Last week Y9 and Y10 Historians travelled to Suffolk to see for themselves what the British trenches of the First World War may have been like. Students were able to listen to expert historians talk about the uniform and equipment of the British army, as well as try for themselves. Many students mentioned how hot, heavy and itchy the uniforms were, and the discomfort soldiers must have felt wearing them in all weathers.

In the afternoon we visited the reconstructed trenches with our guides. Students learned more about hand-to-hand trench combat, the use of poisonous gases, and were even able to experience the sight and sound of a genuine WWI Vickers Machine gun being fired.

This trip supported students’ learning in GCSE History and also in their English poetry studies. We had a fantastic experience!