6 Ways a Battlefields School Trip to Ypres Contributes to Curriculum Learning

Hands-on experiences shape young minds. A school trip to Ypres, Belgium, offers UK secondary school students a unique opportunity to delve into the rich historical tapestry of World War I. It also assists teachers by providing valuable resources to support students in achieving the learning outcomes of the National Curriculum for History. Below, we take a look at how a school trip to the battlefields of Ypres can achieve this.

1. Primary source analysis

A school trip to Ypres provides students with access to an array of primary sources, including preserved trenches, war museums, and documents. This firsthand exposure enables them to hone their skills in analysing historical sources, a key component of the National Curriculum.


2. Developing critical thinking

In Ypres, students can critically evaluate the strategies and tactics employed during WWI. This analytical approach aligns with the curriculum’s emphasis on developing critical thinking skills and encourages students to evaluate historical interpretations.

3. Social and cultural impact

The Ypres experience extends beyond the battlefield, offering insights into the social and cultural impacts of the war. Students can explore the civilian experience, the role of women, and the war’s effects on art and literature, broadening their understanding of the curriculum’s themes.

Did you know?
Ypres often referred to as the ‘Wipers’ during the war.

4. Comparative analysis

A visit to Ypres allows students to compare and contrast the Western Front with other theatres of WWI, fostering a more comprehensive understanding of the conflict’s global scale and consequences.

5. In-depth study

Across the subject of WWI, you are likely to cover many themes such as the causes of the war, the impact on Britain, and the Treaty of Versailles. Ypres provides an excellent focal point for in-depth study, helping students fulfil curriculum requirements.


6. Personal connection

Standing in the trenches or at war cemeteries, students can connect on a different level with the soldiers who fought in WWI. This emotional connection can really enhance their engagement with history and their continued development with the subject through school.

A school trip to Ypres is an invaluable opportunity for UK secondary school students to engage with the study of WWI in a meaningful way. It promotes critical thinking, historical analysis, and a deeper appreciation of the past, ensuring that students not only achieve learning outcomes but also develop a lifelong passion for history. At Travelbound, we are committed to providing enriching experiences that empower students to become informed and engaged citizens of the world.

To find out more about Ypres and the Somme, planning your next school trip or to learn more about how Travelbound can tailor learning for your students, contact us via our enquiry form or call 01273 244 572.

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