Emmaville Primary School

Year 6 Residential Trip to France 2019

7th June 2019

This week, the Year 6 pupils set off for the annual visit to France and Belgium. What a week it was, with so many experiences for the children to enjoy. Throughout the week, they were able to practise their French, as well as a little bit of Flemish when they explored the cobbled streets and canals in the city of Bruge and the ancient historical town of Ypres. At Boulogne-Sur-Mer market the children purchased gifts and some very ‘tasteful’ accessories; however, not sure the parents would agree with the boys’ choice of dollar chains; oh yes they went to town on their chain purchases! Ooh, and there were some very colourful sombreros purchased later on in the week.
During the visit, the children used the information that they had researched in advance about family members and local Crawcrook and Ryton people who fought in the First World War. They were either able to find the graves at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Cemetery, or the names of family members on the famous Menin Gate Memorial Arch in Ypres. At the In Flanders Museum, they had the opportunity to listen to accounts of the Christmas Truce from the perspective of German, Belgium, French and English soldiers. They were also able to look at artefacts that had been donated by war veterans and their families. The opportunity to be in France and Belgium during the commemorative events for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, made the children’s visit to watch the Last Post in Ypres extremely poignant.
The visit to the biggest aquarium in Europe, Nausicaa, is always a special treat for the children as is the day spent at the Bellewaerde Theme Park. Throughout the visit the children were a delight, showing great enthusiasm for all that we had planned for them. Thank you to the children for being an absolute delight; it was such a pleasure to spend quality time with them.
There are lots of photos from each day in the 'Residentials' section of the website, but for a whistle-stop tour of the week, have a look at the video below.