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France & Belgium Battlefield Trip

In year 6 in the Autumn term, the children learn all about World War One. Our Hutton Rudby school curriculum focuses upon providing the children with broad, enriched learning experiences. Therefore what better way to study World War One than to actually take the children to Belgium and France and visit places like, The Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. The pictures below show the places that the children visited.

Leaving the white cliffs of Dover heading to Calais!

The Yorkshire trench at Ypres.

World War One Gas masks. A variety of different types of has were used in World War One, including chlorine, phosgene and mustard gas.

The Menin Gate in Ypres is a memory to the thousands of soldiers who died at Ypres throughout the war, but whose bodies have never been found. It truly is awe inspiring. Each night at 8 o’clock, members of the local police fire brigade play the last post and a minute silence is held. The children had the opportunity to witness this truly once in a life time experience. Click the link below to watch part of the last post ceremony.


The modern day city of Ypres was completely re-built after the war, replicating the beautiful pre 1914 city of Ypres that was completely destroyed.

No trip to Belgium is complete without trying the Belgium chocolate!

Essex Farm was an advanced dressing station just behind the front lines at Ypres.

German bunker at the Messines Ridge, Hill 60.

Re-creation of a British dugout.

Langemarck German cemetery. In the background are the original German frontline bunkers, where the first gas attack took place in the history of warfare in 1915.

Artefacts dug up by farmers at the Somme.

The incredibly moving Tynecot cemetery the biggest British war graves cemetery in the world. 

Tynecot cemetery was the site of the worst fighting at the battle of Passchendaele.

Beaumont Hamel at the Somme.

Vimy Ridge Canadian memorial.

This is what the children liked about their battlefields trip.

This is what the children would improve about their battlefields trip.

At the setting of the sun we will remember them.

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