UK: A Typical Day                                                           

English children start school at age 4.  They study reading, arithmetic, writing, and other subjects in the lower grades.  About age 11, they start secondary school where they also study science and a foreign language.



After school, they might play cricket or rugby. Another popular sport is football which, in American English, is called soccer.




Check out what the English eat and how it has changed from 1961-2011 by finding the "pie" chart for the United Kingdom  on the right side!

At home in the evening, English children often eat a meal that might consist of a meat dish, a vegetable, and a dessert.  This meat dish will usually consist of chicken, pork, or lamb. Some typical dishes are: shepherd’s pie (lamb with herbs, onions and mashed potatoes on top), bubble and squeak (corned beef, ham or bacon with cabbage and mashed potatoes that are friend until crisp) and bangers and mash (sausages with mashed potatoes).

After dinner, most English children will study before going to bed.

UK: Afternoon Tea                                                          

  • The Duchess of Bedford started the custom of afternoon tea in the 1840’s.
  • Afternoon tea gradually became accompanied by small snacks such as homemade cakes, scones, biscuits, sandwiches, toasted muffins or crumpets.
  • Try the scones with clotted cream with the tea.
  • The British drink about one third of the world’s total tea exports. This averages about five cups of tea per person per day!
  • High tea is high not because it is high class or posh but because it is eaten with finger sandwiches served on a tiered platter.