Year 6 Residential
November 01 - 04 2016 - Boulogne-Sur-Mer
After 2 very busy days, we thought would update you with what we have done so far.
Starting out, we had a very comfortable journey through the Channel Tunnel and into France. We arrived in Boulogne at about 12:15 and stopped off for a quick lunch by the beach. Shortly after this we headed to Ambuleteuse museum, where the children found out many fascinating facts about what happened during the different parts of WW2; the children were excellent at investigating the different displays and information to complete their quiz.
Once at Stella Maris - 'the hotel' - the children quickly settled in. We headed over to the restaurant and all the children enjoyed their first meal: there was not a morsel of food to be found. Finishing off the evening, we watched Goodnight Mr Tom (which links with their history work in school) - on a huge 80 inch projection screen.
Then the children soon headed off to bed, some even having a shower beforehand all of their own volition!
Beginning the day early, we headed down to breakfast for 8am, where children had a selection of cereals and croissants to choose from as well as fruit choice. Then, once back on our luxury coach, we headed out to the farm where the children practised their French language skills and saw the workings of a French farm. Shortly after that, we were whisked off to the Boulangerie. The children then had a chance to roll their own croissant and bread. Kindly, we then got to try a freshly baked croissant and pain au chocolate which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Becasuc was our next destination, where again we were greeted warmly by the owners. The children then learnt how sweets are made and what they contain; we even got to try out a few sample sweets made there. Hopefully, the children will also be returning home with a few different treats they bought there themselves.
Finally, for the day we returned to Stella Maris and the children took part in a few sporting activities. When we had had dinner, we finished off the rest of Goodnight Mr Tom and headed to bed.
We started the day off by heading to the cemetery to pay our respects to the men that fell during the two World Wars; during our visit there, we also found the grave of Robert John Swaffer (a man from Kingsnorth village) and placed a cross. We also said a prayer for all the unknown fallen soldiers and laid a wreath from Kingsnorth school. Additionally, as the weather was so pleasant, the children investigated the other graves looking at regiment, age and nationality of the different soldiers.
To practise our French speaking, we then headed to Auchan to purchase different items for our lunch. The children had to approach the different counters around the shop and request the items on their shopping list. Once arriving at La Coupelle, we used the provided room to build our sandwiches and try out different foods we had purchased at the supermarket; the children were great for trying out all the different foods we had bought.
Next, we went into La Coupelle where the children were exceptionally respectful and inquisitive of the memorial; again it gave the children another chance to reflect on WW2 and the events that occurred. Many of the children were able to reflect on their history learning from last term and link the different events together.
There was then a special surprise: Nausicaa - National Sea Centre. The children were treated to a trip to the aquarium and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the visit. After that, we returned to the Stella Maris and when the children had had a quick dinner and went to bed.
The final day! We woke early and packed our suitcase then heading down to the restaurant for our follow breakfast at Stella Maris. Afterwards, we departed – with all luggage safely stored below.
When we arrived at the French school, we were greeted warmly. Although at first the children were quite embarrassed and shy, they soon began to attempt to communicate with the French children. We were then treated to a tour of their village and a joint lunch. Finally, we wowed them with our rendition of the French National Anthem. As soon as we had said our goodbyes, we headed for home.