World War I Battlefields Trip

World War I Battlefields Trip

Last week, twenty children from Year 6  travelled to Belgium as part of their topic work on the World Wars. Led by the ‘Explore4all’ company, the children visited a whole host of places including: both commonwealth and German cemeteries; the Passchendaele Museum and the In Flander’s Field Museum; authentic and original German trenches and Lockangar Crater located in Somme. Furthermore, two children even found the grave or memorial to their relatives who died during the war.

Because we are reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, we visited the cemetery in which we found the grave of a Private Peacefull. It was when visiting this cemetery, Morpurgo was inspired to write his novel based on the experiences of soldiers in the war.

We ended our unforgettable trip at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. This was a truly moving experience made even more memorable by the laying of a wreath by three of our children.

On arriving home, all of the children shared their experiences and memories from their trip, even saying they would love to return some day. All of the children represented themselves, their families and St. Teresa’s excellently and we should be very proud of them. Well done boys and girls.

 

Visiting the grave of Private Peacefull, the inspiration for Michael Morpurgo’s novel.

 

 

Following the Menin Gate ceremony, the children met the buglers who play the Last Post.

 

 

 

 

Visiting the beautiful city of Bruge

 

A afternoon at the beach

 

Visiting Thiepval Memorial

 

The Menin Gate

 

Passchendaele Museum

 

Essex Farm Cemetery

Leave a reply