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On your Normandy Experience school tour you will spend either a day, a day and a half, or two days at Le Château de la Baudonnière on our 'French is Fun!' programme.

The Château is all about French language immersion. Everything we do for you at the Château involves practical, spoken French at an appropriate level for your group. Your students are always encouraged by our friendly staff to speak French at every opportunity.

Our native French staff team deliver activities to your group in French with maximum group sizes of 12 pupils.

Our activities include

Aeroball, French lesson, Archery, Climbing, Fencing, Bread Making, Nature Trail, Orienteering, Initiative Exercises and Cider Tour.

Each activity concentrates on a particular area of French vocabulary; (e.g. climbing = body parts and movements) and starts with an introduction to the language and activity and finishes with a debrief which includes the instructor helping the class to complete their workbooks.

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Activities at the Chateau

Map of the Château de la Baudonnière grounds

Map of the grounds

Here is a map of the grounds at le Château de la Baudonnière where our activities take place.

Activities at The Château - Archery

Tir a l'arc (Archery)

After the obligatory safety talk, pupils learn how to shoot arrows in our purpose built archery arena. The session is finished off with a balloon shooting competition. The activity provides the perfect environment for practising French numbers (scores) and directions.

Climbing at French education chateau in Normandy

Escalade (climbing)

On our own purpose built wall, pupils take it in turns to climb whilst those not climbing take on the role of instructor, or guide. The ‘guide’ directs their partner in French using the appropriate constructions and vocabulary for directions and body movements/parts. At the end of the session, your animateur will help your pupils to fill in their workbooks, revising sentence constructions and vocabulary used during the activity. Harnesses, helmets and other necessary safety equipment is supplied by the château.

Initiative Exercises normandy

Exercises d'initiative (Initiative Exercises)

The château grounds provide the perfect base from which to run these team building and problem-solving exercises. Animateurs will set your pupils up with various challenging tasks to be carried out in the forest. Pupils are encouraged to speak to each other in French (as much as possible!) as they work as a team to overcome the challenges that have been set.

Orienteering

Course d’Orientation (Orienteering)

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 quizzes as well as finding the control markers.

Escrime Fencing

Escrime (Fencing)

As with everything we do, in our fencing sessions safety is our number one priority. So, only after the equipment has been issued and the safety brief has been fully understood, do pupils get down to practising their fencing moves. Your animateur will teach the basics of the sport in French and pupils will repeat actions whilst practising their new French phrases.

Fabrication du Pain Bread Making

Fabrication du Pain (Bread Making)

Everyone loves making things they can enjoy and eat later, and even more so at the château because we combine bread baking with singing French songs! Primary school pupils love getting covered in flour, kneading their dough and enjoying their tasty treats later with their evening meal. A hands-down favourite.

Photography

Photography (Development)

In conjunction with our Mini-Beast Safari, this activity is designed to enhance the students knowledge of French whilst also enabling them to capture an image from their activity, be it a leaf or 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.

Circus skills

Circus skills

Brilliant for learning a whole variety of French vocabulary and phrases, from the names of circus tools to the actions themselves, as well as more basic things such as colours, numbers and prepositions. Your animatuer will teach the technique alongside the art of circus skills.

Activities at The Château - Aeroball

Aéroballe (Aeroball)

Aéroballe is probably our most popular activity among teachers and pupils alike – it is a totally unique trampoline-basketball-volleyball game, suitable for all ages. It is played by two teams of two, who are guided by their friends in French.

Nature Trail

Mini beast Safari (Nature Trail)

With almost 100 acres of 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 and searching through the meadows with a 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 as well as the French names of different animals and creatures. No creatures are hurt during this activity and they are all returned to their natural habitat.

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