Programme 9-15 years

A balanced programme will divide your group's time between French lessons, activities, excursions and evening ents. We make sure we take into account the age and ability of your pupils,  as well as your own aims, preferences, and the experience of our management team in delivering successful programmes.

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Le Français

Over the last 16 years, our experienced native French teachers have developed over 500 different games, exercises and activities to motivate pupils of all different ages and abilities. 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!

Les cours de Français:

(Here is a statement from our french teachers.)

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.

Les Activités - journalieres et les soirées

Activities include: Traversée de la Baie du Mont St Michel (Bay Walk), Kayak de Mer (Sea Kayak), Fabrication du Pain (Bread Making), La Chèvrerie (Goats Cheese Farm), Initiation au Cirque (Circus Skills), Découverte d'une Ville (Town Trail), Vélo tout Terrain (Mountain Biking), Course d’Orientation (Orienteering), Chasse au Trésor (Treasure Hunt), Escalade (Climbing), Char à Voile (Sand Yachting), Parcours d'Accrobranches (High Ropes)

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.

All of the French langauge uses in the activities is consolidated when the pupils complete the revevant French worksheet.

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 » French film.

Les visites locales

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 La Grane Ferme setting. Groups normally spend two or three half days on excursions to any of these exciting destinations. All of the French langauge uses in the excursion is consolidated when the pupils complete the revevant French worksheet. For a fuller description of all out visits, click here.

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It was a great week, thank you for all the super organisation, for the care taken of us by everyone in France, and for the tireless energy of the team.

Dunhurst, Bedales

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