Battlefields school trips
Help your students understand the devastating conflicts of the past through WWI battlefield tours and organised trips to historic sites of WWII. Your group will discover and learn about important historical places on these tours by visiting landmarks such as the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, experience the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate and walk through Tyne Cot, the largest British and Commonwealth Cemetery in the world.
Our specialists have put together a number of itineraries specific to the history of relevant countries and can also tailor make a tour to the specific needs of a group. Students will visit memorials and landmarks that link with the curriculum that they learn in the classroom and will also have time to explore famous sights.
We are the government provider of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours and run this programme in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education. The programme aims to take two pupils and one teacher from every state funded school in the UK to the WWI Battlefields in Ypres and the Somme. So far, over 4,500 students and teachers from 1,500 schools across England have taken part. And it’s not just relevant to the History department. New for autumn 2017 are English Literature themed tours, including battlefield sites that inspired First World War related poems, novels and plays. The government funding culminates in spring 2019 so any eligible schools not yet registered should do so today before it’s too late.
Enquiry Based Learning
Working in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education we have developed an enquiry based approach for First World War battlefields tours to the Somme and Ypres that focuses on student-led learning. Promoting a deeper understanding of the First World War and themes related to this subject, groups will receive high quality materials and participate in activities that provide an engaging and educational framework. Find out more here.