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Year 8 history trip to London

On Thursday 24th May 50 year 8 students took the coach to London to visit the Imperial War Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms. This trip supported the learning they had been doing about the First World War as part of the year 8 curriculum and also prepared them for their studies in year 9 on World War 2.

After a long coach journey they arrived at the Imperial War Museum where they spent around 90 minutes looking around the various exhibits which included information about the key battles, clothing worn and enlisting, amongst other things.  Each student had a question booklet to give them focus and ensure they gathered relevant facts. The booklet included 25 questions for them to investigate ranging from ‘How did most Britons feel about the Empire?’ to ‘How tall did you have to be to enlist?’ After completing their booklets the students ate a well-earned lunch in the lunch rooms at the museum before heading back on the coach to drive on to the Cabinet War Rooms.

At the Cabinet War Rooms they were able to explore where Churchill’s government had retreated underground to strategize and plan during the Second World War. They walked through the narrow, winding corridors taking in Churchill’s bedroom and the very important map room. There was an overview film to watch and also each student had a guide phone so they could be informed about the important events that had taken place in the very place they were standing more than 70 years ago.

Connie Jeffers gives her own account of the day below:

We learnt lots about World War One in a visual way.  We were able to look around and read the sources, as well as try out some of the equipment, such as a height measurer used to tell if someone was tall enough to go to war. There was also some war uniform that we were able to try on in the museum. After that we went to the Churchill War Rooms, named after Winston Churchill, a British politician and Prime Minister.  We were given an audio phone to go round the corridors and listen to each pole number and find out what happened in the room we were looking inside and why. I learnt a lot on this trip and had lots of fun.

Many thanks to Miss Haslett, Miss Montagu, Miss Clarke, Mr Dummer and Mrs Eastment for taking the students on this trip, and bringing their learning to life.