It really gives me the drive to carry on

It really gives me the drive to carry on

Sonia loves mathematics and solving puzzles. As a young child she used to wake up in the middle of the just to try to solve at least one puzzle. She is proud of her heritage, having lived in Moscow, Russia until she was 7 and moving to London thereafter. She believes it would be beneficial for future generations if more people were involved in mathematical activities such as chess, puzzles or problem solving tasks.

This film was made by young people attending supplementary schools across London. These community-run organisations teach children about their cultural heritage and can be grouped by language, ethnicity or faith.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

I was born in Moscow

I lived in Moscow for 7 years

The other half of my life I’ve lived in London

There are loads of cultures

People from different backgrounds

I was always very passionate about Maths and problem solving

There’s no other way to describe it

A world grand master

He is really my inspiration

It really gives me the drive to carry on

To progress in my mathematical career

A lot of the time I have a mathematical way of explaining it

My friends make fun of it

On the way to school

My friends and family are really supportive

Do Rubik’s  cubes

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That’s what jump started my Rubik’s  cube obsession

I don’t think that a lot of kids nowadays like maths

I’ve known that from personal experience

Any sort of problem solving

That would be great for the future generations








Mamma Mia !

Mamma Mia !

Time Out

As the world goes mad for Abba once more, Time Out went behind the scenes at one of London’s most popular musicals: Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre.

We found out what it takes to be a leading lady, and how the crew store some of the most glittery and fabulous costumes. Ricky Butt, who plays dynamo Rosie, guided us around the set and her dressing room.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

I play Rosie
The audience
They’ll shout from the audience
The most fun costumes
This is another of my costumes
And even so, it is freshly laundered and steamed
Isn’t it magnificent?
The hats are absolutely fantastic
This is a very famous prop
Loose change
The dressing table
The stage
Thanks for watching
You must come and see the show


Make other people happy

Make other people happy

[great big story]

Some of the best roses in the world bloom in Kenya. While the country is widely known for its scenic national parks and wildlife reserves, it’s also a major flower producer. Winnie Gathonie Njonge is the production manager at Nini Flowers, which sits on the shores of Lake Naivasha. She knows all there is about growing perfect roses and oversees the harvesting of 300,000 to 450,000 a day. “The ultimate goal of growing roses is to make other people happy,” she says. It brings her joy to know the roses she cultivates are sent to the United States, Japan and other countries, spreading love and beauty all over the world. This Great Big Story was made possible by  Kenya Tourism

Vocabulary in chunks

  • Make other people happy
  • I’m responsible for 630,000 roses
  • The climate and fresh water supplier
  • The growers here work extra hard
  • The roses that end up in bouquets
  • We harvest between 300,000 in a day to 450,000
  • Various colours
  • Kenya is a centre for these flower
  • Rose production has flourished in the region
  • Over the last few decades
  • These roses are shipped off to Europe, Japan and the US
  • Many other worldwide destinations
  • She heads back to work
  • To create more beautiful bouquets