The whole school turned bleu, blanc, rouge on Friday 14th for Bastille Day!
Little Dorrit and Gargery learnt about the Eiffel Tower and the famous Bastille Day firework which happens there every year. Children had a chance to design their own Eiffel Tower firework and take it home! Reception children learnt about Paris with Barnaby bear and wrote postcards “from Paris”! They also worked really hard decorating their classrooms with beautiful buntings and big “Bastille Day” banner.
The year one and two children did 3 workshops: an art workshop, discovering the paintings of the Impressionist Claude Monet and reconstituting their own versions! They also did a Geography workshop, learning about different cities and food speciality from each region. At the end, they drew in their paper plate which dish they would love to try! Finally, each class did a quiz based on all the songs they learnt during the year, producing a beautiful “accordion of learning” ! They looked great! Special mention to Mr Oxenham and Mr Paul who organised a baked camembert tasting for their class!
The year three and four children rotated around 4 workshops. They got to discover the city of Paris through the very fun movie Ratatouille with Miss Spears, learning about Paris’ sewers, bridges and river! With Miss Fareeda, children were taken for a tour around the world of all Francophones countries, playing two different board games and giant puzzles! Mr Young held a workshop on the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. With Mr Cannock, the children learnt about a very special group of men in Congo who called themselves “Sapeurs”. They are members of the “Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People”. Their movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies. The children designed their own sapeur outfit, using very vibrant patterns and colour block colours.
The year five and six children also rotated around 4 workshops. With Miss Rhys-Evans and Mr Kittoe they discovered 4 famous French singers and played a memory game, scanning QR codes and listening to extract of their songs. The children were taken on a tour of Paris in Peggoty class with Mr Bakas and Miss Worley, get on and off the “metro” and learning about famous landmarks of the French capitale. Next door with Mr Windle, children learnt about the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. Last but certainly not least, children had a very fun workshop with Miss Jacobs learning about typical French regional food, reading the very clever story of “La grenouille a grande bouche”.
All children got to play Boules on the rooftop playground and enjoy a delicious French lunch!
Merci tout le monde!