Learning through looking

Two history trips this term brought to life very different aspects of the past two centuries.

An overnight trip took 45 Year 9 boys to the First World War battlefields in Belgium and France. They visited Ypres, hearing the Last Post at Menin Gate and seeing the Sanctuary Wood preserved trenches, the Newfoundland Memorial to Canadian troops, the Langemark German cemetery and the Vimy Ridge underground tunnels. Time was also found to visit the chocolate shops of Ypres!

A group of 45 Year 8 boys went to the Black Country Museum as part of their studies on the Industrial Revolution. Boys saw costumed demonstrators and working craftsmen bringing the Victorian buildings to life with their specialist knowledge, skills and Black Country humour. The visit included a trip down a coalmine and a chance to eat fish & chips from an Edwardian fried Fish Shop.