Our experienced French native speaking animateurs will deliver a full programme of adventure activities, language lessons, excursions, mealtimes and evening entertainment, all conducted in French.
We make sure we take into account the age and level of your pupils, as well as your teaching objectives and preferences to create a programme to suit the needs of your specific group. We also have an intensive programme for sixth formers.
For more than ten years our language programme has been tested and refined to create a memorable and immersive experience which is shown to improve pupils' language confidence and understanding. Our experienced native French animateurs have developed over 500 different games, exercises and activities to motivate pupils of all different ages and French levels. We also help the pupils write their French daily journal, and encourage them to speak French in the evenings and during meals times, when we eat in French style!
Here is a statement from our french teachers Sophie Lebailly and Julia Carré.
Une pédagogie différente de celle de l’Angleterre et comme nulle part ailleurs qui se veut essentiellement ludique et basée sur l’oral.
« Ici, on apprend en s’amusant ! »
Au Château, l’apprentissage du français se fait par le biais du besoin, du plaisir et de la détente.
En effet, le but premier de cette approche est de décomplexer les enfants, de les familiariser et de leur donner confiance en eux pour parler la langue française.
La plupart arrivent timides et sans automatisme mais au cours des séances, les enfants prennent très vite confiance en eux et participent avec enthousiasme.
Avant : « Le français, c’est difficile ! »
Après : « Au Château, c’est facile et on s’amuse bien ! »
En jouant, les enfants oublient qu’ils apprennent ; Ils sont alors séduits et ont envie de renouveler l’expérience. Il ne me reste plus qu’à vous dire : « Venez nous rejoindre et laissez vous tenter par notre méthode …vous serez agréablement surpris! »
Sophie Lebailly, French Teacher
Activities include: VTT (Mountain Biking), Escalade (Climbing), Parcours de Santé (Assault Course), Tir a L'arc (Archery), Orientation (Orienteering), Parcours de Sante (Assault Course), Photogramme (Photography), Escrime (Fencing), Fabrication du Pain (Bread Making), Exercise d’Initiative (Initiative Exercises), Kayak (Canoeing) and Mini beast Safari (Nature Trail).
Each activity concentrates on a specific area of French language (eg Escalade = body parts and movement commands) and includes a formal language de-briefing. For a fuller description of each activity and to find out how French is incorporated within each one, click here.
Our Evening Programme includes: La Tournoi (Floodlit Football, Basketball and Volleyball), Campfire with singsong and marshmallows, Mini Olympics, Our famous french evening (pupils are encouraged to bring some french fancy dress).
Our renowned last night talent show. Bad weather evening options include: Indoor initiative, Bingo, Quizzes and French film.
The Normandy beaches, town of Bayeaux (and its internationally famed tapestry), Le Mont St. Michel, local farms, zoo and typically French markets are all less than 30 minutes from our idyllic chateau setting. Groups normally spend two or three half days on excursions to any of these exciting destinations.
An animateur will accompany you on all your excursions and continue to encourage your group to speak French as much as possible.
Pupil workbooks add structure and organisation to each visit allowing you and your students to get the most out of your time away from the château.
In our immediate vicinity there is the amazing Mont st Michel and the historical town of Villedieu les Poelles with its market and copper foundry plus lovely local beaches and numerous markets.
Further afield in North Normandie there is the Bayeux tapestry and all of the North Normandie landing beach sites such as Arromances museum and 360 cinema plus of course the beaches themselves and the memorial sites.
Please find some brief details on the main visits that are in our area in the section below. This list is not exhaustive by any means and we can organise many other visits to cover any cross curriculum needs.