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Normandie a la Carte trip
School name Trip dates
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WHO ARE WE??
  • Normandy à la Carte was formed in 1997 by Andrew
    Caverhill,  a French language teacher, Ian Wood,
    an ex-marine who specialised in outdoor pursuits,
    who is normally called Woody and a School travel
    expert, Sarah Jane Wood (Sas!).
  • We specialise in providing safe and fun french
    language learning and culture for UK school
    groups in a friendly, family atmosphere.
  • So if you are a teacher who wants the very best
    learning and fun experience for your group then
    we will work in partnership with you to provide a
    tailor made programme specifically for you and
    your group.

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HEALTH SAFETY SECURITY
Its hard to cover all the points of health
safety at the La Grand Ferme in 5 minutes.
Thats why we have a dedicated section on our
website, covering risk assessments and more.
Please visit www.frenchschooltravel.com/safety A
ll our staff are carefully trained in ALL our
activities and only allowed to run their own
sessions once they have completed their full
training. Upon arrival, the staff run a tour of
the property in order to inform students of the
boundaries and rules at the La Grand Ferme and
finish with a full fire drill.
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DEPARTURE

The group will leave school on (date) TIME Meet
at school at (pick-up location) TIME Depart
school by coach and transfer to the
port TIME-TIME Portsmouth-Caen crossing TIME
Arrive at the La Grand Ferme
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THE ACCOMMODATION
Specifically designed for school groups, all the
accommodation consist of comfortably furnished
rooms with a teachers room close-by for
supervision. Each school has their own space,
with boys and girls on separate floors when
possible. All buildings have either en-suite
rooms or communal bathrooms.
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THE FOOD
The food at the La Grand Ferme is a full part of
the French experience. With years of
experience, the staff has developed a menu
which, as well as being adapted to childrens
tastes, is also a real French culinary
discovery. We also cater for a wide variety of
special diets including vegetarian, vegan, no
nuts, no dairy etc
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OUR ACTIVITIES
Activities are a great way for the students to
have pure and simple fun. But they also provide a
perfect situation for students to feel at ease
using the French language. Whatever the age,
ability or needs of your group, Normandie à la
Carte takes time to liaise with teachers and talk
to parents, so that the visit to France can be
carefully linked to school preparation and
follow-up. This will ensure that all pupils will
come home with a sense of real achievement, a
knowledge of France, its language and culture,
and a treasure trove of project and other work to
stimulate further study. The students enjoy the
activities so much they do not realise just how
much they are learning! Have a look at the
following activities!
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Kayak de Mer (Sea Kayak)
Kayaking on our own small lake, gives pupils the
opportunity to learn various new skills in a
safe, but fun environment. The lake is big enough
for your students to have fun, but small enough
for our animateurs to maintain our high safety
standards After kayaking, pupils work in teams
to build rafts using ropes, barrels and plenty
of patience! As usual, French is the order of the
day. Students should be confident in water, but
they do not need to be excellent swimmers.
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Fabrication du Pain (Bread Making)
Everyone loves making things they can enjoy and
eat later, and even more so at the château
because we combine bread baking with singing
French songs! Primary school pupils love getting
covered in flour, kneading their dough and
enjoying their tasty treats later with their
evening meal. A hands-down favourite.
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Initiation au Cirque (Circus Skills)
Brilliant for learning a whole variety of French
vocabulary and phrases, from the names of circus
tools to the actions themselves, as well as more
basic things such as colours, numbers and
prepositions. Your animatuer will teach the
technique alongside the art of circus skills.
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Vélo tout Terrain (Mountain Biking)
Our mountain biking routes take you around the
edge of the bay of Mont St Michel, using the
paths trodden for generations by the pilgrims and
fishermen heading out onto the sands. The views
are great, and the hills few and far between!
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Parcours d'Accrobranches (High Ropes)
How better to appreciate the beauty of an ancient
forest than to follow the 2300m of this stunning
high ropes course in Northern Brittany. Different
circuits for all levels, moving from tree to
tree, amongst ancient oaks, with all the
necessary safety equipment adapted to the size
and age of participants,and guided by experienced
and supportive staff.
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Char à Voile (Sand Yachting)
Everyone can discover the joys of this activity,
with wind in the sails and a magnificent view of
Mont St Michel - weather permitting! Previous
experience is not needed as the circuit put in
place by the instructors allows all participants
to acquire the necessary basic skills for sand
yachting, in a safe and secure environment.
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Chasse au Trésor (Treasure Hunt)
Staying on-site at la Grand' Ferme you have to
find as many objects as possible in a set time -
starting with a list of 30 items you will need to
communicate lots of French with your team mates
in order to find the treasure before anyone else!
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Course dOrientation (Orienteering)
Students will be taught map reading in French
using orienteering games and courses in the
grounds. As well as using French language for
features, directions and map symbols the team
orienteering challenges will involve other French
language quizzes as well as finding the control
markers.
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OUR LOCAL VISITS
Local excursions are the perfect opportunity for
pupils to put their new language skills and
confidence into practice in a real French
environment. Although the cultural aspect is
the main asset of this day, the animateur never
forgets to input and encourage the use of French
in a fun way throughout the day. After
breakfast, the group will collect their packed
lunches, meet their animateur and board their
coach for their day excursion(s). Here is a
range of the local visits on offer!
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The French Market
More than a spot of shopping, the pupils have to
take part in a questionnaire whilst discovering
the lovely colours, smells and tastes of the
quintessential French market. The pupils will
see all kinds of stalls, including fruits and
vegetables of the season, fresh fish and sea
food, and French livestock such as chickens and
rabbits.
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Le Mont St Michel
Probably the most impressive sight in Normandy,
the Mont St Michel is a feat of medieval
architecture. The village consists of a blend of
cobbled lanes, medieval houses, shops and cafés
where the students can practise their skills and
buy souvenirs. It is also possible to approach
the Mont by crossing on the tidal causeway with
one of our expert French native guides
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St Malo
Our region is rich in towns where every stone is
steeped in history, with medieval ramparts
perched over picturesque valleys. One of the
finest is St Malo, with its magnificent
cathedral, Wax Museum and the Old Market Hall,
shops with local crafts and open markets. This
the perfect opportunity for a town trail or even
free time for shopping.
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Bayeux Town and Tapisserie
Start your visit with a quick tour of the town
centre of Bayeux, including the magnificent
medieval cathedral. This visit can be combined
with the weekly market. You can also visit the
Bayeux Tapestry, a unique 70m long document, made
in the 11th century of woollen embroidery on
linen cloth. The tapestry tells the epic story
leading up to the Battle of Hastings and the
defeat of King Harold by William the Conqueror.
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Arromanches and the Landing beaches
For a real historic account of WW2, the town of
Arromanches is the perfect place to start. The
group can visit the D-Day landing museum, which
relates the importance of Arromanches and its
man-made mulberries resulting in the Allies
success during WW2. The group can then visit
the famous 360 cinema, a must-see which shows
unreleased footage from war correspondents,
filmed on D-Day. After lunch, the group can then
travel through the different landing beaches and
learn about the stories and events on D-Day.
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The Goats Cheese Farm
Based in a quintessential Normandy farmhouse,
come and meet our goats cheese expert, who will
be delighted to teach you all about his work.
In a visit specifically designed for school
groups, the children will learn all about the
different steps of goats cheese-making as well
as get the chance to stroke the goats, feed
them, milk them and even try their milk! This is
definitely a visit not to miss!!
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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
This is the perfect opportunity for the pupils to
let their hair down, but the animateurs still
run each event with French in mind. Evening
entertainment includes French Night (French quiz,
fancy dress and snail tasting!), film night,
initiative exercises, its a knockout, treasure
hun
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RETURN
The group will return to school on (date) TIME
Leave the La Grand Ferme TIME-TIME
Caen-Portsmouth crossing TIME Arrive at school
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ANYQUESTIONS?
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