Normandie a la Carte trip
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.
HEALTH & SAFETY SECURITY
It’s hard to cover all the points of health & safety at the La Grand Ferme in
5 minutes. That’s why we have a dedicated section on our website,
covering risk assessments and more. Please visit
All 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.
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
Specifically designed for school groups, all the accommodation
consist of comfortably furnished rooms with a teacher’s 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
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 children’s
tastes, is also a real French culinary
We also cater for a wide variety of
special diets including vegetarian,
vegan, no nuts, no dairy etc…
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!
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 .
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Course d’Orientation (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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The Goat’s Cheese Farm
Based in a quintessential Normandy farmhouse, come and meet our
goat’s cheese expert, who will be delighted to teach you all about his
In a visit specifically designed for school groups, the children will
learn all about the different steps of goat’s 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!!
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, it’s a knockout,
The group will return to school on (date)
TIME: Leave the La Grand Ferme
TIME-TIME: Caen-Portsmouth crossing
TIME: Arrive at school