Humanities School trips to North Wales (1 or 2 days)

Our Humanities school trips for Key Stage 3 students to North Wales covers a number of key themes in the National Curriculum orders for Geography & History as well as Religious Studies.  We have Humanities specialists available to discuss your specific requirements & can offer the services of several guides, all of which have experience of teaching Key Stage 3 Humanities.

One-Day Tours:  A one-day version of the itinerary below can be arranged for schools within approximately 120 miles of North Wales. We recommend three days for schools travelling from further afield. Prices on application.


Itinerary

 

Day One

        Geography Venues Betwsycoed1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • School pick-up (time dependent on location) & travel to North Wales
  • Typically, departure will be between 06.00 & 08.00 hours
  • Visit one venue / location from any of the lists opposite
  • Check-in at accommodation followed by evening meal
  • Electric Mountain
  • Nant Ffrancon Valley
  • Betws-y-Coed
  • Great Orme

 

 

Nant Ffrancon U shaped Valley

 


 

Day Two

 

 

    History Venues

  • Depart accommodation after breakfast
  • Choose two venues / locations from any of the lists opposite
  • 16.30 hours (approx):  Depart from North Wales & return to school
  • Some venues charge admission whilst other are free to schools. Please bear this in mind when choosing venues as this will affect the price. For further information on venue admission fees please contact our office.
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Basingwerk Abbey
  • Chester Cathedral
  • Plas Mawr
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Add an Extra Day....

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  • Extend your tour to include more visits from the lists opposite
  • Ideal for schools wishing to combine this tour with our Liverpool study tours: History (Battle of the Atlantic) or Geography (Rebranding a City)
  • We are happy to tailor the itinerary to suit your particular requirements
  • Chester Cathedral
  • Holywell
  • Basingwerk Abbey
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
 
         
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Themes

 

North Wales & Chester

       Main Themes
 
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Caernarfon Castle

 

  • The Church, State and society in Medieval Britain 1066 - 1509
 
  • Development of the Church, State & society in Britain 1509-1745
 
  • National Parks: landscape & resource management
 
  • Glacial landforms & processes
 
  • Impact of tourism
 
  • Places of Worship: Christian and Catholic
 
  • Miracles, pilgrimage & martyrdom
 
  • Religious expression through art and architecture
 
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Curriculum

 

Pre-Tour

      Nant Ffrancon Valley
 
 
  • England & Wales in the 13th century
  • National Parks & the impact of tourism
  • Places of worship & their role in the community
 
 

North Wales

     
  • The Welsh Rebellion, 1294 & Edward I's response
  • Location of Edward's Castles
  • Role of castles & military control
  • Castle design & defences
 
  • Exploiting natural resources
  • Impact of tourism
  • Glacial landforms & processes
  • Conservation & sustainable development
  • Comparing Christian traditions
  • Miracles
  • Martyrdom
  • Religious pilgrimage
  • Symbolism
 

Post-Tour

     
  • Edward I's legacy in England & Wales
  • What is the future for National Parks
  • Similarities & differences in religious beliefs
 

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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3
  Conwy Castle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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
 
  • Use a combination of both your own & our materials
 
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail & background information on each location visited
  • Maps, illustrations & diagrams
  • Timeline (History)
  • 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 learning objectives
  • Suggested answers & 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 can also be used for post-tour follow-up
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Key concepts
  • Understand, analyse & evaluate evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

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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 Geography 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.
 

 

Julian Maslin BSc, MSc, PGCE

 

 

Julian has worked for Galina as a Geography Guide since 2011, helping to design many of our new geography tours to London & Dorset & further developing our Paris urban fieldwork.

Julian has more than 30 years' experience teaching Geography & Earth Sciences in Staffordshire. He has also been an examiner at GCSE & A-level.

"Excellent; the tour was exactly as described. Julian also added a few extra things that he thought would be of interest to our students. He was extremely knowledgeable & the students were very interested in what he had to say."

Cirencester, Deer Park School

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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

 

Accommodation

  YHA Conwy

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

 

YHA Conwy

   

YHA Conwy is situated on a hillside ten minutes' walk from the centre of town. Conwy Castle & town walls are less than a mile from the hostel. The beach is also easily accessible. Llandudno is five miles from Conwy & Caernarfon Castle is 20 miles (or a half-hour drive) away. Nant Ffrancon Valley, Llanberis, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Dinorwig & Electric Mountain are all within 20-25 miles.

 

 
YHA Conwy Bedroom

YHA Conwy Dining Room

 

YHA Conwy Lounge  

Accommodation

     
  • Capacity for 82 guests in 25 rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people / bunk beds
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • TV lounge
  • Restaurant, bar & lounge area
  • Observation area
  • Roof terrace & Garden
  • Games room
  • Meeting room for hire
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Coach parking
 
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Castles Gallery

     
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Testimonials

 

Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

"Excellent!  Very informative and enjoyable for all."

 

Mellow Lane School, Hayes, Middlesex

"We had a wonderful time.  I was very impressed with the guide's knowledge – he was fantastic.  I shall definitely be using Galina again!"

 

Ardingly College, West Sussex

"Excellent preparations ensured things went very smoothly.  Thank you very much."

 

Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green, London

"Superb drivers – flexible, amenable and well-organised."
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