Our Year 7 linguists recently returned from a 4 night residential to Moulin aux Draps, situated on the Opal Coast close to Boulogne. The packed itinerary for the 5 day trip included hands-on visits to a Boulangerie, chocolate factory, snail farm and goat farm, with plenty of tasting opportunities along the way! Mr James Lanzon, Head of Modern Foreign Languages reports.
We had a smooth journey across to France on the Eurostar. Our first visit was to the Boulangerie. We were given an explanation of how the bread is made and baked in the brick oven, followed by a demonstration of how to make croissants. The presentation was delivered in quite a unique and hilarious style (all in French of course!) and the children had a memorable time!
Other highlights included the Chocolate factory, the market mission in Boulogne the snail farm and the goat farm. All the tours on our trip were conducted in French and the children did an admirable job of interpreting in to English.
Before and after each meal-time the children were taught how to say, plate, knife, fork, spoon, class, serviette etc. They were also taught how to ask for more bread and water, so please feel free to test them. In fact in could become part of your daily routine at home too!
For me personally, the absolute highlight was the visit to the French school on Monday. The children went to a Maths lesson, an English lesson and a P.E. lesson. It was just superb to see how well the children responded to that situation. In fact, everywhere we went, people commented on how good their French was and how polite they were. As their teachers we were very proud of each and every one of them.
More photos from the trip can be found on our Gallery Page.