War Poetry of Wilfred Owen English School Trips (3 or 4 Days)

Our War Poetry of Wilfred Owen tour will provide students with the experience to discover the locations & find out about the events which inspired Wilfred Owen to write poems such as The Sentry  & Spring Offensive.  Visit the site where Owen won his Military Cross & his last resting place at Ors. Follow in Owen's footsteps from his first experience of the front line on the Somme in 1917 to his death, in the final major battle of the war, at the Sambre-Oise Canal.  Maps & supporting notes, highlighting key features of the war, will provide an historical context to the tour.

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Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

 
Somme Anniversary
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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

Day Two:  The Somme

 
  • Serre & Munich Trench (Owen on the Somme, 1917)
  • Newfoundland Park Preserved Battlefield
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Blighty Valley
  • Crucifix Corner
 
  • Ovillers & Mash Valley
  • Dartmoor Cemetery
  • Second night: Arras / Albert 

 

Sambre Oise Canal Landscape

 
 

Day Three:  Hindenburg Line

 
  • Cerisy-Gailly Cemetery
  • Savy Wood
  • Maissemy German Cemetery
  • Riqueval Bridge
  • Joncourt
  • Third night: St Quentin
 
 

Day Four:  Sambre-Oise Canal

 
  • Swiss Cottage
  • Forester's Hut
  • Sambre-Oise Canal
  • Ors Cemetery (Owen's grave)
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off
 
 

Itinerary Planning

 
  • A 3 day version of this tour is available for schools in the south east
  • We are happy to tailor this study tour to meet with your particular requirements
 
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Content

 

Relevant GCSE Specifications

 
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  • AQA:  English Literature Paper 2: Poetry - Power and Conflict
  • Edexcel:  English Literature Componant 1: Post 1914 Literature (Journey's End); Componant 2B: Poetry since 1789 Conflict (Owen - Exposure)
  • OCR: English Literature 02A: Poetry across Time - Conflict
  • Eduqas: English Literature Component 1B: Poetry from 1789 to the Present Day
  • AO1 Develop an informed personal response
  • AO3 Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

 
 

In the Footsteps of Wilfred Owen

     
  • Wilfred Owen's background & early life
  • The Manchester Regiment
  • Owen on the Somme in 1917
  • Owen's letters referencing his poems
  • Craiglockhart
 
  • Owen's poetry before & after meeting Sassoon
  • The progress of the war
  • Changing face of the British Army from Regular & Territorials to volunteers & conscripts
  • Attritional warfare & growing criticism about the conduct of the war
  • Owen's Military Cross
  • Final poems
  • Death at the Sambre-Oise Canal
 

Historical Context

     
  • The course of the war from early mobility to the stalemate of the trenches
  • 1916: Battle of the Somme
  • Relationship of the Somme to Ypres & Verdun
  • 1917: German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line & the British pursuit to St Quentin
  • Battle of Savy Wood & Manchester Hill
  • Passchendaele
  • The 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 GCSE
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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE 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 or
 
 
  • Use a combination of both 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 are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

 
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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.
 

 

Dr David Nunn, BA (Hons), MA, MEd, PGCE, PhD

   

David Nunn

 

David has worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to research the impact of the Great War on the county & has given numerous presentations to Western Front Association branches & historical societies. His specialism is the literature of the Great War & the impact of war on Nottinghamshire. Since joining us in 2014, his guide experience includes Western Front tours for both History & English groups.

David has over 30 years' experience teaching History & English in secondary schools & lecturing to undergraduates at Derby & Nottingham Universities.

"Our tour guide was outstanding. What makes him outstanding includes his ability to communicate his passion and understanding of the conflict through stories. Simply the best!"  The Mount School, York
 

 

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

   

 

 

 

 

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

 
 

The 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  

Hotel 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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Gallery

 

      
  Somme Gallery
     
     
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  Hindenburg Line Gallery
     
     
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Testimonials

 

Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, Hayes, Middlesex

"Sue always dealt with any queries very promptly. She was helpful and extremely efficient. Kevin was an excellent driver. He was cheerful and engaged well with the students. Robin, the guide – the students learned a great deal; he read the poems beautifully. He is delightful with the students, with whom he engaged very well. Guide and driver were superb. The students said it was an experience they will remember for a long time. Thank you, Galina!"

 

Caistor Grammar School, Lincolnshire

"All aspects of administration were exemplary."

 

Chichester High School for Girls, West Sussex

"A terrific trip, largely made so by the very kind, caring and helpful Terry (the driver), and Robin brought the poetry to life through his wonderful readings. The students were most impressed and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Exceptional. Absolutely faultless. Thank you."

 

Sandbach High School, Cheshire

"Excellent support, advice and administration throughout, as usual. Hotel superb as usual.
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