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La Grand' Ferme school trip, France

Based in our own centre in Normandy, this residential French language immersion programme offers a fun mix of cultural visits and excursions with some on-site activities.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks

The perfect French-language centre in Normandy for school groups

Led by our French animateur team, our language immersion programme at La Grand’Ferme, uses excursions to local attractions to completely immerse your students in the history and culture of the region, allowing them to practise their French by interacting with native speakers in real-life situations. Our animateurs will encourage your students to speak French at every possible opportunity, helping to improve their confidence and language skills both inside and outside the classroom. The rest of the programme is composed of engaging on-site activities which are of course, all taught in French and reinforced through our bespoke workbook given to each student.

During a typical 5-day trip, your students will have more exposure to speaking and listening to French than is possible in a whole term of formal lessons back at school. Your students will have so much fun, they will hardly notice how much they are improving their French and growing in confidence, which translates to a classroom full of energised and able students upon your return to school.

Sample 5-day itinerary

 Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Centre orientation
  • Treasure hunt

 Day 2

  • Local French market mission
  • Goat's cheese farm
  • Swimming

 Day 3

  • Kayaking
  • Circus skills
  • Mont Saint-Michel bay walk
  • Ice cream tasting
  • Swimming

 Day 4

  • Postcard writing
  • Bread making
  • Avranches town visit
  • Hypermarket shopping
  • Farewell party

 Day 5

  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
  • Colleville-sur-Mer picnic
  • Depart
  • Arrive home

Ideally located nearby local attractions

With a stunning view towards Le Mont Saint-Michel, La Grand’ Ferme is our gîte-style centre located just 2km from the coast. Consisting of a unique set of converted buildings within 3 acres of its own grounds, La Grand’ Ferme provides a safe and car-free environment which is ideally suited for school trips with plenty of on-site amenities such as a sports court, a large games room, petting animals, heated outdoor swimming pool, football pitch and beach volley ball. What’s more, your school will have the benefit of 24-hour care and supervision from our experienced managers who live on-site.

Select the appropriate excursion to build a bespoke trip tailored to your students and learning objectives.

Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Goat farm
French goat cheese farm
Avranches excursion
Avranches
Normandy american cemetery and memorial
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Local French Market Excursion v2
Local French market
Saint Malo
Saint-Malo
Dinan France
Dinan
Granville
Granville
Caen memorial sculpture
Caen Memorial Museum
Omaha Beach
Local Beaches
Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux
Bell
Villedieu-Les-Poêles
Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

This island and its surrounding bay are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Scale the cobblestoned streets to reach the churches and the famous gothic-style abbey. Groups with an Animateur will experience a guided barefoot walk across the bay, which is a highlight for students.

Goat farm

French goat cheese farm

Meet the goats and learn how goat cheese is made. Try some too!

Avranches excursion

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Avranches

Explore the quaint traditional town in Normandy and interact with the locals

Normandy american cemetery and memorial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Visit the memorial to the fallen soldiers of WWII to gain a greater understanding of the loss of life and the human effects of the war.

Local French Market Excursion v2

Local French market

A chance for students to be immersed in local culture and produce and to pick up some souvenirs, a visit to the market is a great opportunity for learners to interact in French with the welcoming stall owners.

Saint Malo

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a historic walled city with a surrounding beach. Central to the cobblestoned old town is the Roman Catholic Saint-Malo Cathedral. Popular visits also include the town museum and the Great Aquarium, home to 11,000 marine animals.

Dinan France

Dinan

Visiting Dinan is like taking your students back in time. This medieval walled town is full of charm thanks to its 13th-century castle, river, narrow streets and magnificently preserved timber clad buildings.

Granville

Granville

The seaside resort of Granville is a historic fishing port with views towards Jersey and Guernsey. Students of fashion and design will be particularly interested in visting Musée Christian Dior to tour the exhibition housed in the fashion designer's childhood home.

Caen memorial sculpture

Caen Memorial Museum

The port city of Caen features a castle built by William the Conquerer but is of most interest to our groups for the Caen Memorial Museum, which is an essential stop for students studying WWII and the Battle for Caen. There is also a section on the Cold War.

Omaha Beach

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Local Beaches

If you'd like to factor in some time for your group on the beach, your animateur will be happy to organise a picnic or beach games on one of Normandy's many sandy beaches. Your animateur can also lead a coastal walk where students learn about the local wildlife.

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux

Famous as the home of the 70 metre-long Bayeux Tapestry, the medieval town is also home to the largest British military cemetery in France, making it a key destination for groups studying the history of conflict.

Bell

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Villedieu-Les-Poêles

Just 15 minutes from Château de la Baudonnière, groups can visit the town's Bell Foundry, Copper Workshop and Pewter Museum. It is rich in history and has a bustling morning market every Tuesday.

activities Bread Making
Bread making
Radeaux
Kayaking
activities Orienteering
Orienteering
activities Initiative Exercises
Team-building games
activities Archery
Archery
Climbing activity photo
Climbing
activities Assault Course
Assault course
fencing
Fencing
activities Circus skills
Circus skills
activities Aeroball
Aeroball
activities Photography
Photo developing
activities Bread Making

Bread making

Suitable for all ages bread making is not just a case of making bread, it’s also a golden opportunity to practise your singing talents, as we sing French songs. Students will be guided from the very beginning with simple French instructions. From the measuring of the flour to the kneading of the bread, this activity will keep their enthusiasm going throughout. They will even get to taste the fruits of their hard work as their bread will be baked in time for the evening meal.

Radeaux

Kayaking

Kayaking sessions are conducted on our on-site lake. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will master various skills in a very safe and fun environment. Students should be confident in water, but do not need to be excellent swimmers. Raft building is a team-building exercise, where the group has the task of making their own raft with some ropes, barrels and plenty of patience.

activities Orienteering

Orienteering

The students will be taught map reading in French using orienteering games and courses in the Château grounds. As well as using French language for features, directions and map symbols the team orienteering challenges will involve other French language quizzes along with finding the control markers.

activities Initiative Exercises

Team-building games

On location in the Château forest, tasks are set for each group to encourage the students to work together. These team-building and problem-solving activities are challenging, fun and require good communication skills and a lot of team spirit.

activities Archery

Archery

Archery is conducted on the Château’s own archery range, where the pupils get the chance to be a Robin Hood. After the obligatory safety talk and explanation of the equipment, the students shoot the arrows onto targets, an excellent opportunity to practice French numbers (scores) and directions. All this followed by a balloon shooting competition!

Climbing activity photo

Climbing

Climbing sessions take place on the Château’s own climbing wall which is suitable for students of any age. After issuing equipment and explaining the safety procedures, the students will climb various paths on the wall. They will use commands in French to each other and will learn French words for movements and parts of the body.

activities Assault Course

Assault course

This popular session is held on our purpose-built assault course in the Château grounds. Explanations are done in French and pupils repeat action statements before being allowed to do each obstacle. Ideal for practising popular verbs and the use of prepositions. Usually rather wet and muddy, the students enjoy finishing off the session with a run against the clock and a dip in the river!

fencing

Fencing

Fencing takes place at the Château in one of our purpose-built fencing rooms and is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to learn French in a safe and fun environment, as well as learning about the safety and the equipment. This activity also encourages the students to practice new phrases in French as well as enjoying the fencing itself.

activities Circus skills

Circus skills

Enables pupils to discover the art of circus on an artistic as well as technical level. Students are introduced to juggling, diabolo and other circus equipment in a fun and educational manner. The French spoken during this activity is very varied and is based on using the names of the equipment (stick, balls, diabolo...), action verbs (to walk, to move...), directions (left, right, up, down...), colours (orange, red, green...), numbers (one, two, three...).

activities Aeroball

Aeroball

Aeroball is a fun, totally unique sport! The trampoline-basketball-volleyball game is suitable for all ages and is played by two teams of 2. Simple instructions are given in French and the students will have the chance to learn/practise the vocabulary for the body parts. It’s also a great opportunity to practise the numbers (scoring and counting down the end of the match). Aeroball is quickly becoming a favourite activity for students and teachers alike!

activities Photography

Photo developing

This activity is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of French while capturing an image from their activity, be it a leaf or a flower or their very own design. Using our dark room we can develop the image onto paper for the students to take away with them.

Our French language immersion programme includes the following as standard:

  • A fun programme of student activities led in French by our own highly trained French-native animateurs
  • On-site activities, French lessons, games and all evening entertainment
  • Local cultural excursions and off-site language activities such as guided Mont St Michel bay walk and market missions
  • French language activity workbook per student
  • Full board and lodging 
  • Your choice of return travel
  • Coach for off-site visits and excursions
  • Private lounge area for teachers
  • Evening wind-down activities for teachers such as cheese and wine tasting
  • Free teacher to student ratio of 1:10 
  • 24-hour emergency back-up service
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for two adults

 Extras to budget for:

  • Travel insurance – ask us for more details
  • Meals on journeys
  • School to airport transfers (if required)
  • Supplements for small groups, single teacher rooms and additional adults
  • Off-site excursions

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