Year 6 French Residential
Last week, Year 6 pupils at Folkestone Academy enjoyed an action-packed residential trip to France, benefitting from opportunities to immerse themselves in French culture, outdoor adventures and even a trip to Disneyland!
The children started off their expedition with a visit to the Nausicaa Sea Life Centre in Boulogne, which allowed them to explore and discover more about a wide variety of marine life. After moving on to Paris, the children settled into their accommodation at a European Campus and began practising their French, ordering their evening meal and using simple greetings with the staff.
After an early start the next day our pupils prepared themselves for the excitement of Disneyland by practising classic Disney songs on the coach. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, whether they were thrill seekers looking for an adrenaline rush or just appreciating soaking up the atmosphere. We stayed for a parade in the evening followed by dinner, and then one last chance to queue for favourite rides or to buy souvenirs.
The next day we made the short visit to the Chateau Grand Romaine (PGL Activity Centre). The children conquered their fear of heights to climb and abseil down a tower followed by working together to solve a series of challenges. After a warm day of activities, the children relished the opportunity to go for a swim and play a few games with their friends.
The children woke on their final morning and began packing and clearing out their rooms. Once the coach was loaded up, we headed off to Versailles to visit the striking Palace, learn about the history and admire the beautiful artwork. We were able to sit in the vast gardens for our lunch and appreciate the views, and we even joined by a local swan who took a liking to the food we had bought from a local hypermarket. Lunch finished, we took the coach home, exhausted but full of happy memories.