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Below is a list of activities and outdoor sessions available at the Château. They all provide a perfect situation for students to feel at ease using the French language, and include the learning/practice of verbs, actions, directions, instructions and vocabulary relevant to the immediate environment. They enjoy the activities so much they do not realise just how much they are learning.
As far as possible all sessions are conducted in French, unless otherwise requested and depending on the age and French level of the student. All safety points will also be covered in English if necessary. Most sessions are followed up with a worksheet applicable to the students’ level. All safety equipment is supplied by the centre (e.g. helmets, harness) and sessions are run by our fully qualified and experienced staff.
The Chateau has its very own climbing wall that is suitable for pupils of all ages. After issuing equipment and explaining safety procedures, the students will climb various ‘routes’ on the wall. They will be encouraged to use French commands and will learn the French words for movement, directions and parts of the body.
On location, in the Château’s forest, tasks are set for each group to encourage the students to work together. These team building and problem-solving activities are challenging and fun!
The kayaking is held on our small lake. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will master various skills in a very safe and fun environment. Students should be confident in water, but do not need to be excellent swimmers. Raft building is a team building exercise, where the groups have the task of making their own raft with some ropes, barrels and plenty of patience. Then it’s often ‘off we go, oops and…. splash!’
The students will be taught map reading in French using orienteering games and courses in The Chateau grounds. As well as using French language for features, directions and map symbols the team orienteering challenges will involve other French language (vocabulary) and quizzes, as well as finding the control markers.
This very popular session is held on our purpose built assault course in the Château grounds. Explanations are done in French and pupils repeat action statements before being allowed to do each obstacle. It is ideal for practising popular verbs and the use of prepositions. Usually rather wet and muddy, the students enjoy finishing off the session with a run against the clock and a dip in the river!
Archery is conducted on the Château’s own archery range, where pupils get the chance to be Robin Hood for a while. After the obligatory safety talk and explanation of the equipment, the students shoot the arrows onto targets - an excellent opportunity to practise French numbers (scores) and directions. All this is followed by a balloon shooting competition.
Vélo tout terrain is excellent for the use of directions; tout droit, tourne à gauche etc. After the obligatory safety talk and issue of equipment, the students participate in a biking session involving a country route to a local café. Here they get the opportunity to practise their French by ordering and paying for a drink. Parts of the bike are explained in French as well as commands, directions, road safety etc.
Fencing takes place at the Château in one of our purpose-built fencing rooms and is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to learn French in a safe and fun environment, as well as learning about the safety equipment.
Suitable for all ages, bread making is not just a case of making bread it’s also a golden opportunity to practise your singing talents, as we sing French songs whilst we bake! Students will be guided from the very beginning with simple instructions; from the measuring of flour to the kneading of the bread, this activity will keep their enthusiasm going throughout. They will even get to taste the fruits of their hard work as their bread will be baked in time for the evening meal.
With almost 100 acres off outstanding natural woodland and its very own river, this activity provides an unspoiled insight into French wild life and small creatures within the safety of the Chateau grounds. From dipping into the river, to laying a white blanket under a bush and shaking the branches, to searching through the meadows with your magnifying glass. With the use of specially designed identification cards this activity gives students, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to learn about the countryside and the names of many different creatures. No creatures are hurt during this activity and they are all returned to their natural habitats.
In conjunction with your mini-Safari, this activity is designed to enhance the students' knowledge of French, whilst enabling them to capture an image from their previous activity, be it a leaf, a flower or their very own design. With our own dark room, we can transport the image onto paper for the students to take away with them.
L'activité "Cirque" permet aux enfants de découvrir les Arts du cirque tant sur le plan artistique que technique : les enfants sont initiés au jonglage, au diabolo et autres instruments de manière ludique et pédagogique : le français parlé au cours de la séance est très varié et repose sur l'apprentissage des différents noms d'instruments (baton, balles, diabolo...), des verbes d'action (marcher, se déplacer...), les directions (à gauche, à droite, en haut, en bas...), les couleurs (orange, rouge, vert...), les chiffres(un, deux, trois...) ...: une toute nouvelle activité au Château qui remporte déja un vive succès près de nos groupes!
The circus skills workshop enables pupils to discover the art of Circus at an artistic as well as a technical level. Students are introduced to juggling, diabolo and other tools in a fun and educational manner. The French spoken during this activity is very varied and is based on the practice of the different tools’ (stick, balls, diabolo…), action verbs (to walk, to move…), directions (left, right, up down…), colours (orange, red, green…) and numbers (1,2,3…).
Aeroball is a fun, totally unique sport! The trampoline-basketball-volleyball game is suitable for all ages and is played in two 2-man teams. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will have the chance to learn/practice the vocabulary for the body parts. It’s also a great opportunity to practice the numbers (scoring and counting down the end of the match). Aeroball is quickly becoming a favourite activity for students and teachers alike!
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