ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY HOUSES!
Hi, I’m Kevin. This is my house. It’s very unusual. It’s an old lighthouse and it’s on an island in the English Channel. It’s over 200 years old and it’s very big. The lighthouse has got two parts: the base and the tower. Our house is in the base and it’s got two floors. Downstairs there’s a kitchen, a living room and a dining room and upstairs there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There isn’t a garage, because there aren’t any cars on the island!
The tower is 30 metres tall. At the top there is a special room with a big light. It’s my favourite room.
Hi, I’m Amy. This is my flat. It’s an old primary school in a village in the south of England. The roomare old classrooms and they’ve got names on the doors. My bedroom is in class 4B. It’s very big and bright and it’s got four windows. It’s my favourite room! In my room the bed, the wardrobe and the bookcase are new, but I’ve got an old desk and a chair from the school. There are some old photos of the school in the dining room.s
Hello, my name’s Harry. My house is a boat! It’s on
the Grand Union Canal, in Little Venice, in London. Our houseboat isn’t very big but we’ve got everything. In the livingroom, that is my favourite room, there’s a plasma tv, a DVD player and a laptop. The kichen is very small but there is everything: a cooker, a fridge, a microwave and even a small dishwasher. We haven’t got a garden, but we’ve got a table, chairs and flowers outside.
(taken from High Spirits 1)
Is this a house in a film? No, it isn’t. It’s a real house in Wales. It isn’t old, it’s a modern underground house. This house is round. Downstairs, there is a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. There isn’t a lot of furniture in the house but it’s very comfortable. There’s a balcony and it’s got a big garden.
This house is really cool! It’s near the sea in Wales so it’s great for holidays. It’s underground, but there are lots of windows in the centre of the house. Inside there is one big room: the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedrooms are in this big room and they are different colours. The furniture is modern and the house is very comfortable.
(taken from Game on 1)
TWO SPECIAL HOMES
The American President lives in the White House in Washington. The White House is very big. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and three kitchens. The President’s office is called the “Oval Office” because it’s oval. Some rooms have the name of colours: the “Red room”, the “Blue room”, the “Green room” etc. The White House also has tennis courts, a cinema and a bowling lane.
Queen Elizabeth II of England lives in Buckingham Palace in London. Her home has 775 rooms. These include 19 elegant rooms for special occasions, 240 bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. There are 300 clocks in the palace. There is also a post office, a police station, a doctor’s surgery, a helicopter landing area, a cinema and a swimming pool. In July you can go inside Buckingham Palace and see some of the rooms. People say that there is a secret London underground station under Buckingham Palace, so the Queen and her family can escape in an emergency!
(taken from Holiday Break 1)
Complete the chart:
|Name of the children||Type of house||Place||Favourite room|
True or false? Correct the false ones
- Many people in England live in lighthouses
- Kevin’s house is in the tower of a lighthouse
- Kevin’s house has got two floors
- Amy’s family lives in the primary school attended by Amy
- Amy’s got an old desk and a chair from her school
- Harry lives in Italy
- The houseboat is small
- Eco houses are old
- The first eco house has got lots of furniture
- The eco house is comfortable
Answer the questions:
Where does the American President live?
How many rooms are there?
Why is the President’s office called the “Oval Office”?
Can the American President play bowling?
What is Buckingham Palace?
How many clocks are there in the palace?
What is there in the palace?