Adventure at Haydon Point

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– Background information about this story – Information on staying safe at sea – Glossary of difficult words – Comprehension and grammar activities including A2 Key style exercises and 21st century skills activities – Final test

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Adventure at Haydon Point

One summer, city boy Sam stays with his uncle in the country. It’s all so different from London! There’s a river and boats, and a new friend, but there’s a strange light at night and two men in black. Why are they watching Sam’s uncle? And who are ‘the Americans’?


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Adventure at Haydon Point is the story of Sam, a city boy, who goes to stay with his uncle during the summer.


At first, everything is strange for Sam, then he learns to sail and makes a new friend, Rachel.


Rachel and Sam go to Haydon Island and here their adventure starts.


The book also has a lot of interesting and useful information about safety at sea.


A fast-moving story that keeps the reader interested right to the end. 1

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In this reader: 21st Century Skills

To encourage students to connect the story to the world they live in.


A2 level activities.

Story Notes

A brief summary of the text.


Explanation of difficult words.

Picture Caption

A brief explanation of the picture.


These icons indicate the parts of the story that are recorded.


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To encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills.

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Adventure at Haydon Point Retold by

Sarah Gudgeon Illustrated by

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Before you read


Chapter 1




Chapter 2




Chapter 3




Chapter 4




Chapter 5




Focus on... The Lighthouse


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Test Yourself

63 Syllabus

The City Boy A Strange Visitor Smugglers ‘We’ve got to stop them!’ A Brilliant Plan

Keeping Safe at Sea

Main Characters Rachel

She’s the same age as Sam and becomes his friend. She loves sailing and having adventures.


He’s 15 years old and lives in a big city. He’s a quiet boy and doesn’t usually talk much.




He’s Sam’s uncle and is about 40 years old. He’s a happy person who doesn’t usually get angry. He once worked for an American computer company.

He’s an old university friend of Rachel’s father. He comes to stay with them but there’s something strange about him and he isn’t friendly at all.

Tom and Lisa

They are Rachel’s parents and they work on Haydon Island as rangers, looking after the special birds and plants there.


Before you read

Reading A2 KEY 1 Complete the text about the story with one word in each


in a city, but when school finishes, (1) _________ Sam lives __ goes to spend the summer (2) ______________ his Uncle Andy in the countryside. Everything is strange at first, also because Sam (3) ______________ know his uncle very well. However, Andy is (4) ______________ friendly and teaches Sam (5) _________ to go on a boat on the river, so Sam starts (6) ________ enjoy his holiday.

Writing 2 Write about someone in your family. Describe him/her, say

what he/she likes doing, and if he/she is often happy, sad, or angry.

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________


Speaking and Writing 3 Talk to a partner about what’s good and bad about living in

the country or in the city and write your answers.


1 Do you live in the country or in a city? Century Skills 2 What do / don’t you like about where you live? 3 Which do you think is more dangerous, the country or a big city? Why? 4 Which is better for children, the country or the city? Why? 5 Which is better for young adults, the country or the city? Why? 6 Where would you like to live when you’re older?

Writing 4 Complete these sentences using the words in the box.

Here is an example to help you. What do you think will happen in Chapter 1? boat people

careful dark quiet sailing

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lights station

cars trains

lights cars In the city there are always ___________ , ___________ people and ___________ . 1 In the country it’s ___________ and ___________ . 2 You get off ___________ at a ___________ . 3 On the river, you can go ___________ in a ___________ . 4 You have to be ___________ on the water, and you should look where you’re ___________ . 5 If you have a problem on the river, perhaps someone will come and ___________ you.


Chapter 1

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Sam gets off the train at Melton Station in the countryside. At first he’s really worried, then he sees the stars and thinks how beautiful the sky is.

Sam looked at his watch – he was almost there! Out of the train window he could see a bright moon. There were trees and a river with boats sitting on the water. He began to get worried What if this wasn’t the right station? What if his uncle wasn’t there to pick him up? The train started to go slower. ‘We’re now arriving at Melton Station,’ the train driver said. Phew! This was the right place. He picked up his bags, got off the train and watched it leave. Sam lived in London where there was always noise, lights and people. Here in the countryside it was quiet, dark and, for the first time, he was completely alone. Sam took a deep breath1. ‘Don’t be such a baby!’ he said to himself. ‘There’s nothing to worry about.’ As he waited, he saw that it wasn’t as quiet or as dark as he thought. There were birds calling on the river. When he looked up, he saw thousands and thousands of stars. It was a beautiful sky! 1

take a deep breath let a lot of air in through your mouth or nose. We do this when we’re trying not to feel afraid 10


Sam is looking up at the beautiful starry sky when his uncle arrives.


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Andy is Sam’s uncle but Sam doesn’t know him very well. He lives in Ronesford near a river and the sea. Sam’s dad thinks he’ll have fun there. Sam falls asleep in the car and when he wakes up he’s in bed and it’s morning.

School was over for the summer. Sam’s mum and dad were working, his brother had a job in a hotel, and his sister was in France, looking after some children. ‘Why don’t you go and stay with my brother Andy in Ronesford?’ Dad said to Sam at the beginning of the holidays. ‘He lives near a river, and the sea isn’t far away. It’ll be fun.’ Andy went to work for a computer company the USA when Sam was six, but he was back the UK now. Sam didn’t really remember him. A car stopped in front of the station and a tall man got out. ‘Hello, Sam!’ said the big man, with an even bigger smile on his face. ‘I’m your Uncle Andy.’ He took Sam’s hand. ‘It’s good to see you!’ Sam sat in the car feeling tired and small next to his uncle. They drove past houses, then through a forest. Andy asked about Sam’s family. ‘They’re fine,’ Sam said. ‘They send their love. Dad said he’ll come and see us in a week.’ Then he closed his eyes. When Sam woke up, it was light and he was lying in bed. There were noises downstairs.


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He got out of bed and almost hit his head on the ceiling. The house was small and very old. How could his uncle live here? Sam found the kitchen, and two black and white dogs came to say hello. ‘That’s Rosie and that’s Spike. They like you!’ Andy said, carrying a big plate of eggs, beans and bread to the table. ‘Eat this up, young man. We’re going down to the river after this. I’ve got a surprise for you!’ After breakfast, Sam followed Andy down to the water. There were lots of boats on the river – some for fishing, but most were sailing boats1. ‘Here we are!’ Andy said, ‘This is for you!’ Sam gave his biggest smile. There, in front of him, was a little sailing boat. ‘I’m going to teach you how to sail!’ said Andy, ‘Come on!’ They got the boat ready and were soon out on the river. Sam looked at his uncle. ‘This is great,’ he said. ‘No! This is better than great!’ Andy taught Sam how to sail the boat, and at the end of the afternoon he had another surprise for Sam.


sailing boat


Andy has a great surprise for Sam a sailing boat and he teaches him how to sail. Sam loves it!

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Sam sails without the help of his uncle but then he goes into water that isn’t deep enough and a girl has to help him with a rope to move his boat again.

‘Right! I think you’re ready to go out without me,’ he said. Sam wasn’t so sure he could sail the boat alone, but he went anyway! He sailed across to the other side of the river and then back again, going up the river. He was so happy – the boat was sailing beautifully, until it stopped so quickly that Sam almost fell into the water. ‘Oh, no!’ he said. ‘I can’t move!’ Sam didn’t understand what was happening. He tried to turn the boat, but it wouldn’t move. ‘Take this!’ someone shouted. There was a sailing boat behind him with a girl in it. She stood up and threw him a rope1. ‘Use this rope and I’ll pull your boat free.’ Sam took the rope, the girl turned her boat to catch the wind and soon he was moving again. ‘You should look where you’re going! The water isn’t deep enough there,’ shouted the girl, ‘didn’t you see?’ ‘Sorry,’ said Sam. He threw the rope back to her and she left. He was more careful after that. Perhaps sailing wasn’t so easy!


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The girl is throwing Sam a rope so she can help him move his boat again.


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The girl isn’t very friendly and Sam feels bad about the mistake he made on the boat. Then he feels happy again at the thought of chicken pie for dinner.

He went back to his uncle feeling unhappy at his mistake, but Andy said not to worry. They cleaned the boat and put it away in a building full of boats and engines. When they came out, the girl walked over to them. She looked angry. ‘You shouldn’t be on the water if you don’t know how to sail!’ she said. ‘Hello, Rachel,’ Andy said. ‘This is Sam, from London.’ ‘He’s from London?’ said Rachel, ‘Those city kids don’t know anything!’ She walked away. Andy looked at Sam and laughed – his face was bright red. ‘Don’t worry about her,’ Andy said, ‘this is her home. She just doesn’t like visitors much.’ They went back to feed1 the dogs and make some dinner. ‘Can you get these potatoes ready, Sam?’ Andy asked, ‘I’m making a chicken pie2.’ Sam still felt bad about the girl, but when he heard the words ‘chicken pie’, he started to feel better. While Sam washed the potatoes, he told Andy all about his life in London, his friends, the music he liked; then he stopped. He didn’t usually talk 1

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that much. His brother and sister always had a lot to say, so no one really listened to him at home. His uncle smiled at him again. ‘Dinner’s ready,’ he said. The pie was the best! After dinner, Andy showed Sam a map. ‘Here’s the village, the river, and that,’ he said, laughing, ‘is Haydon Island, where Rachel saved you! It’s only two kilometres wide and on the other side is the sea. No one goes on the island except the rangers.’ ‘The rangers?’ asked Sam. ‘Lisa and Tom,’ answered Andy. ‘There are some special birds and plants on the island and the rangers look after them.’ ‘Oh, I see,’ said Sam. ‘Can we go there?’ ‘Only with Lisa or Tom – we have to keep the birds and plants safe.’ Later, Sam lay in bed thinking about his day. It was all so different from London. The strangest thing was the light that came into his room. It travelled across his ceiling and then it went away, leaving his room dark. After a few seconds it was back, then it disappeared1, again and again.

Andy finds it easy to talk to his uncle. At home nobody usually listens to him.

Andy shows Sam Haydon Island on the map. You can only go there with the rangers. In bed that night, Sam sees a strange light that comes and then disappears again many times in his room.

Think 1

disappear if something disappears, you can’t see it anymore


What do you think the light is?

After-reading Activities • Chapter 1

Reading A2 KEY 1 Choose the correct answer (A, B or C) for each question about

Chapter 1.

How did Sam feel when he was on the train? 1 Who came to pick him up from the station? 2 What was the house in the country like? 3 What did Andy give Sam for breakfast ? 4 Who saved Sam on the river? 5 What happened in Sam’s room? A worried 1 A his dad 2 A big and modern 3 A cereal and eggs 4 A Rachel 5 A He saw a strange light that came and went.

B rescue B his brother B small and very old B sausages and eggs B Andy B He heard a strange noise.

C bored C his uncle C small and modern C beans and eggs C a ranger C He saw someone at his window.

Reading and Writing 2 In Chapter 1, Sam learns to sail a boat on the river. Discuss these

questions with a partner and write your answers.

1 Would you like to live near a river? Why? / Why not? 2 Would you like to learn to sail? Why? / Why not? 3 What sports do you usually do? 4 How do you spend your free time when you’re at home? 5 What do you usually do in your summer holidays?


21st Century Skills

Grammar 3 Put these irregular verbs into the past tense.

thought It wasn’t as dark as he ___________ (think). 1 They got in the car and _________ (drive) through a forest. 2 How ___________ (can) his uncle live here? 3 Andy _____________ (teach) Sam how to sail. 4 Sam almost _____________ (fall) out of the boat. 5 She _____________ (stand) up and _____________ . (throw) him the rope. 6 They cleaned the boat and _____________ (put) it away. 7 Sam _____________ (lie) in bed thinking about his day.

Before-reading Activity 4 Complete the sentences to fill in the crossword. Can you guess what happens in Chapter 2? 1 If you have rope round 1 your legs you can’t … 2 2 When you have a 3 A W problem you feel … 3 If you have a question, you want to find the … R 5 4 If you have to be 6 home for dinner K 7 E soon, you can’t 8 F stay … 5 When you make someone sad you say … 6 When you want to open a door, you use a … 7 If you don’t have sails on your boat you can use an … 8 When you like someone he / she is your …


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The Lighthouse The lighthouse in this story is a real place. It’s called Orfordness Lighthouse, and it’s on the east coast of the UK in the county of Suffolk. It was built in 1792 and is 30 metres tall. The lighthouse doesn’t work now, but you could see its light for 37 km!

Trinity House

Trinity House is the company that looks after the lighthouses around the dangerous coasts of the UK. The sea between the UK and France is called the English Channel, and it’s one of the busiest places for ships in the world! Lighthouses help keep boats and ships safe. They’re still important even with today’s modern computers.

Trinitas in Unitate

Trinity House is over 500 years old! It has a special sign on all its lighthouses which shows four sailing ships. This is the sign that Rachel and Sam saw above their lighthouse door. The Latin words Trinitas in Unitate mean ‘three in one’.


Eddystone Lighthouse One of the most amazing lighthouses in England is the Eddystone Lighthouse. It is 14 km south of the southern British county of Devon. This lighthouse was difficult to build because it’s on a very small island. This lighthouse is in the famous story Moby Dick!

Grace Darling

Portrait of Grace

Lighthouse Holidays

Grace was a young girl who lived with her family in a lighthouse in the north of England. One night in 1838, she looked out of a window in the lighthouse and saw a ship that was going down. It was windy and the sea was dangerous, but she and her father went out in a little boat to save the people on the ship. After this, Grace was famous and Queen Victoria sent her £50! That was a lot of money in those days.

Trevose Head lighthouse, Cornwall

No one lives in the UK’s lighthouses now because they work with computers and not people. If you love lighthouses, you can stay in the old lighthouse families’ houses.


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Keeping Safe at Sea RNLI

When there’s an accident or danger at sea, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Association) are the people to call. These fantastic men and women save hundreds of people every year. They have special boats, called lifeboats, with modern computers. They’re very fast and can go out even if the sea is very bad.

The Crew

The people who work on a ship or a boat are called the crew. On an RNLI lifeboat there are usually 6 or 7 crew. Most of these people aren’t paid – they are volunteers. They have to be ready to go to sea, even if it’s 3 a.m. on a bad night in January!


The Coastguard also help people when there are accidents at sea and in rivers. You can find them at 350 places around the sea and rivers of the UK. They have helicopters, planes and boats with big engines. They also help to stop smugglers!


If a ship or a person is in terrible danger in the UK, you can call 999 or 112, and ask for the Coastguard.


1 Look at these questions, then talk about them with a friend.

1 Would you like to work on a lifeboat? Why / Why not? 2 Do you like being at sea or do you prefer being off the water? 3 Do you like water sports, such as swimming or sailing?

2 True or False?

1 Lighthouses and computers help keep ships safe today. 2 People still live and work in lighthouses. 3 The RNLI uses special lifeboats. 4 The people travelling on a boat are called the crew. 5 The RNLI uses helicopters to find people at sea. 6 The RNLI has men and women on its boats.


Smuggling was a big problem 200 years ago, and it’s still a problem today. You may think that smuggling is a big adventure, but as Sam’s Uncle Andy says, smugglers can be dangerous.

Margaret Catchpole

Margaret was a real person who lived from 1762 to 1819. She was born in Suffolk where this adventure story happens. She worked with smugglers in this part of the UK for many years. Then she stole a horse and the police caught her. She ran away, but the police caught her again. She was sent to live in Australia for seven years. When she was living there, Margaret worked as a nurse, and wrote a lot of interesting letters which tell us about Australia at that time.



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Test Yourself Can you answer these questions? 1 When Sam arrived at Melton Station, he saw thousands and thousands of A ■ boats. B ■ birds. C ■ stars. 2 What did Sam see moving across his bedroom ceiling? A ■ A stranger B ■ Light from the lighthouse C ■ A mobile phone 3 What was the problem with the bird that Rachel and Sam found? A ■ It had rope round its legs and it couldn’t walk. B ■ It was caught by a fishing boat. C ■ It couldn’t eat because its beak was hurt. 4 Who was William Laud? A ■ A famous policeman B ■ A famous actor C ■ A dangerous smuggler 5 Where did Andy go to after Sam told him about Michael? A ■ Haydon Island lighthouse. B ■ Melton Station. C ■ A café in Melton. 6 How many boats were out at sea on the last night of the adventure? A ■ Three B ■ Five C ■ Four


Syllabus Vocabulary Nature; the country; sailing and boats; the sea Grammar Adjectives Colour, size, shape, quality, nationality Demonstrative adjectives: this, that, these, those Comparative and superlative forms (irregular) Adverbs Manner: quickly, carefully Frequency: often, never Indefinite time: already, just Direction: north; south; east; west Prepositions Location: to, on, inside, next to, at (home). Direction: to, into, out of, from. Prepositional phrases: at the top of, in front of Verb tenses Present simple; past simple; Past continuous; present perfect; Present continuous for future; Future with going to Modal verbs Can: ability, requests, permission Could: ability, polite requests Would: polite requests Will: future reference, offers, promises, predictions Should: advice Have to: external obligation




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