5 KIN themes:
KIN-ship: family and community at heart. As a family with 4 children, our daily rituals are integrated into the learning process: gathering together to care for and nourish the land, animals and ourselves whilst using the French structures to guide us and learn. Kindness, compassion and mindfulness – kinship!
KIN Forest: a Troglodyte cave from thousands of years ago shows that humans have settled at Fialeix for some time. The cave is still here, at the foot of a man-made mound from c.600 A.D., previously topped by a wooden fortress, which still dominates the forest a short walk from the courtyard. Here we have daily meetings and your child will learn about the treasures of the past, through archaeological digs, the forest school, games and play in nature, singing French songs, drumming around the fire, star gazing and storytelling.
KIN Kitchen: no French camp is complete without an immersion in Gallic gastronomy! Preparing and eating fresh produce, much of it from our own land, exploring French cuisine in general, predominantly plant-based food, making tisanes, drying herbs, making conserves, baking and cooking breads.
Kindness, compassion to each other and mindfulness – kinship!
Oaks, elms and other ancient hardwood trees abound, and the ruins of a 10th Century chapel await the children’s discovery
Preparing meals, trying new tastes and having fun in the kitchen – all in French!
KIN Care: we start by knowing and understanding our environment – plant identification, vegetable and herb gardening; exploration of wildlife – insects, flowers, bird spotting, bee keeping, goats and donkey care; composting, an introduction to permaculture and the care of the wild.
KIN Craft: campers will have a chance to engage and practise their newly acquired French forms through creative construction, using nature as a focus: art, painting, sketching, making objects such as simple wooden toys, a flower press or a bird feeder. Creating a journal as a mode of mapping French practice and bringing French learning and themes together.
Arts & crafts held in the Medieval atelier and using many natural materials
Looking after what we’ve inherited, the nature around us and ourselves within it