All aboard to Normandy!

An Historian, a Linguist, a Geographer and 25 bubbly students got onto a coach… This was the beginning of another fantastic school visit to Normandy which combined a wide range of cross-curricular activities: Medieval and Modern History, French language and culture and environmental, climatic and geographical features.

We travelled from Portsmouth to Caen via Brittany Ferries on Tuesday and stayed in a little village on the Normandy coast very close to the famous Juno Beach. On Wednesday we drove through a snow storm to visit the stunning Mont St. Michel. We walked through the cobbled streets with overhanging shops and houses jutting out at haphazard angles above our heads and climbed the steep steps up onto the ramparts to reach the Abbey. The views were awesome and the sheer size and workmanship of the Medieval Abbey breathtaking.

Fast-forwarding to the more recent past we spent the afternoon visiting the D-Day landings site of Arromanches where parts of the floating harbour can still  be seen in the bay and then rounded off the day with a visit to a French supermarket. On Thursday morning we explored the beautiful Medieval cathedral of Bayeux before viewing the world-famous Tapestry, and then drove to Caen where we made crêpes and bread at a French cookery school. Délicieux!

The students studying French at IGCSE level were able to use their language skills and develop their understanding by using a range of vocabulary and phrases while exploring the sites and ordering drinks and food. At the end of each day all the pupils completed a journal of the day’s highlights.

Our accommodation was very comfortable, the food was excellent and staff received very positive feedback about the courtesy and excellent manners of Moyles Court pupils throughout the trip.  Pupil of the day: Mardi = Ra, Mercredi = Georgia V, Jeudi = Hannah. Overall praise for outstanding behaviour and attitude to learning went to Harrison and Sam.

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