Year 6 Normandy Residential Trip
The first destination on the Year 6 trip was the Parcour Centre where students took to the trees to test their nerves through a series of high wire obstacles. All the children showed impressive skills and courage, with some overcoming their fear of heights! After lunch with the weather on side, they headed off to navigate the river by kayak. At the last weir, students were given the opportunity to get out of their boats and slide freely down the small rapids. On return to the idyllic setting of the accommodation in the country the children enjoyed a water fight and a bbq prepared by the hosts.
Day two was for intrepid adventures and students experienced a snapshot of the Normandy coastline and history. With shoes off, the group began traversing the bay to Mont Saint Michel with their guide. As we approached Mont Saint Michel, we were shown another tidal island, home to nesting birds and their fledging chicks. Proceeding onward as the pilgrims would have done, Mont Saint Michel loomed large in its Gothic glory. The students toured the Abbey in small groups, learning about the lives and history of the monks since the eighth century. Students were given some time to explore the winding streets of the settlement.
On Day three students headed to the Conde Market, where they were assigned tasks. Each group was given 20 euros and a shopping list of 3-4 items which they had to purchase at the market for our picnic in the afternoon. Not only did they have to use their French, but they also had to use their powers of negotiation in order to get the best value for money. All students successfully completed the challenge in a record time. In the afternoon students and staff pedalled through the scenic Normandy countryside on the Velorail, taking it in turns to do the leg work. Not content with having cycled a fair distance, the final afternoon was spent horse riding!