War Poetry of Ypres, the Somme & Vimy Ridge English School Trips (3 or 4 Days)

Ypres, the Somme and Vimy Ridge are names that loom large in the history of the First World War and these locations provide an ideal context in which to study the poetry that the conflict produced.  Poems will be considered in order of composition and in places which help explain their origin, the circumstances which inspired their creation or each poet's motivation.  As the nature of the British Army changed (from professionals and territorials to volunteers and reluctant conscripts), so too did attitudes to the war, as exemplified by the poetry of 1917, which is markedly different to that of the jingoistic and patriotic verse of 1914.  This reflected a growing divergence of opinion between the Home Front and the Western Front. 

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Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey
 
Tyne Cot Battlefield Burials

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
  • 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
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge Gas Attack
  • Ypres: Cloth Hall
  • Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Menin Road & Hellfire Corner
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate at 20.00 hours
  • Second night: Ypres
 

 

 

 

Caribou Memorial Newfoundland Park

 
 

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: Albert
 
 
 
 

Day Four:  Vimy Ridge, 1917

 
  • Vimy Memorial
  • Reconstructed Trenches
  • Grange Tunnel
  • Visitor Centre
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off
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Content

 

Relevant GCSE Specifications

      Yorkshire Trench
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • AQA: English Literature Paper 2: Poetry (Power & Conflict)
  • Edexcel: English Literature Component 1: Post-1914 Literature (Journey's End); Component 2B: Poetry since 1789 (Conflict)
  • OCR: English Literature 02A: Exploring Poetry (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

 

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 GCSE
  Students at Queens Cemetery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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
 
 
  • 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 are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

 
Caribou Memorial Blue Sky

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

               

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

    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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Gallery

 

      
  Ypres Gallery
     
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Testimonials

 

Walworth Academy, London

"I was extremely impressed with the quality of service, support and attention to detail. It was a very special experience for our students whose background has meant they have never had such a wonderful opportunity before."

 

St Augustine's Catholic High School, Redditch

"Very, very satisfied. Excellent tour – thoroughly enjoyed it."

 

Yateley School, Hampshire

"Our trip to Ypres, Vimy, Bruges and the Somme last week was excellent in every way. Richard enthused and inspired all of our students. The coach company was superb. Thank you so much for the care and effort you put into the planning of our tour."

 

Wales High School, Sheffield

"Tony, the driver, was friendly, professional and very helpful. Accommodation – very helpful in accommodating students with special diets also. Tour guide – our second tour with Trevor – excellent again! The tour was very well-organised and beneficial to the students. Everyone involved was friendly, helpful and professional. Thanks!"
  Vimy Sunrise
 
 

 
 
 
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