History School trips to Normandy (4 Days)

On the night of 5th June, 1944 a mighty Anglo-American naval armada set out for the coast of France.  Preceded by a huge bomber force and airborne landings on the flanks of the invasion area at the Pegasus and Orne Bridges and around Ste Mère Église, a vast fleet assembled off the coast of Normandy.  Shortly before dawn on the 6th June, Allied battleships and cruisers began the bombardment of targets along the shoreline.  Operation Overlord, the greatest sea-borne invasion in history, had begun.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

  Utah Beach Sherman M4
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Three nights in Normandy
 
 
 
 

Day Two:  The British & Canadian Sector

 
  • Pegasus Bridge
  • The Merville Battery
  • Sword Beach: Hermanville
  • Juno Beach: Courseulles
  • Gold Beach: Ver-sur-Mer
  • Mont Fleury Battery
  • Arromanches: Mulberry
  • The Panzers at Periers Ridge
  • Bayeux War Cemetery
 

 

 

 

Landing Craft Gold Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three:  The American Sector

 
  • La Cambe German Cemetery
  • Ste Mère Église
  • American Airborne Museum
  • Utah Beach & Pointe du Hoc
  • Omaha Beach & Colleville American Cemetery
 
 
 
 

Day Four:  Return

 
  • Depart from accommodation after breakfast
  • Travel to Calais / Dunkirk for afternoon ferry to Dover
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off
 
 
 
 

Some alternatives you may want to visit instead......

 
  • Ranville Cemetery • Invasion Museum at Arromanches • Douvres German Radar Station • The Longues Battery • The Crisbecq Battery • Caen Memorial Museum
  • Please advise us of any other locations you would like to visit
 
 
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Visits

 

      
  D-Day Visits
     
     
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Themes

 

D-Day Landings

 

  Main Themes   LCT and Mulberry
 
 
 

B26 Marauder

  • Role intelligence & deception played in misleading the Germans as to the Allies' true intentions
  • Importance of Allied naval & air superiority
  • Failure of the German command structure
  • Airborne forces & specialist troops
  • Significance of key individuals & key moments on D-Day
 
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Curriculum

 

Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

      Pegasus Bridge
 
  • Allied Plans for Overlord
  • German Preparations
  • Eisenhower & Montgomery
  • German High Command
  • Intelligence & Deception
  • Naval & Air Power in WWII
 
 

D-Day Landings

   
  • Allied Bombing Campaign
  • Rommel & the Atlantic Wall
  • Role of French Resistance
  • German 15th Army
  • Opposing Forces on D-Day
  • Role of Airborne Troops
  • Landing Craft
  • Amphibious Operations
  • The Weather
  • Role of the British Empire
  • Infantry Tactics
  • The German Defences
  • Tank Tactics in Normandy
  • Rangers & Commandos
  • Failure of the OKW
  • Supplying the Invasion
  • Mulberry & PLUTO
  • Significance of Omaha Beach
 
 

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • The Normandy Campaign
  • Terrain:  The Bocage
  • Epsom & Goodwood
  • Operation Cobra
  • The Fall of Caen
  • The Falaise Gap
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3
  La Cambe German Cemetery
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:
 
  • use our study materials exclusively,
  • use your own study materials or
 
  • use a combination of both your own & our materials. 
 
 

The Student Pack Includes

 

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information about the war 
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of main events
  • Eye-witness accounts - both British & German
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
  • Differentiated mark schemes for written tasks
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

 

Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts

 
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Pointe du Hoc Re-enactors

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Len Trim, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

Len has taught History in Scotland to Advanced Higher level & has been an examiner for the SQA. His guiding experience includes tours to the Western Front & Normandy. His particular interests include First World War literature & airborne forces in the Second World War. 

Prior to his career in teaching, Len was a paratrooper & member of 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He also took part in the jump scenes in the filming of A Bridge Too Far.

“The tour guide really tried hard to tailor the tour to a Scottish perspective & was very flexible and helpful throughout.”

Stonelaw High School, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

 

Len Trim

 

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Normandy Accommodation

    Crocus Hotel Caen
 
 
 
 

        

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 
 

3* Crocus Hotel, Caen

   

The Crocus is situated in a quiet area on the north side of Caen not far from the Musée Memorial with direct access to the ring road. It is three miles from the city centre. The location is very convenient for visiting the British Airborne Sector & British & Canadian beaches. Bayeux is less than twenty miles away. Ste Mère Église is fifty miles distant, with fast road access.

 
 
Crocus Bedroom
 
Crocus Dining Room Crocus at Night  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • 50 bedrooms on 2 floors (access via stairs)
  • Twin , triple & quad rooms
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • TV in all rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Terrace
  • WiFi access
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Coach parking nearby
 

 

 

 

 

Le Clos de l'Ancien Pressoir, Commes

    Le Clos de lAncien Pressoir
 
 
 
 

This accommodation centre is situated in the village of Commes, not far from Port-en-Bessin & approximately six miles to the north of Bayeux & only half-a-mile from the sea. Its location makes it an ideal base for visiting the landing beaches. The building itself dates back more than 200 years & has been recently renovated although many original features have been preserved.

 
 
Le Clos Student Bedroom
 
Le Clos Dining Room Le Clos Activities Room

 

 

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 17 bedrooms on 2  floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds in student rooms
  • Dining room
  • Activities/Meeting room
  • TV room with DVD & video
  • Courtyard & garden
  • Meeting room with computer
  • Large outdoor sports area
  • Coach parking
 
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Testimonials

 

Hurworth House School, nr Darlington

"I just thought that I would drop you a line to thank you so much for all of your efforts with our recent battlefields trip. A tour of this kind depends so much on the skill and empathy of the guide. Yours were both outstanding. I hope we meet again on the Normandy visit next year."

 

Park High School, King's Lynn

"We've used you before. The reasons we moved to you are many and varied but your documentation and organisation are certainly one of them. Very business-like but also friendly. We will happily recommend Galina to anyone – by far the most helpful, friendly and efficient tour company I have dealt with."

 

Finchley Catholic High School

"Brian was excellent again as our tour guide: he certainly knows how to pitch his explanations at the right level for the students."

 

Bootham School, York

"Superb organisation – as usual! Study pack excellent as ever. To Galina's usual excellent standards. Thank you!"

  Bayeux Service Normandy 70th
 
 
 
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