The British Isles

The British Isles includes Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney Sark and several others).

Britain was called Great Britain to distinguish it from the similarly named landmass of Brittany in the north west of France (Bretagne).

Worthing shoreline and pierTogether, Great Britain and Northern Ireland form the United Kingdom of today.  The south of Ireland is a separate country, the republic of Eire.

Attached for you to read is an excerpt from an e-book about the British Isles: a free chapter about England.  Although one or two points are a little out of date (footballers etc.), it makes interesting reading or good practise.  There are also some questions at the end for you to check your understanding of the text (page 9, Comprehension check –
“Complete this fact file about England. Write a word or words in each
space” etc.


Click: BritishIsles_England

NOTE: Error on page 2 – “Roast diner is the traditional English Sunday lunch of roast meat … “.
A diner is a person who eats in a café (cafeteria), restaurant or canteen.
Our biggest meal of the day is dinner.

Dinner table
A table set for Christmas dinner

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