Sunday, February 05, 2006

A trip to south England : In William The Conqueror’s steps – November 2005.

This year, both euroclasses from year 9 went to England in the steps of William the Conqueror. We tried to understand William’s travels. The 4C has added this trip to their “itinéraire de découverte,” Several subjects will be tackled such as the influence of the French language into the English one, the tapestry of Bayeux, William the Conqueror’s coronation day, food and clothes in the 11th century, the battle of Hastings.....

Here are the places the students visited :

Day 1
Visit of Rye
Story of Rye in the Rye Heritage centre.
Meeting with the families in Eastbourne.

Day 2
Visit of the ruins of Battle Abbey.
Visit of Buckley’s Yesterday World.
Visit of the Hastings Castle.

Day 3

Visit of Westminster Abbey
Visit of the Tower of London

Day 4
Visit of Dover Castle.

Their impressions about the trip:

“I enjoyed this trip because the history of England is very interesting and I wanted to learn more words in English. I don’t like the English food because it’s too different and I think the architecture is boring because the houses look all the same! But London is a beautiful city though. The castles are huge and the Jewels in the Tower of London are amazing. The trip on the coach was also great!”

“The trip to England was great because there was a good atmosphere. We saw beautiful monuments. There were a lot of television sets in my host family : it was bizarre! ...”

“ I think that this trip was interesting and fun – especially on the coach ! The family who welcomed us was very nice. One day we had a very pig pizza, yummy! The first time we had a shower the water was either too hot or too cold, OUCH! I was upset on the last day because the weather was very cold and windy and it rained all the time! On top of that, we had to have our lunch outside!”