Religious Studies School Trips to Berlin (4 Days by Air)

 

Explore Berlin & discover how Nazi ideology & racial beliefs led first to the suppression of freedom & the persecution of minorities, especially the Jews in Germany and later, to genocide in the expanded Third Reich. Your students be able will have the opportunity to consider how the Nazi regime rejected the norms of human dignity, ethics, morality & the sancitity of life in pursuit of ideas grounded in prejudice & a hatred fed by anti-semitism. The tour includes excursions to the House of the Wannsee Conference where plans for the Final Solution took shape & Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp; one of the first such camps to be established.
This study tour can be tailored to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

 

  Brandenburg Gate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  • Pick-up from school & transfer by coach to UK airport for check-in & daytime flight to Berlin.
  • Arrival in Berlin & transfer by coach to your accommodation (Half-board).
  • Check-in at accommodation followed by evening meal.
 
 
 
 

Holocaust Memorial

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day Two:  Berlin

   
  • Depart after breakfast for morning guided walking tour of central Berlin including the following locations linked to the Third Reich: The Reichstag • Brandenburg Gate • Pariserplatz & Adlon Hotel • Unter den Linden • Bebelplatz Book Burning Memorial • Wilhelmstrasse & the locations of Hitler's New Chancellery building & the nearby Führerbunker • Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry.
  • Opportunity for lunch in Alexanderplatz in former East Berlin.
  • Afternoon guided visits to the area around Checkpoint Charlie including: The sites of the SS & Gestapo Headquarters in what used to be Albrechtstrasse • Topography of Terror Exhibition • Goeing's Air Ministry Building (later used as the DDR House of Ministries & today as the German Federal Republic's Ministry of Labour) • The Berlin Wall or   
  • Visits to: The Otto Weidt Museum • Neue Synagogue • Jewish Museum.
  • End your day in central Berlin by visiting the Soviet War Memorial & Holocaust Memorial.
  • Return to accommodation followed by evening meal.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day Three: Wannsee & Sachsenhausen

 
  • Depart after breakfast for a morning excursion to the House of the Wannsee Conference exploring the impact of WWII & implementation of the Final Solution.
  • Opportunity for lunch in Berlin.
  • Afternoon visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. 
  • Return to accommodation followed by evening meal.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Day Four:  Return Journey

     
  • Breakfast at your accommodation before coach transfer to airport for check-in & return daytime flight to the UK
  • Arrive in the UK & coach transfer back to school

 

 
You may also be interested in visiting......

   
  • Hohenschönhausen Remand Centre • DDR Museum • East Side Gallery • Checkpoint Charlie Museum • The  Cecilienhof Palace (Potsdam Conference) • 1936 Olympic Stadium • Berliner Dom (Protestant Cathedral) • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church • St Hedwig's Catholic Cathedral
 
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Visits

 

      
  Berlin
     
     
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Themes

 

Berlin

 

         Main Themes   Berlin Olympic Stadium
 
 
 

Soviet Memorial

  • Prejudice & discrimination
  • Equality & justice
  • Toleration
  • Nazi racial theory & the historical context
  • The sanctity of life
  • Suffering & the problem of evil
  • Memorials & views on the afterlife
  • "Just War" theory
 
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Content

 

Historical Context & Concepts

      Sachsenhausen Gatehouse
 
  • Historical context
  • The Nazi state
  • Nazi racial theory
  • Nuremberg Laws & Kristallnacht
  • Racism & anti-semitism
  • Totalitarianism: SS & Gestapo

 

 

Morality & the Third Reich

     
  • Nazis & the problem of evil
  • Prejudice & discimination
  • Suppression of freedoms
  • Inequality & injustice
  • Segregation & registration
  • Impact of WWII & Lebensraum
  • "Just War" Theory
  • Wannsee: The Final Solution
  • Transportations
  • Creation of the camp system
  • Persecution & genocide
  • The sanctity of life
  • Responses to injustice
  • Memorialisation
  • Forgiveness & retribution

 

 

Worship

     
  • Places of worhip
  • Religious symbolism
  • Art & architecture
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3   Topography of Terror
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 both your own & our study materials
 
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information about the war 
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of main events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & 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
  • Differentiated mark schemes for written tasks
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • 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
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Wannsee Villa

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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.
 

 

Ian Matthews, BA (Hons) Oxon., MA, PGCE

   

 

Ian was a former Head of History in a Liverpool Comprehensive & a GCSE examiner before he joined Galina in 1992. He has developed a number of our most popular tours including several to the battlefields of the First & Second World Wars, Germany & the Netherlands.

After more than 23 years’ leading tours to the Western Front, Normandy, Dunkirk as well as to Berlin & Amsterdam, he is one of Galina’s most experienced guides.

“Ian was excellent again as our tour guide: he certainly knows how to pitch his explanations at the right level for the students.”

Finchley Roman Catholic High School, London

  Ian Matthews  

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

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

 

Safety

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

Our Most Popular Accommodation 

   
  • Hotel Lichtenberg
  • Transit Loft Youth Hostel
  • Acama Hotel, Kurfürstendamm
 
 

Certification

   
  • Operating Certificate
  • Fire Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Pest Control Certificate
 
  • Public Liability Insurance
 

Safety Audit (Main Headings)

   
  • Building Design
  • Fire Alarms
  • Escape Routes
  • Signage
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Electrics
  • Security
  • Flooring
  • Glass
  • Gas & Water
  • Lifts
  • Balconies & Balustrades
  • Bedrooms & Beds
  • Pool (where applicable)
  • Food Delivery Areas
  • Storage
  • Stock Rotation
  • Food Handling
  • Pest Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Temperature Control
  • Staff Training
 
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Testimonials

 

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Cheshire

"Terry, the driver, is one of the most helpful and knowledgeable drivers I have travelled with. Please can we travel with him next year? Bruce, the guide, was very knowledgeable and built up a good relationship with the students."

 

Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Liverpool

"It was an excellent tour, with superb support and advice from Galina. Thank you."

 

Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxfordshire

"Excellent. The tour was extremely successful due to good accommodation and transport. The pre-planning was great and really helped us achieve all the aims we had."

 

St Bedes RC High School, Blackburn

"Our Tour Administrator was efficient, friendly and helpful. Martin (the driver) is perfect for pupils, friendly with them and fits in great with staff. He's a pleasure to work with. After 25 years of school trips he is the best!"

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