Kingswood

WWI and WWII Experiences

Whether you are looking for an introduction to the subject of the World Wars for young groups or an intensive week of history, young people take a journey through WWI and WWII with immersive stories and facts supported by practical exercises to expand their understanding. This programme provides two full days of WWI and WWII experiences, plus other activities and excursions tailored to your requirements.

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WWIexperiencefor7 11s

Suitable for

Primary schools

Secondary schools

As part of your programme, your group can get involved in a selection of activities including:

  • Archery
  • Fencing
  • Climbing
  • French games
  • Nightline
  • Circus Skills
  • Team Tech
  • Beach games
  • NEW Beach art
  • NEW Orienteering
  • NEW Nature trail
  • NEW Bushcraft
  • NEW Chateau Mystery
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Plus, exciting evening entertainment sessions such as:

  • Disco
  • Mini Olympics
  • Scrapheap Challenge
  • Beach walk
  • NEW Night trail
  • NEW French movie night
  • NEW French Bingo

 

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As well as NEW exciting language-based activities:

  • NEW A session at a local school
  • NEW An activity with a French school on site
  • NEW A French lesson at the Chateau with a local teacher

Recommended excursions for primary schools

  • Wellington Quarry in Arras – A fantastic, experiential and thought provoking visit to a set of medieval chalk quarries that were joined up during WWI by New Zealand tunnelers and used by the British to hide 28,000 soldiers for eight days before launching a surprise attack on the Germans in 1817.
  • Vimy Ridge – Ten minutes from Arras, this site has reconstructed and preserved trenches and defences from WWI and saw fighting between France, Britain and Canada against the Germans on hill 145. The group will explore life in the trenches and different battle tactics before visiting the memorial monument.
  • WWI Battlefields – A full day on the Somme battlefields. Our guides deliver personal stories of bravery and sacrifice, showing a true picture of WWI across five sites:
    - Albert Trench Museum
    - Mansell Copse
    - La Boisselle – Lochnagar Crater
    - Beaumont Hamel
    - Thiepval
  • Allied and German cemetery - visit the cemeteries of the Allied and German forces, compare the two and discuss their differences. At the end of WWI the Allies buried their dead with respect and dignity in beautiful, well maintained cemeteries presented to the allied countries by France. But what of the fallen German soldiers?
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ww1 somme

Recommended excursions for secondary schools

  • WWI Battlefields – A full day on the Somme battlefields. Our guides deliver personal stories of bravery and sacrifice, showing a true picture of WWI across five sites:
    - Albert Trench Museum
    - Mansell Copse
    - La Boisselle – Lochnagar Crater
    - Beaumont Hamel
    - Thiepval
  • Allied and German cemetery - visit the cemeteries of the Allied and German forces, compare the two and discuss their differences. At the end of WWI the Allies buried their dead with respect and dignity in beautiful, well maintained cemeteries presented to the allied countries by France. But what of the fallen German soldiers?
  • Val Ygot V1 flying bomb launch site – A self-lead mini project where participants are able to explore and discover the WWII Nazi super weapon site hidden in a quiet and picturesque woodland. In small groups, participants are asked to answer questions in the workbooks provided using information display boards to learn the terrible secrets of the site’s construction and the weapons it concealed. This is followed up with a free writing session to reflect on the experience.
  • Wellington Quarry in Arras – A fantastic, experiential and thought provoking visit to a set of medieval chalk quarries that were joined up during WWI by New Zealand tunnelers and used by the British to hive 28,000 soldiers for eight days before launch a surprise attack on the Germans in 1817.
  • Vimy Ridge – Ten minutes from Arras, this site has reconstructed and preserved trenches and defences from WWI and saw fighting between France, Britain and Canada against the Germans on hill 145. The group will explore life in the trenches and different battle tactics before visiting the memorial monument.
  • Dieppe – a half day visit to the busy port town to learn about the town's military history. The group will learn about Operation Jubilee, a tactical beach landing during WWII, students will recreate the raid by storming the beach to experience how it might have been.
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ww1 helmets

Your group could also experience French food as part of their visit we recommend:

  • Visit to a local produce market: Abbeville on Wednesdays (40 minutes away), Mers-les-Bains on Thursdays (20 minutes away), Eu on Fridays (20 minutes away), Dieppe on Saturdays (30 minutes away). Groups can buy their own picnic to eat on site, and also do a French language exercise using their workbooks.
  • A fantastic hands-on visit to an organic goats’ cheese farm near Neufchatel (1h20 from the centre, half-day visit). The children get to learn all about life on the farm, to pet and milk the goats and finally taste all the produce, from milk and yoghurts to cream cheese.
  • NEW An educational visit to the local cider orchards in Criel-sur-Mer (within walking distance of the Chateau). The children learn all about the life cycle of the apple and how juice, cider and apple vinegar is made.
  • A meal at a local restaurant on Criel seafront, within walking distance of the Chateau, with a large available choice.
  • A visit to a traditional Creperie in Dieppe. Order in French and you will get a prize!
  • A patisserie workshop at a local Boulangerie, with the opportunity to make croissants and baguette using the traditional French techniques and recipes and to taste various specialties
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Here are some suggested visits on the way to or from the Chateau:

  • Visit Nausicaa, one of Europe’s largest sealife centres with over 35,000 marine creatures to discover.
  • Biscuiterie d’Hardelot: visit a traditional biscuit factory and attend demonstrations of how they are made – and how they taste!
  • A commemorative visit to Etaples Commonwealth Military Cemetary near Boulogne-sur-Mer

 

Learning outcomes

If you’d like to, you can combine your programme with your choice of learning outcomes to maximise the impact for your pupils. The learning outcomes which naturally sit within this programme are:

Communication

Communicate effectively with others during the activity.

 

Teamwork

Work constructively as a team member.

Learning a skill

Demonstrate a new skill or competence