I would like to thank you for arranging a fantastic World War I experience for students at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.
Through a unique combination of in-school and off-site activities: a living history workshop, a visit to the National Army Museum and a trip to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient region, the aims of the World War I Enrichment Experience have, unquestionably, been fulfilled. All students on this experience have a full understanding of what life was like for soldiers on the Western Front and can appreciate the historical significance of the Great War. Perhaps most importantly, this experience has given students the opportunity to work with historical materials obtained from national archives, allowing them to learn the ‘craft’ of a historian.
Throughout this entire week, learning has continually been developed and built upon. Although the subject matter of the experience is sombre, students have enjoyed themselves, whilst becoming effective, independent learners. Importantly, the activities you have devised for this week have helped to put the First World War into a context that students of all ages can relate to. In particular, in tailoring the experience to the Wilmington area, students have learnt about the role played by local men in the Great War, thereby humanising what remains a destructive and dehumanising conflict.
This experience has been extremely succesful and I would highly recommend it to others. It has been a pleasure to work with you during this week and I look forward to collaborating on future projects.
Mr B. Slight
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