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Year 6 France Residential - 28th June - 1st July

Day 4 - Friday 1st July

Chocolate Factory

We packed our bags early on Friday and stopped off at the chocolate factory on our way to the Euro Tunnel at Calais. It was full of fun and good food. We were told how chocolate is made and saw milk, dark and white chocolate being shaped into interesting objects. After a long journey back to school, the children were pleased to see their families again. What a wonderful trip! 

Day 3 - Thursday 30th June

Day Trip to Belgium

The penultimate day of our residential consisted of a trip to Belgium with a focus on WWI and WWII. The children were the first from Redbridge Primary School to visit the site of the Christmas Truce between German and British soldiers.

Visits to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Passchendaele Memorial Museum were poignant and moving. We located the memorial to Mrs Buxton’s great uncle  who fought with the Royal Devonshire Regiment.

Day 2 - Wednesday 29th June


La Capoule

After an early breakfast, we visited the bunker used by the Germans during WWII to make missiles.  It was an interesting morning, and the children enjoyed buying souvenirs in the gift shop.


Packed lunch from the hotel went down a treat in the park!

Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park was fabulous! We really enjoyed choosing which rides to go on and making the most of our time there. Special mention to those who faced their fears and took on a challenge today..the roller coaster was very scary!

Evening on the Beach

Our evening ended with some time on the beach. A great end to a wonderful day. We're looking forward to our Belgium visit tomorrow.

Day 1 - Tuesday 28th June

Journey to France

Day 1 has been very long but exciting. We departed Redbridge Primary early this morning and made it to Folkestone early enough to get the 11:20 channel tunnel. There were cheers when we reached the French border!


We stopped for lunch just outside Calais and enjoyed watching some pigeons being released into the wild!


L'Escargoterie du Choquel

Next up was an afternoon at the snail farm. We learned lots of interesting facts about snails, snail farming and most of all were impressed with Miss Walker's excellent translation! We tested three different snail types and had a Q&A session with the snail farmer. Then it was off to our hotel in Dunkirk, evening meal and settling down for the night with pouring rain outside.

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