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French Day at Moiraville

Posted: 10th December 2014 | Category: Year 4, Year 5

Year 4 and 5 visit to Moiraville


Our action-packed morning of French activities got off to an exciting start! We

presented our passports to the customs officer at the entrance to Moira House gym, aka Moiraville, were given an envelope with pretend euros and were led around the shops in groups by local guides. Our very first visit was to “La Grotte du Père Noël” where the children met Père Noël and wished him “Joyeux Noël!”

We sampled croissants, bought sparkly shoes (très joli, Toby!) and posted a letter (in some cases quite an optimistic one!) to Santa. The highlights of the visit were a visit to ‘le médecin’, who applied some rather unconventional cures and the greengrocer’s stall, where the children got to buy and keep carrots, onions and other fruit and veg with their euros.

Our preparation work paid off beautifully as the children were able to ask confidently for what they wanted from stall-holders: “Je voudrais une carotte, s’il vous plaît,” or “C’est combien?” They were also able to order their own drink from the French café and pay for it with their euros, as well as challenging the doctor with, “J’ai mal partout!” (I am ill everywhere!)

It was wonderful to hear the children using their French in real situations and asking to learn more vocabulary to help them communicate further with their hosts. The visit was an inspiration to staff and pupils and I am sure will continue to motivate and give them confidence as we revisit these topics in the future. My thanks to our generous parent helper, Maria Gorringe, for her support and enthusiasm throughout the morning.

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