A Year 9 history class visit the WWI battlefield The area around Ypres in Belgium saw a very heavy loss of British lives during World War I. A Year 9 history class is taken on a tour of some of the key battle grounds and cemeteries. Their guides concentrate on the individual stories of some of those who took part in the fighting. In a preserved trench system, the class learns about day-to-day living, and enjoys an authentic meal. In the evening, they join in an act of remembrance as buglers sound the â€˜Last Postâ€™ at the Menin Gate. At the end of their trip, the class watches a moving re-enactment of the truce of Christmas 1914, and gets to talk to a British and a German soldier of the period.
The visit takes in Commonwealth cemeteries (Tyne Cot and Essex Farm) and a German cemetery (Langemarke).
The Menin Gate ceremony takes place every day of the year.
The Christmas truce is re-enacted at Prowse Point, one of the actual sites.