Year 7 Cross-curricular Trip to France
Last Tuesday Year 7 crossed the Channel to spend an action packed four days in Northern France. We stayed near the Opal Coast in a hotel near the small French town of Desvres. The boys were accompanied by Ms Jefferies, Mr Fairclough, Mr Bailey, Pascale our French Assistant, and myself for a truly cross-curricular experience!
We did a tour of a local Chocolaterie on Tuesday afternoon and saw how chocolate was made, as well as tasting some too! Wednesday was our history day led by Mr Fairclough. We visited the site of the medieval battle of Azincourt in the morning and ‘La Coupole’ in the afternoon. ‘La Coupole’ is a museum based on the site where the Germans developed and tried to launch their V1 and V2 rockets towards Great Britain during WW2. It was an extremely fascinating and moving visit and brought to life the history topic the boys covered last year in Year 6.
On Thursday we visited the Aquarium Nausicaa in Boulogne-sur-Mer. It is soon to become the biggest Aquarium in Europe and it did not disappointment. We saw a wide variety of underwater creatures, as well as seeing the sharks being fed and the sea-lions showing off some of their tricks. On Wednesday afternoon we visited Montreuil-sur-Mer, voted second most beautiful town in France in 2016! The boys conducted some Geography field work and questionnaires with locals in French to gather some of their data.
We returned home on the Friday but just about had enough time to spend a few hours at a local Boulangerie. The boys were put through their paces by the baker while learning how to make croissants and seeing how the delicious bread is made. Of course, many took bread and cakes home for their families too!
Overall, the boys thoroughly enjoyed their time away and practised their French from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed. We hope that they have become more confident at having a go in another language and also enjoyed being more independent. We look forward to taking them back to France in Year 8 for a week in Burgundy in October.
Many thanks to Ms Jefferies, Mr Fairclough, Mr Bailey and Pascale, for all their help and support on this trip.