Trips and Activities
Year 7 trip to the Tower of London
For year 7, Medieval and Tudor history are important parts of the curriculum and we visit the Tower of London in the summer term to help them learn about it. Pupils are able to explore the Medieval White Tower and the exhibitions inside, as well as looking at Traitor’s Gate through which figures including Elizabeth I and Guy Fawkes entered the Tower. Students also have the opportunity to explore the Tower Grounds and see the Crown Jewels. Students will be able to examine a range of artefacts, including clothing, household items and weaponry as well as the architecture of the buildings to help them complete a range of activities throughout the day.
Year 8 ‘Living History Day’ – WW1: Life in the Trenches
As part of their study of the First World War, Year 8 take part in a Living History Day. This takes the form of a visit from a World War One ‘Veteran’ (a military expert who has appeared in and assisted with numerous television programmes and documentaries), who will bring the life of a soldier alive with demonstrations of weapons and equipment, anecdotes and great information. Other activities throughout the day include looking at the human cost of the war, new weapons and tactics as well as looking at how the war was seen at the time through poems, letters and newspapers. It is a moving and informative day which will develop their understanding of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever seen.
GCSE trip to the First World War Battlefields (Belgium and France)
This is a four day trip which helps broaden and develop students understanding of an exam topic they study in the second half of Year 10 (Britain 1890-1918). It also builds on the knowledge gained in Year 9 when they study WW1. Below is a very brief outline of what the trip includes:
The first day involves a visit to Vimy Ridge to visit the tunnels and the memorial to the Canadian Troops who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Day two is spent around Ypres near our accommodation (http://www.oudeabdij.com/) and we visit a number of sites including preserved trenches, museums and Tyne Cot Cemetery which is on the site of the Battle of Passendale. The day is ended by participation in the Last Post Ceremony which takes place every day at the Menin Gate.
On the third day, we travel south into France to visit sites from the infamous Battle of the Somme. Visits here include the Thiepval Memorial, the Lochnagar Mine Crater, the Ulster Memorial Tower, Delville Wood and Newfoundland Memorial Park.
In the evening we stay at a hotel in Paris, tour Paris in the evening or visit the Eiffel Tower and spend the final day at a theme park for some well earned rest and relaxation!
A Level trip to Berlin
Year 12 students are taken to Berlin in July, as part of enrichment week, to experience one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Students are shown the sites by hand-chosen expert guides, who know the hidden tales behind the famous landmarks. Students will learn how Berlin flourished after German unification in the 19th century, to witnessing the impact on Berlin of the Nazi Reich, the Communist divide, and of the reunification had on the people and the city. The trip ties in not only with Year 9, GCSE and Year 12 History, as well as the German AS course who are also invited.
The students will be whisked away on a walking tour as soon as they check in to their hostel in order to fully embrace and understand Berlin. The first tour will examine the creation of Berlin, and its emergence as a European hub, coinciding with the rise to power of the Nazi Party. Over the weekend the students will continue their exploration of Berlin, taking in the famous sites of the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, SS Headquarters, the Berlin Wall, Under din Linden and major museums such as the Jewish Museum, the DDR Museum (complete with Cold War nuclear bunker) and the German History Museum.
A day trip is also taken to Sachsenhausen, about an hour north of Berlin, and home to a concentration camp used by both the Nazis and the Soviets in its infamous history. Standing on the grounds of the camp is something that will stay with the students for years to come.
In the last few days of the trip, students examine the Cold War and its impact on Berlin; dividing both the people and the city. Comparing conditions between East and West and seeing how key events such as the blockade and the creation and demolition of the wall contributed to the Cold War tensions will help the students put their historical knowledge of the Cold War course into perspective.
The Year 8 History Club is run by Miss Marshall at lunchtimes throughout the year. It is very popular and has covered a wide range of events and eras, some of them relevant and topical to the time of year. These have included:
- Most evil people in history
- History of Christmas
- History of Friday 13th
- History’s greatest good guys
- History of Easter
- Most common myths in history
- ‘Hidden history’ – what symbols mean and how history is located everywhere
- Celebrations from throughout history
(Mrs. Lambert often insists on a chocolate or cake element to the activity!)