One of the highlights of the school year, Activities Week (also sometimes called Enrichment Week) is a wonderful opportunity to broaden pupils’ horizons and enrich the curriculum. By the end of the week, many pupils will have been able to try something new, visit a new country and improve relationships with fellow pupils and teachers!
Many schools choose to offer school trips during Activities Week. If you’re thinking of arranging a trip, here are a few ideas:
Theme parks are always a fantastic option for Activities Week. Not only are they lots of fun for both staff and students, they also offer a wide range of educational opportunities, from seeing physics in action to testing out language skills.
Disneyland® Paris is still our most popular theme park trip. Of course, combining the visit with some time spent in Paris, the chic French capital, this can be a well-rounded trip that students will love. Of course, with short journey times too, this really is a great option.
But we do offer trips to other theme parks around Europe. In France, there’s Parc Astérix, which is themed around the popular French comics and is just 20 miles north of Paris. Or if you’d prefer to visit the Loire and its famous châteaux, there’s also Futuroscope – a theme park that revolves around multimedia and audio-visual techniques.
In Germany, the ever-popular Rhineland offers the opportunity to visit Phantasialand. This great theme park offers a real variety of rides suitable for everyone, from the adrenaline junkies to those who prefer slower-paced rides.
Language and Culture Trips
There really is no better way to broaden students’ horizons than by immersing them in a foreign language and culture. Which is why Activities Week is the perfect time for a Language and Culture trip!
If your students are a little younger and you want to give them a bit of an introduction to the country and its culture, then you may want to go for a slightly quieter destination. The Opal Coast in France, for example, is just a short hop across the Channel and offers endless exciting activities to choose from, away from the hubbub of the big cities.
If your students are a little older and you want them to get a real grasp of the local culture, it is hard to beat a capital city for getting a good overall view of what the country has to offer. Paris, Berlin and Madrid are always hugely popular among our groups for this reason.
And, of course, if you’re struggling to decide on a destination, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll happily discuss the pros and cons of each destination and will be pleased to advise you on the suitability for your group based on your particular requirements.
Sports tours are always a popular option for Activities Week. So, you may be interested to learn that we offer school sports tours too. Our colleagues in the Halsbury Sport team will tailor make a tour to suit your group and chosen sport.
Sports tours make such a great option for Activities Week because they teach students so much more than sport-specific skills. They offer some fantastic opportunities for personal development, including building greater resilience, independence, responsibility and confidence.
And we’re pleased to announce that new for this term we will be offering watersports tours!