Urban Change Study: Geography School Trips to Paris (with Disneyland® Paris)

Our Geography trips to Paris focus on issues & case studies relating to re-branding, regeneration & urban sustainability & includes a recreational day in Disnelyland® Paris. Your students will discover why the Parisii tribe chose the area as a site for permanent settlement & how the city grew over time. Locations, from the geographic centre of Paris at the Île de la Cité to the large scale modern developments of La Défense & Les Halles, demonstrate how the city has evolved since the 18th century. There are several different modules available, with opportunities for primary data collection, providing contrasting studies between the modern 21st-century city & the traditional heart of Paris.     

We can tailor your visit to cover your students' specific learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss your requirements. Our Geography Specialists and guides are all ex-teachers and Heads of Geography.

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Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

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  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk
  • Onward journey to Paris
  • Check-in at accommodation
  • Half-board for three nights
 
 

Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse

 

 

Day Two:  Paris

 

 

  • Fieldwork tasks & activities provided for all case studies:
  • Morning: La Défense; Le Quatre Temps Shopping Centre; CNIT building or
  • Les Halles & Pompidou Centre
  • Afternoon: Parc Andre-Citroen (a contrasting case study to either La Défense or Les Halles) or
  • Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées & Île de la Cité
  • Evening meal
  • Optional day-time or evening activities (e.g. Seine river cruise - see leisure options for other choices)
  • Return to accommodation
 

Day Three:  Disneyland® Paris

 
 
  • Depart after breakfast for a day at Disneyland® Paris 
  • Entrance included
  • Two-park tickets available
  • Evening meal in Disneyland® Paris included
 
 

Day Four:  Return Journey

     
  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais / Dunkirk
  • Optional visit to hypermarket (time permitting)
  • Return Channel crossing
  • Travel & drop-off at school
 
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Curriculum

 

Curriculum Relevance  
National Curriculum KS3
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Human Geography: Built & managed environments, interaction between people & their environment, locating places

 
Using fieldwork to enquire, collect, analyse & draw conclusions from data gathered
 
 
 
 
GCSE & A-Level
 
 
 
 

Changes in population & strategies for growth, impact of increasing urbanisation on population growth, land use, migration

 

La Défense: Arrondissements, history, the role of EPAD, brownfield sites, establishing a CBD, different phases of building, transport, retail & commercial zones

 

Les Halles: History of the area, Napoleon's plans for Paris, Hausmannisation & renewal of Paris, regeneration of Beaubourg district, impact of tourism, trade & retail development

 
Île de la Cité: Choosing the site, population growth
 
 
 
 
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Provided
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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE & A Level 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 on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps & diagrams to assist in explanations
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • Practical information on each location visited to assist you with planning your visit

 

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
  • Tasks are available for post-tour work (Population Change in Paris)
  • Knowledge & comprehension 
  • Key Geographical concepts
  • Map skills & Sense of Place
  • 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.
 

 

Kath Murray, BSc, PGCE

   

 

Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has led numerous field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our range of UK tours.

Kath has taught in secondary schools in Runcorn for 16 years up to A-Level standard. A former Head of Geography with GCSE examining experience, she has also taught History & Religious Studies.

“Kath is an excellent tour guide, she met our objectives perfectly, she had clearly done her research on our A-Level specification beforehand. Her subject knowledge & enthusiasm was fantastic. She phoned me before the trip to introduce herself & talk through her plans, which was very reassuring.She was a fantastic asset to the trip”

Imberhorne School, West Sussex

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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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Leisure Options

 

Leisure Options

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 For many teachers (& their students) a visit to Paris is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the city. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable).   

 

 
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Free or Budget Options

 
  • Coach tour: See the sights of Paris including the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower. The major sights are illuminated at night
 
  • Arc de Triomphe: The Arc offers one of the best views of Paris. The Tomb of France's Unknown Soldier is here (a small booking fee applies to school groups).
  • Notre Dame Cathedral: Visit this great example of French Gothic architecture. You can also take time to explore the Île de la Cité
 
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Other Options

 
  • Seine river cruise: One hour tour with commentary. See the sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay & Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Eiffel Tower: Panoramic view including Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, La Défense. On a clear day, you can even see Versailles
  • Montparnasse Tower: Photograph or sketch the most iconic view of Paris from the observation deck, with the Eiffel Tower at its heart
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

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

 
 

3* Kyriad Hotel Paris Torcy

   
This hotel is located to the east of Paris in the town of Torcy. It is 30 minutes from the centre of Paris & 20 minutes from Disneyland Paris,  
    
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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • 85 rooms accommodating between 1 & 4 guests per room. Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single/twin rooms for staff 
  • Rooms equipped with TV, desk, tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • 3 meeting rooms for hire
  • Coach parking
 
         

3* Campanile Hotel Paris Le Blanc Mesnil

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The hotel is located to the north-east of Paris, 25 minutes from the city centre. Disneyland Paris is 40 minutes by coach. A bowling alley & swimming pool are nearby.
 
   
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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • 126 air-conditioned rooms on nine floors (lift to all floors)
  • Rooms accommodate two to four people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & telephone in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Terrace
  • Disabled access
  • 3 meeting rooms for hire
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
 
     

European Campus Ste Thérèse Est

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The European Campus Ste Thérèse is a former boarding school set in three hectares of woodland near the town of Ozoir-la-Ferriere, 13 miles to the south-east of Paris. It is 15 minutes away from Disneyland Paris by coach. A security deposit of €250 is payable on arrival & refundable on departure (subject to there being no damage).  
   
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  • Capacity for 203 students & staff in 57 twin, triple or quad rooms. All rooms are on one floor of the building, split into 2 wings
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • All rooms are en-suite
  • Rooms for staff include TV, telephone & tea/coffee-making facilities on request
  • 2 dining rooms
  • Computer room fitted with 32 computers (free internet access)
  • Classrooms can be hired for €50 per group
  • 250-seat amphitheatre with TV & DVD
  • Music rehearsal facilities
  • Disabled access
  • Coach parking
 
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Testimonials

 

Eggar's School, Alton, Hampshire

"Excellent administration throughout from Sue. Terry, the driver, was fantastic & brilliant with pupils. Marcus, the guide, was knowledgeable & also had excellent rapport with the students."

 

Eskdale School, Whitby, North Yorkshire

"I cannot praise Stan, the driver, highly enough. His driving skills, attitude to the students and all round helpfulness were exemplary. Another excellent tour with no problems."

 

Hillside High School, Bootle, Liverpool

"Excellent guidance & helpful advice at all stages of preparation.  Extremely enjoyable trip for both staff & pupils"

 

St. John Fisher High School, Harrogate

"An overall excellent tour. The students had a wonderful time."

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    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

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