23 A Trip to the Seaside

16 A Trip to the Seaside

The children from the local nursery school were going on a trip to the seaside. They were all very excited as they waited for the bus which would take them there. The teachers lined the children up outside the school playground, and, soon, the bus arrived. On the bus, the children got more and more excited, and the teachers found it difficult to quieten them down. The teacher in charge of the food was worried that there might not be enough, since more children had come on the trip than were supposed to. “We’ll just have to eke it out,” said one of the other teachers. “Some of them will tuck into the food, but quite a few will be too excited to eat.” When they got to the beach, the children ran to play in the sea and sand immediately. One of the little girls was crying. It was one of the twins and few of the teachers could tell the sisters apart. It was, in fact,
Sonia, and she was crying because she had sand in her eyes. One of the teachers wiped the sand off her face and tied back her hair with a ribbon. Sonia felt much better. Then Sonia’s sister, Helen, began to weep because a wasp had landed on her sandwich. Fortunately, she had not been stung. “I’m not sure that I can summon up the strength to go back on the bus with them,” said the head teacher.

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16 A Trip to the Seaside

The children from the local nursery school were going on a trip to the seaside. They were all very excited as they waited for the bus which would take them there. The teachers …..    the children ..   outside the school playground, and, soon, the bus arrived. On the bus, the children got more and more excited, and the teachers found it difficult to …….    them ….  . The teacher in charge of the food was worried that there might not be enough, since more children had come on the trip than were supposed to. “We’ll just have to …    it …  ,” said one of the other teachers. “Some of them will ….    ….   the food, but quite a few will be too excited to eat.” When they …    ..   the beach, the children ran to play in the sea and sand immediately. One of the little girls was crying. It was one of the twins and few of the teachers could ….   the sisters …..   . It was, in fact,
Sonia, and she was crying because she had sand in her eyes. One of the teachers …..     the sand …    her face and ….     ….    her hair with a ribbon. Sonia felt much better. Then Sonia’s sister, Helen, began to weep because a wasp had ……    ..   her sandwich. Fortunately, she had not been stung. “I’m not sure that I can ……       ..   the strength to go back on the bus with them,” said the head teacher.

 

Conversation Questions

 

In which situations do people have to line up?

What kind of things can help children quieten down after an exciting activity?

What kind of things did someone you know have to eke out during financial difficulties?

What kind of food do you love to tuck into?

What is the best way to get to the bus station?

Are you good at telling a pair of twins apart?

What did you teacher use to wipe off what was written on the board?

Do you like the look of hair tied back compared to being loose?

What can we do to make a butterfly land on us?

During a normal working week, when exactly do you start having issues with summoning up the strength to go on?

 

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