Primary cross-curricular tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Primary cross-curricular tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

A key stage 2 tour to Normandy is great for a language and cultural trip providing numerous opportunities for students to practise their French in real-life situations and immerse themselves in French culture. It is also a great destination for a more cross-curricular tour with excursions that relate to history, D&T, Geography, maths and science KS2 curriculum.

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Depart from school by coach
  • Connect with channel crossing
  • Stop at Honfleur on route
  • Arrive at accommodation
  • Day two
  • Mont St Michel
  • Mont St Michel Abbey
  • Day three
  • Market visit
  • Bayeux Tapestry & Cathedral
  • 360 Cinema
  • American Cemetery
  • Day four
  • Depart accommodation
  • Stop en route Chocolate Factory
  • Return back to the UK on coach

Excursion locator map

Primary cross-curricular tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

  • Town Trail

    Subject range: Cultural, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    'Hunt Fun' treasure hunts are a great fun way to get your students out and about and exploring a town whilst on your tour, learning so much along the way. The treasure hunts will guide you past historical buildings, statues and monuments encouraging problem solving, team work, navigation skills and much more. Your treasure hunt packs contains treasure hunt booklets to complete. 

    Select says:

    A treasure hunt will normally last about 2 hours but could be made longer by incorporating a lunch stop or another local visit. Available for selected towns within Belgium and France - speak to one of our travel advisors for further details.

  • Abbey-aux-Dames - The Woman's Abbey, Caen

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, History, RS

    What you’ll experience:

    The abbey was founded around 1060 by Matilda of Flanders and has an interesting history including accommodating girls from the Norman aristocracy until the French Revolution, being a barracks, a poorhouse and a hospice. The abbey church is an excellent example of Norman Romanesque art and the body of Queen Matilda rests under a Tournai black marble slab in the chancel.

    Select says:

    There is much to admire with the rich sculptures and the column capitals are adorned with fantastic animals taken from the bestiary and treasures from the first crusade. 

  • Festyland

    Subject range: Cultural, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    Festyland is the biggest amusement park in Normandy and offers around thirty rides. A great fun day out for students and great for activity weeks.

    Select says:

    Located in Bretteville-sur-Odon near Caen.

  • Chevrerie du Mesnil (Goat's Cheese Farm)

    Subject range: Cultural, Food Technology, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    Located at the foot of a dell, you'll receive a warm welcome from Mr Martin to his farm. The 40 Alpine goats are a firm favourite with our school groups and children find out about goat breeding, cheesemaking, and also experience a cheese tasting session. A room is at your disposal for picnics and there is also an outside picnic area.

    Select says:

    Tours are offered in English or French and this is a popular tour for all ages.

  • Les Vergers de Ducy (Apple Juice/Cider Farm)

    Subject range: Cultural, Food Technology, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    During the tour, students are shown an introductory video followed by a tour of the orchards and an overview of the production process from washing and crushing the apples to the casks where the calvados is matured. 

     

     

    Select says:

    This is a welcoming and informative tour and students have the opportunity to taste the apple juice and purchase in the shop.

  • Swimming - Aquanacre

    Subject range: MFL, Physical Education

    What you’ll experience:

    Aquanacre is located in Douvres-la-Délivrande, just 10 minutes from the Château du Baffy. The swimming centre has 3 pools, one outside, and a pentagliss (parallel slides).

    Select says:

    Swimming is always a fun activity to choose for the students and great for unwinding as an evening activity.

  • Ferme de la Mimarnel - Goat's Cheese Farm

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    Ferme de la Mimarnel is a small family run goat’s cheese producer in the village of Cambremer, approximately an hour’s drive east of Château du Baffy. During a visit, groups will have the opportunity to see the goats and to taste the cheese during a guided tour in French.

    Select says:

    The tour will give students an insight into the stages of the cheese making process whilst enabling the development of their language skills.

  • Paleospace

    Subject range: MFL, Science, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    Educational activities are organised around 3 themes at Paleospace: palaeontology, astronomy and the fauna and flora of the marsh. There are a variety of options depending on the age group - see website for details.  Unguided visits are an option with the group and teacher looking around the museum at their own pace. Visits with an audio guide in English are also possible to give pupils an interactive experience where they can choose from over 30 commentaries and find their way round in their own time.

    Select says:

    Treasure hunt leaflets are available from Paleospace upon request to help structure your visit.

  • Château de Fontaine-Henry

    Subject range: MFL, Art, History

    What you’ll experience:

    Château de Fontaine-Henry is a family Renaissance residence handed down over the generations and has a collection of period paintings and furniture. Guided group tours are in English as well as French.

    Select says:

    A great location for students to bring their sketch pads and pencils. The château has distinctive high, steep roofing and sculpted exterior. 

  • Honfleur

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    A town with a rich artistic and historical heritage, Honfleur has beautiful old houses, narrow paved streets, monuments, little shops, traditional restaurants, galleries, artists' studios, a fishing harbour and a marina.

    Select says:

    The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet, Boudin, Courbet, and many others. Great place to stop for lunch on route to your destination or on the way home to break up the journey.

  • Bakery – Boulangerie Les Co-Pains near Cambremer

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    The children actively participate in the bread making process, from visiting the mill and learning about the different types of flour to kneading the dough and seeing the stages in dough production such as weighing the dough, shaping it, cooking it in the oven, and cooking time.

    Select says:

    Each child may take the bread they have made with them. There is an indoor/outdoor picnic area on site. This is a must do excursion and one of Select’s favourites in Normandy. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tours can be tailored to ages and language abilities.

  • Mont Saint-Michel and Abbey

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, History, Geography, RS

    What you’ll experience:

    Mont St-Michel is in the heart of a great bay that has the highest tides in Europe. After going through the Boulevard Gate and the King’s Gate fortified with its portcullis, you will find the main street with museums, shops and houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. After admiring the Abbey church, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the bay from the ramparts path.

    Select says:

    The Abbey was turned into a prison during the days of the French Revolution and Empire, and needed to be restored before the end of the 19th century. You must transfer to the local bus over the causeway as coaches and cars are now restricted. This is due to a regeneration project going on in the area currently - more information is available at the visitors centre near the car park before you go over the causeway.

  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience:

    The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique source on the 11th century beginning with Harold's eventful journey to Normandy through to the Battle of Hastings. Visits are by audio-guide giving commentary on the scenes.

    Select says:

    There is a simplified audio version in English especially for children.

  • Bayeux Cathedral

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History, RS

    What you’ll experience:

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building with a mix of Romanesque architecture in the 11th century crypt and Gothic in the 13th-century nave. The crypt contains some beautiful murals and the stained-glass windows in the chapel are stunning.

    Select says:

    Read the diagram on the stairs before you descend into the crypt, as it gives some information about the images below.

  • Manoir d'Apreval, apple juice/cider farm

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    There is a guided tour to show you the collection techniques, mixing apples, fermentation, and the process of distillation.

    Select says:

    You will also be able to sample some of the wonderful apple juice.

  • Market Visits

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    The markets in Normandy are fabulous places for students to see and sample the diversity of local produce and traditions, and to experience a colourful, lively and welcoming atmosphere. It's also a great chance to try out their language skills. A full list of possibilities can be viewed a at the Normandy tourism website market page.

    Select says:

    Bear in mind that most markets take place in the morning or on specific days. Some accommodations allow you to take food back and make lunches for your group after the market visit. Some groups enjoy doing this as a French language use excersise.

  • William the Conqueror's Castle, Falaise

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born at the castle in about 1028. William went on to conquer England and become king and possession of the castle descended through his heirs until the 13th century when it was captured by King Philip II of France. The tour uses computer tablets to show the castle as it was lived in together with a description of the history of the Normans.

     

    Select says:

    There are lots of stairs to climb, but there's a lovely view over Falaise from the castle heights.

  • Chocolaterie du Drakkar

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    At Chocolaterie du Drakkar, students learn all about the history and production of chocolates, including a film which takes you on a trip to the cocoa plantations of Sao Tome. Students will get many insights into the production process at Drakkar, including trying to recognize the aromas that are most often mixed with cocoa.

    Select says:

    Of course, this visit would not be a chocolate tour without some traditional tasting!

Primary cross-curricular tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Learning areas:

KS2

PSHE

  • Building self-confidence
  • Working with others
  • Promoting understanding of different cultures
  • Preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

 

Foreign Language

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • engage in conversations
  • ask and answer questions
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words

Design and technology - cooking and nutrition

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • know where and how a variety of ingrediants are grown, reared, caught and processed

Art and design

  • to create sketch books to record their observations
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques

History

  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronologcal knowledge beyond 1066

 

 

 

 

 

Select Extras:

For KS2 students to practise their language skills pre-tour try these resources:

BBC Primary French - language lab

BBC Primary French - all about me (also includes French sounds video and songs)

Have you thought of selecting a relevant movie for the coach journey? We recommend Ratatouille!

Primary cross-curricular tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

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    Château du Baffy

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    Location: Colombiers-sur-Seulles

    Capacity: 110

    The Château is only 6 kilometres from the picturesque seaside town of Courselles-sur-Mer with its yacht harbour and sandy beaches, and is also on the doorstep of Bayeux and the World War II landing beaches. It's the perfect base for groups to enjoy the wealth of excursions and educational experiences on offer in this historical area.

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    UNCMT Tailleville

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Tailleville

    Capacity: 50

    Tailleville is a traditional rural hamlet just 3km from Courseulles and 12km from Arromanches. The UNCMT is set in its own grounds and is a great accommodation for school groups, with classrooms available if required as well as plenty of enclosed outside space.

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    CPCV Normandie

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Houlgate

    Capacity: 94

    Located in its own grounds in the attractive seaside resort of Houlgate, just 50m from the seafront and beach, also within easy walking distance of the town centre.

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    Hotel le Canada

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Ouistreham

    Capacity: 55

    Located in Ouistreham 200m from Sword Beach, one of the famous sites of the Second World War where British troops landed. The town centre is only 500m away.

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    Le Home du Cotentin

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    Location: Agon-Coutainville

    Capacity: 170

    This property occupies an ideal position just 50m from the seafront in Agon-Coutainville. Le Home du Contentin is located between Mont-Saint-Michel and the landing sites from June 1944, in front of the islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

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