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After visiting the Impressionist Museum, the pupils drew their own impressionist drawings

In June, 12 pupils from Years 8 – 10 visited France for a week-long trip to improve their confidence in speaking French.

The group departed early at 6am on Monday morning, travelling to Folkestone before sailing over the English Channel to Calais. They travelled onwards to the town of Rouen, where they were given a guided tour during their two hour stay before completing their journey to Mesnières-en-Bray in Normandy.

While in Normandy, the boys engaged in a number of activities punctuated by regular French lessons and were encouraged to speak entirely in French as much as they could. Their first day was very food orientated, with bread making lessons in the morning followed by a tour of the Neufchatel en Bray cheese factory.

The pupils learning to bake bread

As well as experiencing the lifestyle of the French with their different food, the boys also travelled to the village of Giverny to visit the Impressionist Museum which features many of Monet’s greatest impressionist paintings.

On their final day, the group were taken to the Dieppe market to buy ingredients for lunch. This required them to be fully conversational in French so that they could ask about different food types, weights and prices without any assistance from the teachers. The days of being immersed in a French-speaking environment paid dividends as the boys all bought, and later cooked, their own lunch to celebrate the end of their trip before returning to England on Thursday evening.

For more images of the trip, click here.

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