Teaching WWII to Primary School Classes: Eden Camp

Figuring out how to teach a lesson on the subject of war, especially one as sensitive and tragic as World War II, can be difficult when your class consists of younger children. You want to find the ideal balance between teaching the topic without touching on anything that isn’t age appropriate. Educational visits to sites specifically designed with this purpose in mind are a great introduction to tough subjects.

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is exactly that sort of place. Located in Yorkshire and opened in 1987, this museum is situated on the grounds and in the buildings of an original World War II Prisoner of War Camp. With immersive and interactive displays that are as entertaining as they are educational, this unique site covers the military and social history and the post-war conflicts in a pupil-friendly manner.

When it comes to educational visits, there’s no better place than Eden Camp to bring your primary school class if you’re looking to broach the topic of World War II in a way that is both engaging and appropriate.

Educational Visits for Schools

Eden Camp is a valuable resource for schools. Its unique features and displays are ideal for pupils from KS2 onwards, and the opportunity for a self-led, cross-curricular tour means that your visit to the museum can be tailored to fit your class’s individual needs and subject matter. It meets the National Curriculum’s requirements in all subjects, as it encompasses an array of topics such as geography, religious education, design, citizenship, science and art.

Puppet Shows and Obstacle Courses

History comes to life the second you enter Eden Camp, as you experience the smells, sights and sounds of what life would have been like on the Home Front and the Front Line. The museum is not the only thing your pupils can explore and discover here. A 15-minute puppet show starring famous entertainers from the 1940s comes complete with sing-a-longs and is sure to amuse and delight the younger ones.

To help your class get out any extra energy before the coach ride home, visit the Junior Assault Course. This outdoor play area is wooden and great fun for pupils aged twelve or younger. Best of all, it’ll give the teachers a chance to take a breather as the youngsters explore this obstacle course of escape tunnels, slides and towers.

Planning Future Educational Visits to Eden Camp

If a day trip to Eden Camp sounds like a wonderful way to introduce your class to World War II, consider seeking out a specialised educational travel tour operator to help you organise your outing. The professionals will be able to sort out a visit so that you make the most of your trip to Yorkshire – and you’ll have more time to focus on the important things, like your pupils and your lesson plans.

Open your class’s eyes with an entertaining and educational visit to the unique, immersive and imaginative museum that is Eden Camp.

John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in educational visits for school and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveller, John is very passionate about providing students with valuable and engaging learning experiences outside of the classroom. By sharing his expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and bring their studies to life.

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Author: Desiree Michels

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