Year 7 French Trip 2015

02 Oct 2015

Day One

Crossing the Bay of Mont St Michel.

After a quite tiring 8km walk through the salt marshes and sand/mud we arrived at the magnificent Mont St Michel where we hugely enjoyed learning about the history of this site as well as eating our picnics! After a little bit of free time (and shopping!) we returned to La Grand’Ferme for some work on our journal and we are looking forward to some games after dinner.

The children are slowly getting used to everything being in French and are gaining in confidence. A super first day!

Day Two

Tuesday was wonderful - an action packed day based around La Grand’Ferme. The children split into three groups and undertook a rotation of activities incorporating Cycling, Circus skills, Initiative Exercises and Bread Making. After a pause for a five course lunch (!) we continued the activities until 5pm when we took advantage of the good weather in the swimming pool.

Dinner was a delicious barbecue followed by an energetic treasure hunt (again en français!) Tomorrow looks like being another fun filled day so it’s off to bed for everyone. Another fantastique day at La Grand’Ferme!

It is really good to see the children are all growing in confidence and (as they have to!) more readily  starting to recognise instructions and key words.

 Day Three

Today we visited a market that provided wide ranging communication opportunities.  Initially, the children were given 30 minutes to complete a questionnaire which involved asking questions to stallholders (and teachers!). After that, each group was given 20 euros with which to go shopping for sandwich fillings and pudding. Some were more adventurous than others but it was lovely to see the enthusiasm that the children had – and the interesting ingredients that they came up with!

After the market, we headed off to a goat farm where we ate our picnic before Monsieur Martin gave us a very interactive tour of his farm. He was very good with the children and they were able to follow most of what he was saying. The highlight was Sacha milking a goat (which he then got to drink!) and of course, tasting the delicious cheeses. I think some parents have a lovely if slightly smelly surprise waiting for them on Saturday!

The day was completed with a trip to a nearby Creperie which was delicious. Full and happy, it’s time for bed. Two more days to go now, but a lot still planned!

Day Four

Apologies for the lack of photos today – it was a day of history and museums and presented little opportunity to take any pictures.

We set off to Bayeux and were lucky enough to go straight in to see the Tapestry. The audio guide provides an informative and accessible description of the Tapestry and Mr Lightbown will be proud to hear how much the children remembered about the Battle of Hastings. After that we got back on the bus and headed off to Arromanches where we went to see a short film about the Normandy Landings in the amazing 360 cinema. All of the children were very moved by this and it provided the context for our third visit of the day – the American Cemetery. The children were given a little bit of time to take in the enormity of the place and they all behaved impeccably, of which I was very proud.

The children have been a delight to have on this trip – as I write this, they are out in the sunshine, writing in their journals, the smell of roast pork wafting in from the kitchen. Shortly after supper we will be going across to watch a film (in French of course - but with English subtitles!) I have pointed out that tomorrow is our last day and the general consensus is that they’d like to stay longer! I had to point out that maybe the staff were needed at Witham!

Day Five

We awoke on this, our last day at la Grand’Ferme to more sunshine and a cloudless sky. After le petit déjeuner, we boarded our bus and set off to a Lake for the day’s activities. Splitting into two groups, Mrs Brewster and Miss Playford braved the cold and accompanied the first group out on the water for some fun in canoes! Mrs Chapman and Mr Wills went with group two for a walk through some woods and then watched as the children did some throwing and catching before having a lesson in juggling. We ate our picnic in the sun and then the groups swapped over.

On returning to base there was still some time to play ‘Poules, Renards et Vipères’ which is a form of three way tag. Hopefully it has tired them out as we have an early start tomorrow. Tonight is our French Fancy Dress, and final supper complete with snails, followed by a Quiz. It has been a wonderful week and I think the children have really enjoyed it. They are of course, looking forward to seeing their families.