Geographical Fieldwork

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There are three new Geographical Fieldwork Modules based around our successful WW1 Battlefield Tours in Ypres and the Somme.

The Somme
Poppy field, Somme

The Geography Fieldwork Modules have been developed according to National Curriculum KS3 guidelines. However, the modules can equally be developed as part of a student’s GCSE fieldwork investigation in Year 10/11.

Current modules that are available are listed below.

What is the pattern of environmental quality of Ypres?

In this module students walk two transects through the city, collecting data at a variety of given points. As they do so, they record the changes that they identify and complete the exercises and graphs in the workbook supplied. Finally the students are asked to analyse, evaluate and present their results.

What is the sphere of influence of Ypres?

In this module, students collect data in the form of a questionnaire, which is compiled in both English and Flemish. Having collected information in the city centre somewhere near the Menin Gate, students or their teachers choose one of the more residential areas in which to complete their data collection. Again the students are asked to complete the workbook supplied, analyse, evaluate and present their results.

Visitor pressure and visitor impact – a Geographical study of tourism in Peronne

Students investigate the impact of tourism on a small town. They use recording sheets to carry out a secondary data collection exercise at the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum followed by an ‘occupancy rate study’ in the museum and car parks in the vicinity. Students consider the concept of a tourist honey pot and determine whether Peronne has reached or exceeded its carrying capacity.

Menin Gate
Menin Gate

The group moves out into the Somme Battlefield sites in the afternoon to carry out geographical data collection exercises at one or more of the memorials or cemeteries.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500