I hope you all enjoyed exploring Clerkenwell last week. The history you all researched was amazing so thank you for your hard work!
I really enjoyed spending the day with you and hope to see you all again soon.
A slum (noun): An of a city where living conditions are extremely bad, and where the buildings are dirty and have not been repaired in a long time. E.g. We walked past a playground that had been a slum before the second world war.
Brand (adjective): Completely new. E.g. A brand new building. E.g. Do you like my new shoes? They’re brand new!
To find your feet (verb): To become confident and independent in a new situation. E.g. We talked about arriving in a new city and how long it can take to ‘find your feet’.
A playground (noun): An area of land where children can play. When it is within a school, we usually specify and say ‘the school playground.’
A daffodil (noun): A tall yellow flower that grows in the spring.
A tramp (noun): A person who has no home or job and who moves from place to place.
Homeless (adjective): Having no home.
The homeless (noun) (pl): People who have no home.
A rough sleeper (noun) A homeless person
To sleep rough (verb): To be a homeless person.
A down and out (noun): Someone who is homeless or has rejected standard living.
A note (noun) (or banknote): A piece of paper money
A coin (noun): A piece of money made of metal
Cash (noun): Money in the form of coins or notes (not bank cards, cheques etc). E.g. Would you prefer me to pay you in cash or by credit card?
Change (noun): The money that you get back if you pay more than the amount something costs. E.g. Have you got change for a £1-00 please?
Readies (noun) (informal/slang): money
Dosh (noun) (informal/slang): money
A gimmick (noun): An idea for attracting customers or persuading people to buy something. E.g. We talked about the restaurant where you have to eat in the dark and wondered if it was a gimmick. E.g. Often new magazines use free gifts to get people to buy them.
Pitch-black (adjective): Completely dark, with no light at all.
A steeple (noun): A tower on the roof of a church.
A vent (noun): an opening in the wall of a room or machine which allows air to come in – and smoke, steam or smells to go out. E.g. We was the black vents in the outside wall of the building that used to be printing works.
To ventilate (verb): To allow air to move freely in and out of a room or building.
Stained glass (noun): Pieces of coloured glass that are used in church windows. E.g. A stained-glass window (and we saw some beautiful ones in that crypt!
A convent (noun): A place where nuns (religious women) live together in a community.
A nunnery (noun): The same as a convent.
Different ways to describe the movement of a river:
A bend (noun): A bend in the river
To wind (verb): The river winds its way …
To meander (verb): The river meanders through the field.