French Day for Nursery and Pre-Prep

Last week, children in the Nursery and in Haybrook had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Haybrook French Day – a day spent off curriculum enjoying the culture of France. The day started with a delicious petit déj of pains au chocolat and croissants courtesy of Mrs Baish and her team. C’était delicieux! The hall was suitably decorated with French bunting and red, white and blue balloons.  Everyone had made a big effort with French costumes, and in addition to lots of berets and Breton t-shirts we had children dressed as Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette and a French rugby player!
The children then got into their animal name groups – Les Chiens, Les Poissons, Les Lions, Les Baleines, Les Moutons et Les Chats – and set off to different activities in classrooms around the school.
In the Nursery, Little Oaks were busy creating French flags and Monet paintings whilst in Saplings the children were making a junk model of the Eiffel Tower. Over in Haybrook there were three activities: junk modelling of the Arc de Triomphe and Mont Blanc; painting in the pointillisme style of Monet to create his famous Giverny garden, and creating a collage of mini beasts and pond life. The children took it in turns to rotate activities and there was some great teamwork and collaboration being shown within the groups.
At breaktime, Head of Junior French, Madame Woodard organised some games of pétanque and petits poissons – a game where you stand in a circle and have to catch the fish in your “net”. This was noisy and fun!
After lunch children took part in a French treasure hunt around the garden finding clues that were located on the climbing equipment, on the trees and fences. Well done to Les Moutons who got all the answers correct and won the prizes of French pencils! Then it was all down to the athletics track for the highlight of the day – the Tour de St Francis – a series of cycle races of different distances for everyone from the youngest in Saplings up to the oldest in Year 2. The course was around the outside of the athletics track via three stages – 
La Tour Eiffel, Mont Blanc and the Arc de Triomphe – at each of which the children had to get a hand stamp. There was some fantastic cycling from some of the older children and the prowess of the littlest children on their bikes with stablilisers was heart-warming. The finale was a race which the Mamans and the Papas took part in taking them twice around the course at a fast and furious pace! The winners were Mrs Kathryn Butler for the Mamans and Mr David Pack for the Papas!
It was a fabulous day and the children and parents got so much out of it. View the gallery>> Haybrook French Day