Key Stage 3 (commonly abbreviated as KS3) is the legal term for the three years of schooling
in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9,
when pupils are aged between 11 and 14. In Northern Ireland the term also refers to the first
three years of secondary education, although these are known as Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10.
Maintained schools State schools - also known as public schools outside of England and
Wales - generally refer to primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children
without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation. The term may also refer to public
institutions of post-secondary education.