Just before half term our Year 6 children had a wonderful week in France, staying at Chateau de la Baudonniere in Normandy.
During their week away, pupils took part in a great range of outdoor activities. They built rafts, took on the challenges of Aeroball, explored the beautiful grounds whilst orienteering and beat Mr Meaden to the bullseye in the archery session.
On day two, Year 6 tackled an extremely muddy assault course. If it wasn’t for the smell, teachers could have mistaken them for enjoying a mud bath at the local spa! The children took part with a session of ‘fabrication du pain’ (bread making) and spent the evening charging around the grounds in teams, testing their French language skills in la Grande Trouvaille (big treasure hunt).
Day three started with a very competitive game of Aéroballe (Aeroball), which was an absolute favourite for everyone. In the afternoon everyone took to the wall for escalade (climbing). It was impressive to see so much encouragement and teamwork amongst the children. The evening brought another highlight of the week – la soirée Française – dressing up in French themed costumes and most importantly the chance to taste la escargot (snails).
Another highlight of the week was the day trip to Brittany, stopping first at a local market in Dinan to spend a few euros. The children explored the many stalls full of delicious foods and jewellery. After lunch on the beach the children had time to explore Saint Malo’s fortified walls, taking in the beautiful sea views and learning the history behind it.
The end of the week was filled with more team activities and a talent show. The children had an amazing time. They all behaved wonderfully, enjoyed their activities and learnt a lot of French along the way.