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Saint Joseph - Copley Junior
During the last two years, Madame Le Normand has visited Copley Junior School to find out about our approach to teaching and learning. She has led presentations about her school, Saint Joseph, and the local area of Carquefou, near Nantes. Year 5 enjoyed workshops led by Madame Normand that included finding out the story behind traditional Nantes biscuits (this involved tasting them of course!)
We have developed a strong link between our two schools to enable our children to find out about the experience of pupils living in a different country. In the picture below, you can see children from Madame Le Normand's classes learning about our school by visiting our school website!
Saint Joseph School has 22 classes, for pupils aged 3-10 years. Children in Year 5 are writing letters to children of the same age at Saint Joseph and we always look forward to reading the letters that we receive in return!
Saint Joseph School in Carquefou, near Nantes
You can visit Saint Joseph's website by clicking here. You can click on 'google translate' to translate the text into English if you wish!
Please find below the presentation that Madame Le Normand prepared and shared with our children when she last visited Copley Junior School.
We are always very excited to receive a big envelope with all the letters from our French pen friends!
Our French pen friends open their letters at St Joseph, Carquefou.
Please click on the first image below to view the photographs.
Copley children open their letters from their pen friends in Carquefou.
We were delighted to receive beautiful Christmas cards from our French pen pals and we sent cards back to wish our French friends une heureuse nouvelle annee.
Christmas activities at St Joseph
In the photographs below you can see our French pen friends receiving their 'Happy New Year' cards from Copley.
We shared how we commemorate Remembrance Day in our two schools. At St Joseph, Elouen prepared a presentation about Remembrance Day and made poppies to give to everyone in class.
We shared information about our fund raising for the British Legion and our Remembrance Day displays.
We have kept in touch with our French penfriends by sending them an Easter card and we enjoyed receiving cards in return. Our pen friends write to us in French so this helps us to develop our French language skills. Our French penfriends received our cards just before Saint Joseph School closed for their Easter holiday.
As we attended St Mary's Church for our Easter service, our French friends attended Saint Pierre Church in Carquefou for their Easter service so we exchanged some photos.
Easter Service at St Mary's - We celebrated Easter at St Mary's Church with poetry, hymns and prayers. 'Easter Jubilation' is one of the children's favourite Easter hymns as you can see in the clip below.
Easter Service at Saint Pierre Church, Carquefou - We greatly enjoyed seeing the photos of our French friends celebrating their Easter service.
Our French penfriends went on an exciting residential visit to Normandy and Jersey and we enjoyed looking at all the photos on their website. When they were back at school the pupils at St Joseph wrote lovely letters to their Copley penfriends to share the details of their visit. Copley children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Robinwood and we sent postcards to our French penfriends.
Our French pen friends translated our postcards into French: "Nous sommes allés dans un lieu fantastique pendant trois jours. Nous sommes partis le 25 avril et sommes revenus le vendredi 27 avril. Nous étions au château de Dobroyd. Nous avons participé à des activités très intéressantes comme l’escalade, la balançoire géante, le tir à l’arc, le défi des caisses et la tyrolienne. Nous nous sommes beaucoup amusés!"
Pictured below are some of our French penfriends with the postcards we sent to them.
'Through the Window'
We decided to take photographs from the windows of our two schools to share the different seasons with each other.
St Joseph à l'automne
St Joseph en hiver
It is rare to see snow in Carquefou, so the pupils were very excited and Madame Le Normand was quick to reach for her camera!
St Joseph au printemps
Copley Junior School in the autumn
Copley Junior School in the winter
Copley Junior School in the spring