Why Normandy is a Perfect School Trip Destination
There are few school trip destinations abroad that hit as many subject areas as Normandy in France. It's ever popular with schools because they are able to combine multiple learning experiences within the rich cultural and historic landscape, along withthe ease of access to the UK, and the fact that children can travel at an accessible cost.
The subjects that are possible include: French language, history, art and design, geography, food technology and RE.
Normandy is also extremely popular as a first residential trip for years 5/6 in Primary. These trips often take a cultural and cross-curricular learning base and children have the opportunity of experiencing a different language and culture, as well as being able to grow as individuals and team members in what is usually their first experience of staying away from home. Primary schools also enjoy taking part in our adventure itinerary which is perfect if you're looking for a general cultural experience alongside some team-building and self-confidence growth.
We find that schools travelling to Normandy appreciate being located centrally to the excursions on offer, in order to maximise their experience and keep journey times to a minimum. A stay at our Château du Baffy is a perfect base to choose being just fifteen minutes from Bayeux and the D-Day Landing beaches, and also providing easy access from different port choices.
For all groups staying at the Château du Baffy, we provide a language book which is specific to the building, local area and excursions. Teachers taking French trips enjoy taking their pupils on trips to nearby Bayeux to test their language skills at the local market and in the shops. Honfleur is another popular sea-side town with much to offer groups. There are numerous other excursions including a visit to a boulangerie with bread-making, chocolatiere, a goats' cheese farm and an apple-juice/cider farm.
Mont St Michel is another must see for groups, and this site offers opportunities for language, culture, geography, and why not bring sketch books and take advantage of the picturesque scenes on offer too?
As you can see from some of the excursions already mentioned, Normandy is also a great choice for a school trip with a food technology bias.
Of course, one of the main educational experiences is historic with the D-Day landing beaches and related excursions. Schools are able to get a real sense of history and the events by seeing the mulberry harbours still in place and by visiting the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.
All in all, you can see why many schools have Normandy as a staple year on year school trip abroad. You can find out more about the Select Château du Baffy by visiting the dedicated website here, and you can also view the numerous example itineraries and excursion informations.
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