Humanities School trips to the WWI Battlefields (1 to 3 days)

Galina's Humanities School trips to the WWI battlefields for Key Stage 3 is based around the town of Ypres & provides the ideal environment for learning outside the classroom.  It covers units of work from the History, Religious Studies & English curricula at Key Stage 3, providing an opportunity to study the Great War in a truly cross-curricular way.  It has been designed to provide students with the historical framework within which they can examine the work of different war poets &/or consider the ethical aspects of conflict.

This tour is available as a 1, 2 or 3-day itinerary & can be combined with aspects of our Private Peaceful English Literature trip tour for groups if required.  A sample 3-day itinerary via Dover is illustrated here.  A version of this tour is also available via Hull-Zeebrugge (minimum 3 days) for schools in the north of England & Scotland.  Prices on application.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

  Tyne Cot at the going down of the sun
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais / Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Full-board accommodation in or near Ypres for two nights

 

 

Tyne Cot Cemetery Landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two:  Stalemate at Ypres, 1914-16

 
  • Gheluvelt & Hooge
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Pilckem Ridge
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • Ypres
  • The Menin Gate
  • St George's Chapel or St Martin's Cathedral
  • Last Post at the Menin Gate
 
 

Day Three:  Attrition at Passchendaele, 1917

 
  • Passchendaele Museum
  • Dochy Farm
  • Passchendaele Ridge
  • Tyne Cot & Flanders I Line Bunkers
  • The Menin Road
  • Hellfire Corner
  • Return travel to school with evening drop-off
 
 

Some alternatives you may want to visit instead......

 
  • Sanctuary Wood Trenches & Hill 62 • In Flanders Fields Museum • Lijssenthoek Cemetery • Talbot House & the Death Cell at Poperinghe • Bayernwald German Trenches • Hill 60 • Please advise us of any other location you would like to include
 
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Themes

 

Battlefields of Ypres & Passchendaele

 

Main Themes

  Re-enactors in 1914 British Uniforms
 
 
German Trench

History

  • Causes of WWI
  • The Schlieffen Plan
  • Trench Warfare
  • Weapons & tactics of WWI
  • Life as a soldier
 

English

  • Who were the war poets?
  • What does their poetry tell us about the Great War?
  • Owen & Sassoon
 

Religious Studies

  • The ethics of war
  • The concept of a 'just war'
  • Evil & suffering
  • Places of worship
  • Remembrance
 
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Curriculum

 

Pre-Tour

      Menin Gate
 
 
 
 
  • The Alliance System 
  • Causes of WWI
  • Failure of the Schlieffen Plan
  • Introduction to War Poetry
  • The 'Just War' Theory
  • Historical Timeline
 
 

History

     
  • The First Battle of Ypres
  • The High Ground at Ypres
  • Air Power in WWI
  • The BEF in 1914
  • Life in the Trenches
  • The Role of Medics 
  • Stalemate & Attrition
  • Gas Warfare
  • Chronology of the Great War
 
 

English:  Reading

English:  Writing

English:  Vocabulary & Spoken  
  • Reading Poetry
  • Making Inferences & Referring to Evidence in the Text
  • Constructing a Poem
  • Influences on the Content of War Poetry
  • Discussion using Specialist Vocabulary
  • Giving a Short Presentation
 
 

Religious Studies

   
  • Ethics & Morals
  • Religion & War
  • The Concept of Evil
  • Responses to Suffering
  • Places of Worship
  • Different Views on War
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

 
SRD Rum Jar Lewis Gun - Ypres Battlefield Tours

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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.
 

 

Bruce Hubbard, BA (Hons), PGCE, DASE

   

 

Bruce was a Head of History & Humanities at Ainsdale High School, Sefton, Liverpool. He has worked for Galina since 2007 & was a school client for several years previously. His guide experience includes both History to the Western Front & RS tours to Amsterdam & Vught in the Netherlands. Bruce is a member of the Western Front Association & Great War Forum.

Bruce has more than 30 years' teaching experience & has been an examiner.

“Bruce, was fantastic. He was enthusiastic & helpful. He also spoke directly to the students enabling them to feel he was approachable. They listened & responded brilliantly to him.”

Woodcote High School, Coulsdon, Surrey

  Bruce Hubbard  

 

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

 

Ypres Accommodation

    Menin Gate Hotel
 
 
 

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

 
 
Menin Gate Hotel, Ypres    

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 Bedroom Menin Gate Dining Room

 

Menin Gate Staff Lounge

 

 

Hotel Factfile

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

 

      
  Ypres Gallery
     
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Testimonials

 

Colonel Frank Seely School, Nottingham

"Excellent service yet again.  The service your company offers is tremendous.  I look forward to booking yet another Battlefields tour next year."

 

Reigate Grammar School, Surrey

"Itinerary was excellent, the coach drivers made the trip a great success.  Many thanks to all at Galina who worked on this for us."

 

The Crossley Heath School, Halifax

"Having recently led a battlefield tour using Galina International, we were very pleased with the standard of the coach.  Your driver, Gary, was excellent; he really did make our tour run like clockwork. I really cannot praise his efforts enough and hope to have the privilege of his skills and company on our next tour."

 

Southbank International School, Westminster, London

"Guide, Bruce, was great!  Very adaptable and with a wealth of knowledge."
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