The War Poetry of Ypres, the Somme & Passchendaele (3 or 4 Days)

Britain began the war with a small professional army supplemented by territorials.  Greatly expanded, by 1917, this army was composed of volunteers and reluctant conscripts.  Grand ideals had been crushed by the experience of the Somme.  Optimism was replaced by disillusionment, cynicism and, finally, resentment.  The poetry was now concerned with the specific, the personal and the everyday reality of war rather than abstract concepts.  The language used reflected the change of emphasis.  Increasingly vitriolic and questioning, it became, at once, an historical preserver, a contemporary analysis and a barometer of opinion which highlighted a growing divergence between attitudes on the Home Front as opposed to the Western Front.  A tour of Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele places the poetry of the Great War in its proper context.  Poems will be considered in order of composition and in locations which help explain their origin, the circumstances which inspired their creation and each poet's motivation.

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Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

  Ypres Cloth Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation
  • First night: Ypres
 
 

Day Two:  Ypres, 1914-16

 
  • Gheluvelt Plateau & Hooge: the high ground at Ypres
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge Gas Attack
  • Ypres: Cloth Hall
  • Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs
  • Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
  • Menin Road & Hellfire Corner
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate at 20.00 hours
  • Second night: Ypres
 
 

Tyne Cot Memorial Panels

 
 

Day Three:  The Somme, 1916

 
  • Mansel Copse & Devonshire Cemetery (Hodgson's grave)
  • Dartmoor Cemetery
  • Ovillers & "Mash" Valley
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Newfoundland Park
  • Serre (Pals' battalions)
  • Third night: Ypres
 
 

Day Four:  Passchendaele, 1917

 
  • Hill 60 & Caterpiller Crater
  • Dochy Farm
  • Passchendaele Ridge
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off
 
 
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Content

 

Relevant AS/A2 Specifications

      German Mauser Rifles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  • AQA:  English Literature A - Paper 2A: WWI and its aftermath (Regeneration, Birdsong, Oh! What a Lovely War, Journey's End, Up the Line to Death, Scars Upon My Heart etc, Stallworthy)
  • OCR: English Literature - Component 03: Literature Post 1900 - War through Time
  • Eduqas / WJEC : English Language & Literature - Component 4: Critical & creative genre study - War/Conflict (Testament of Youth, Birdsong)
  • AO3: the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

 
 

Aspects of War

     
  • The outbreak of war & the volunteering spirit
  • First experiences of combat
  • Stalemate & trench warfare
  • Gas warfare
  • Perceptions of the enemy
  • Officers & men
  • Army discipline
  • Conditions & daily life in the trenches & underground
  • Medical provision & casualty evacuation
  • Mounting losses & burial of the dead
  • Memorialisation
  • Pals on the Somme
 
  • Attrition on the Western Front
  • Attitudes on the Home Front
  • Conduct of the war
  • Changing face of the British Army: Regulars, Territorials, volunteers & conscripts
  • The end of the war
 

Historical Background

     
  • 1870-1914: A Changing Europe
  • Causes of WWI & the Schlieffen Plan
  • 1914: Mobile Warfare
  • Race to the Sea & 1st battle of Ypres
  • The German Western Front
  • Trenches Established
  • 1915: Stalemate
  • 2nd battle of Ypres: Gas
  • Battle for Artois
  • 1916: Battle of the Somme
  • Relationship of the Somme to Ypres & Verdun
  • 1917: German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line & the British pursuit
  • Battle of Savy Wood & Manchester Hill
  • 3rd Ypres: Passchendaele
  • Tanks at Cambrai
  • 1918: The Year of Victory
  • Ludendorff's Offensive
  • The Advance to Victory
  • Breaking the Hindenburg Line & battle of the Sambre
 
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your AS/A2
  Queens CWGC Somme
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

Our study materials are designed by teachers with examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

 
  • Use our study materials exclusively
  • Use your own study materials
 
 
  • Use a combination of your own & our materials
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information 
  • Maps & a time line of events
  • Discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

     
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
 
  • Study materials on are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Passchendaele Museum British Trench

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Robin Stewart, BEd, DSME, Cert Ed

   

 

 

Robin Stewart
 

Robin has taught English Language, Literature & Drama in both secondary & higher education. He has organised numerous residential experiences for students including theatrical productions, sports & battlefield tours during his teaching career. Robin has worked as a guide with Galina since January 2008, leading tours to the battlefields of the Western Front & Normandy as well as RS & History tours to the Netherlands.

Robin has over 35 years' experience as a teacher & lecturer in Sunderland. Prior to becoming a guide, Robin led school groups as a client with Galina.

"Robin brought the poetry to life through his wonderful readings. The students were most impressed and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Exceptional."

Chichester High School for Girls, West Sussex

   

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

    Pax Hotel Dixmuide
 
 

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 
 
4* Pax Hotel, Dixmuide
   

The Pax is a five-minute walk from the town centre & twenty minutes from Ypres by coach. It is a family-owned hotel which is part of the Best Western group. Evening meals are taken in the de Vrede Hotel in the Grote Markt of Diksmuide which is also owned by the same family.

 

 
 Pax Dixmuide Bedroom Pax Dixmuide Breakfast Room

 

Pax Dixmuide Bar 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 100 students & staff in 37 bedrooms on 4 floors (access via lift/stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Multi-bedded rooms
  • Breakfast room
  • Meeting room
  • Games room/computer area
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Coach parking
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Menin Gate, Ypres

    Menin Gate Hotel
 
 
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The Menin Gate Hotel is situated opposite the Menin Gate & Ypres Ramparts and just a short walk away from the Grote Market in the centre of town. Evening meals are taken in one of several restaurants in the main square.  The Menin Gate Hotel is part of a group of hotels owned by the same company that also includes the Salient & Poppies Hotels.  All are maintained to the same high standard.

 

 
Menin Gate Student Bed Room

 

Menin Gate Dining Room Menin Gate Staff Lounge  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 11 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Large TV & free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking nearby
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Poppies, Albert

    Poppies Albert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Poppies Albert is situated 5 minutes' walk away from the Albert Basilica in the town centre.  Evening meals are taken in a restaurant also near the town centre. Each floor in the hotel can take a group.  An access code is required to open the main door to each floor from the outside so groups can be kept securely separate.  The hotel is ideally placed for schools visiting the Somme battlefield.      

 
 

Poppies Albert Student Bedroom

Poppies Albert Dining Room

 

Poppies Albert Games Room  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 186 students & staff in 48 bedrooms on 3 floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single & bunk beds
  • Breakfast room
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Free WiFi
  • Staff lounge & minibar
  • Coach parking
 
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Chestnut Grove School, Balham, London

"Excellent organisation and very useful risk assessment. Very happy indeed."

 

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington

"Stan, the driver, was, as usual, professional, polite and competent; he really made the trip a success. Excellent!"

 

Farnham College, Surrey

"Dominique's assistance was, as usual, excellent. Terry, the driver, was superb – helpful, supportive and a real pleasure to have accompany us on the trip."

 

Worcester Sixth Form College

"Organisation and information was excellent. A new handout of the battles was a very helpful addition this year. As always, we were very happy with the help, advice and organisation of the tour."
  Tyne Cot At the going down of the sun
 
 

 
 
 
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