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Where Are You Off to This October Half Term?

Posted in: Language

October half term is a fantastic time to enjoy a school trip. Of course, with the majority, if not all, of the trip taking place over the holidays, it limits the need to arrange staff cover, which always goes down well with the ‘powers that be’ at school. 

Plus, it means that students can benefit from their learning experiences throughout the rest of the academic year. And, in many destinations, the weather’s still pretty good!

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular destinations among our groups this October half term – perhaps it will inspire your next trip?

Modern Foreign Languages

This time of year is usually one of the most popular for MFL school trips, and this year is no exception, with loads of you heading to France, Spain and Germany to get your students talking. 

Many opt for the Language Study Tour option at this time of the year. These trips include language lessons, cultural activities and host family accommodation (except in Germany, where this is no longer available). 

This option is ideal preparation for exams, as your students will be taught by highly qualified native speakers in the mornings (usually) before putting their language skills to the test during cultural activities or sightseeing in the afternoons. 

As you’re able to agree the lesson content with the language school teacher in advance, you can be certain that your students will return home having met your specific learning objectives. And, having had practical experience in using the target language, their confidence will have been boosted too!

Our most popular Language Study Tour destinations this October half term are Montpellier, Nice and Lyon in France, and Granada in Spain – all cities which boast a wealth of culture for your students to explore. 

Our Language Culture Tours are also popular at this time of year. Serving more as an introduction to the country in which the target language is spoken, these trips are an excellent opportunity for your students to immerse themselves in the culture and have what may be their first practical experience of the language on a day-to-day basis. 

The most popular destinations for these trips over October half term are Normandy and the Opal Coast in France, Barcelona and Andalusia in Spain, and Berlin and the Rhineland in Germany. 

History

Our most popular destinations for history over this half term are Berlin, Krakow and Ypres

All three of these destinations can get very chilly over the winter, so visiting during October half term should mean you find slightly warmer temperatures, making for a much more comfortable trip for all!

Several groups this half term are choosing to visit both Berlin and Krakow as a multi-centre tour, which is a great way to ensure that your students gain a deeper understanding of the Nazis and the Holocaust. In Berlin, they’ll learn about the Nazis’ rise to power and what life was like in Nazi Germany, before travelling to Krakow, where they’ll visit Auschwitz to get a better idea of the full scale and horror of the Holocaust. 

And it’s no surprise that the WW1 battlefields are popular this half term - as next month marks the end of the centenary commemorations, groups are taking a last chance to visit the battlefields during this historic moment. 

Geography

The geographers are out in force too this October half term! Our most popular geography destinations are Sicily, Iceland and the Swiss Alps

All three of these destinations offer the groups to see some spectacular landscapes that are so completely unlike any they’ll find in the UK. Whether they’re exploring volcanoes, geysers or glaciers, they’ll have the unforgettable experience of witnessing geography in action – which will come in particularly handy for those preparing for exams. 

Their own physical experiences will not only deepen their understanding, it should also help them to recall information under pressure! 

And some are visiting more far-flung destinations!

Some of our groups are taking a real adventure this half term, with destinations such as India, Vietnam, Toronto and New York all popular choices. 

In the case of India and Vietnam, these trips offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture that is very different to their own. They’ll try food they’ve never tried before, they’ll enjoy a number of experiences that they’ve never experienced before and they may experience a bit of a culture shock – but all of this will really help to broaden their horizons and make them better global citizens. 

And, although they may be more familiar with the culture of the USA and Canada, students visiting those destinations will still find plenty of new experiences to enjoy and inspire them!

Make sure you don’t miss out next October!

The best way to secure the options you want is to book early. So why not contact us now to start planning next year’s October half term trip?

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