What better way to learn about French culture than to make chocolate croissants and eat snails – in France.
Year 7 to 10 students from Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, took a two-day trip to northern France to indulge in the culture and to practise their language skills.
During the trip, the 41 students visited a market in Lille, had a picnic in Boulogne and rolled up their sleeves at the Boulangerie Le Fournil in Wierre-Effroy and tried their hand at making bread and croissants.
They also went to P&J Chocolates in Calais where they learnt about the production of chocolate and watched a demonstration and visited a hypermarket.
Back at their chateau accommodation, brave students sampled snails and made pancakes.
Spencer Russell, head of modern foreign languages, said: “It was a truly memorable experience for students.
“The focus of the trip was on the culture as well as the language. While out and about, students were challenged to use the language while taking part in an i-spy competition to get them engaged in their surroundings.”