Our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils went on a trip to Berlin as a field study for part of their History and German curriculum. The destination was chosen as our pupils are currently studying the role that Nazi Germany played in the Second World War and the Cold War, with Berlin as the epicentre of the division between Communism and Capitalism. All activities were specifically planned to complement their school lessons.
Being able to experience first-hand the impact of Hitler’s policies or the way of life in a city divided by the Berlin Wall is fundamental in order to understand the topics addressed in classes at school, and what better way to learn than through a live experience walking around the very same places that made history.
One of the activities that surprised our students the most was the visit to the Unterwelten Bunker, an underground tour of an anti-aircraft shelter from the Second World War that submerged them in the depths of Berlin. They also visited the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building and the DDR Interactive Museum, along with many other interesting places.
The experience has highlighted the leading role played by this country in world history and has allowed our pupils to assimilate their knowledge of history in a much more practical way.