History school trips to Normandy
A perfect destination for KS3 students to get under the skin of either the Norman Conquest or World War II, Normandy also offers some fascinating insights for GCSE students focussing on Norman England. Potential Norman sites include William the Conqueror’s castle in Falaise and the Bayeux Tapestry, a fantastic example of early political spin, which depicts the conquest of England from a Norman perspective.
Theme: Orientation and Geographical significance of Normandy
- Depart for Normandy
- Arrive at accommodation
Theme: The Second World War – D-Day Landings
- Visit the D-Day landing beaches of Juno, Omaha and Gold
- Arromanches 360 cinema
- • D-Day landing museum
Theme: The Norman Conquest
- Visit to see the Bayeux Tapestry
- Falaise Castle
Theme: The Hundred Years War
- Visit to Honfleur
Case Study opportunities
The Development of Church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509
The Norman Conquest
- The Bayeux Tapestry
- Bayeux Cathedral
- Falaise Castle
The Second World War
- D-Day landing beaches (Omaha, Juno and Gold)
- Juno Beach Centre
- Aromanches 360 cinema
- D-Day landings museum Arromanches
- American Cemetery
Suggested GCSE links
Suggested Education links (For History GCSE from 2016)
AQA GCSE History (8145)
2C Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day
- Part one: Conquered and conqurors
Norman England, c1066-c1100
- The Normans: conquest and control
OCR History A (Explaining the modern world)
Migration to Britain c.1000 to c.2010 (J410/08)
Power: Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to 2014 (J410/09)
War and British Society c.790 to c.2010 (J410/10)
OCR History B (Schools History Project)
The Norman conquest 1065-1087
- Invasion and Victory
Pearson (EDEXCEL) GCSE (9-1) History (1HI0)
Option B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
- The last years of Edward the Confessor and the succession crisis
- The rival claimants for the throne
1A. Conflict and upheaval: England, 1337-1381
- The start of the Hundred Years War
- The course of the Hundred Years War
- Designed for school groups
- All you need for your groups
Designed for school groups, the UNCMT Tailleville is located in a rural location.
Location: Located between Caen and Bayeux.
Facilities: Multiple classrooms and activity rooms, a TV room and plenty of outdoors space.
Accommodation: Sleeps 132 people over 2 buildings.
Meals: Meals available.
- Only a few steps away from the beach
- Purpose built holiday centre
By the sea in Houlgate, this purpose-built accommodation ticks all the boxes for a school trip to Normandy!
Location: Located in Houlgate, this centre is only a few steps away from the beach, set within 1 hectar of private parkland.
Facilities: Recreation spaces which include; a meeting room with projecter, TV room with DVD player and sofas, disco room, games room, and outdoor area for activities. There is also an on-site restaurant.
Accommodation: 19 rooms which sleep 2-6 people (some rooms are duplex). All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Meals: Meals available.
Bon Sejour La Plage
- Close to the beach in Merville
- Heated swimming pool with slides
Great facilities on site with access to a large sandy beach (with no roads to cross to get there) and indoor heated pool with water slides.
Location: Located in Merville, within its own grounds on the beach.
Facilities: Huge grassy area to play games, tennis/basket ball courts, heated pool with slides, Wi-Fi, teachers lounge, TV room, classrooms and a games room.
Accommodation: Spacious rooms which sleep 2 to 8 people, all with en-suite facilities.
Meals: There is an on-site restaurant at this facility.
- Centrally located right on the beach
- Indoor heated pool
This centre is fantastic and situated right on the beach in the lovely village of Asnelles and has an indoor heated swimming pool.
Location: Located in the small coastal village of Asnelles, a stone’s throw from Arromanches.
Facilities: 24 hr reception, Meeting rooms, Dining room with sea view, recreation room, Volleyball/Basketball/Football area, Large grassy area and an indoor heated pool.
Accommodation: Sleeps 150 people over 2 buildings plus an annexe of chalet style accommodation. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Meals: Full Board- continental breakfasts, packed lunches and 3 course evening meals using local produce and in season vegetables.
Subject Specific Excursions
Guild of Battlefield Guided Tours
Take advantage of our excellent tour guides to enhance your students understanding of the events which took place. Each of our five guides have many years of experience undertaking tours to Normandy, and will provide your group with an engaging and insightful experience – this is an opportunity not to be missed!
Arromanches 360° cinema
The Arromanches 360, created for the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, presents an exceptional film, "The Price of Freedom". Projected on 9 screens in a circular cinema, this gives a very vivid explanation of what happened and why.
D-Day Landings Museum, Arromanches
Using a scale model and a film, this museum shows how the formidable challenge of creating the Arromanches artificial harbour was managed. The liberation of Normandy is displayed through an exhibition and military equipment.
Bayeux Tapestry Museum
The famous medieval tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The visit includes a preparation section where models, maps, photos, text and a film interpret the historical context of the tapestry and explain the scenes it depicts.
Juno Beach Centre
The centre presents the war effort made by all Canadians, civilian and military alike, both at home and on the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the manifold faces of contemporary Canadian society.
Bayeux: Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum
Located just a few minutes from the Landing Beaches this museum offers a detailed presentation of the conflicts which unfurled in Normandy between 7th June and 29th August 1944. The exhibition includes equipment, uniforms, themed areas and a short film of archive material.
Pegasus Bridge Museum
Follow the heroic story of the flight to Normandy and the capture of this vital location. Walk across the original bridge and peek into the astonishing gliders; this visit presents a relatively easy to understand and important event of WWII history.
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