On Monday 19th November KS3 pupils visited the National Memorial Arboretum, Britain’s year-round national site of remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire. This trip featured as part of our Theme lessons were this half term we are covering War and Peace as our topic.

The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Pupils were split into two groups and spent time completing different activities. The first activity pupils took part in was classroom-based wartime experiences, in which they learnt more about evacuees and what life would have been like for children their age during wartime. The second activity involved pupils being given a guided tour of the Arboretum site and information about the different tributes and the amazing achievements of the war personnel being remembered.

Pupil’s behaviour was fantastic and despite the cold weather, they showed exemplary attitudes throughout towards such a mature topic.