At Two Mile Ash, we are very committed to our visits and believe that the experiences the children have going out of school are hugely beneficial to them both socially and emotionally.
As part of our Autumn learning journey about World at War, we visit an exciting venue to visit with our Year 6 pupils so they will experience life during wartime Britain. The children will be guided around the site by centre staff and teachers from TMA. The immersive experiences include:
- The Blitz, including realistic Anderson shelters and air raids drills
- A trip inside a 1940’s school room
- What life was like in a 1940’s house
- Learning how citizens adapted to home life and V for Victory gardening
- The museum with genuine wartime artefacts
The Town of Ypres
We will spend time exploring the historic town of Ypres including: visiting the town square; with its variety of local chocolate shops, taking a stroll around the historic ramparts of the town and visiting the Menin Gate and Tynecot cemetery (one of the most famous War Memorials on the Western Front.) We will also visit the Bellewaerde Theme Park, which is only a short journey from Ypres, where we will find roller coasters, river splash rides and a wild animal zoo.
The Town of Bruges
Traveling on our coaches to Bruges, we will spend a full day in this beautiful, medieval town known as the ‘Venice of the North’ on account of the many canals that encircle the town. We will enjoy a sight-seeing canal cruise before walking through to the ‘Grote Market’ for some shopping; this is positioned in the centre of the town with its interesting shops and bustling restaurants. We will then visit the ‘Burg’ – a beautiful square with a stunning Gothic Town Hall. The tour includes a canal boat ride.
We will also visit Dunkirk in France which is only a 45-minute coach ride from Ypres. The beautiful sandy beach is the perfect place for a sandcastle competition and a game of beach rounders or beach football. During the day, we will visit the Operation Dynamo Museum which chronicles the story of the Dunkirk evacuations. On our return we will pay our respects by laying a wreath at the moving Tyne Cot Cemetery, the resting place of over 11,000 Commonwealth soldiers.
Each year we like to celebrate Year 6’s achievements in SATs this year by giving them a few extra fond memories of their time with us before they leave TMA. As part of the celebration activities, previously, we have organised a reward in the form of a day visit to Drayton Manor Park.