Ypres 2018 - Year 8
This is a two night trip taking place in March 2018 and one that the History department has been running for the last three years. This has been a highly successful trip for Year 8 students in the past as it coincides with our studies of World War One and what life was like for soldiers during this time. Students study this at the time of the trip. Students will experience the trenches, craters, artillery and uniforms for themselves by visiting specific battle sites, museums and memorials. Students can additionally see items like the gas masks that were used as well as the different types of munitions that were used by both sides.
Visits include the Menin Gate where we partake in the two-minute silence to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives. At this point, students can appreciate the number of soldiers who lost their lives through the display of all the names displayed on this memorial. Students will also the site of the Battle site of Passchendale in which they will visit some of the above ground and underground trenches, hearing what life was like during the conflict. Here, students will also see the size and number of craters that affected the landscape through the bombing at this battle. Students will additionally visit the site of Vimmy Ridge and learn of the military engagement that took place between the German 6th Army and Canadian Corps in 1917.
Whilst also experiencing these specific sites, students visit both Allied and German cemeteries at different locations and will experience the scale of soldiers that were killed, appreciate some of the memorials and how the cemeteries were different for the two different sides.
In addition to this, students get some leisure time visiting the local chocolate shop in Belgium and dining out on both evenings. On the second night, there is a game of bowls in which students try to beat staff. This is a great trip for the History department as students can learn about World War One in more depth and see of the key events of the conflict first hand. This helps make the study of the World War One much more interesting as History can ‘come alive’ and give young people a chance to enhance their understanding of World War One through experience.