Learning in the trenchesAt Digging In, supporting learning and education is one of our key goals.

We pursue it through our programme of active learning for schools and our online resources. We also offer work placement and internship opportunities. We run CPD and knowledge-exchange sessions for primary and secondary school teachers, and make the trenches available for student projects on a range of subjects – from film-making to historical research and experimental archaeology.

Schools Programme

We provide FREE visits to Digging In for schools and youth groups, with a programme of active learning that delivers to specific curriculum areas.

Children and young adults take part in hands-on activities that help them engage with different aspects of WWI experience through role play, interactive tasks, discussion and craft work. Activities are pitched at particular levels. Most can be adapted to different ages and levels – both primary and secondary.

Our learning programme runs til the end of 2018, from August to December and February to June each year. Please send us a message to arrange a visit. Schools within the Glasgow local authority area can arrange free transport to Digging In through Class Connections (0141 287 2987).

Most of the activities are outdoors, so visitors should wear warm clothes, and wellies if they have them!

Using periscopes for the Signalling Mission activity.

Using periscopes for the Signalling Mission activity.

As of December 2016 we’ve welcomed over 1,300 young people to the trenches.  Here’s what teachers and pupils have said:

‘It was interesting to see how a periscope worked and what it was like from a soldier’s perspective.’ – Jennifer Simpson, S3, Hillpark Secondary School (Glasgow)

‘The whole experience has been very carefully thought out and the delivery was first class. All the students and adults were very engaged and keen to participate. Lots of very practical, hands-on activities and resources which really helped to enhance understanding of the conditions which soldiers had to endure. An excellent learning experience and one which I would highly recommend.’ – Gerry Coyle, St Vincent’s Primary (Glasgow)

‘It was interesting to see what the soldiers went through, much better than just reading about it.’ – Kyle Palmer (S3), Hillpark Secondary School (Glasgow)

Pupils walk through the British communication trench.

Pupils walk through the British communication trench.

‘I like the fact that it is outdoors so you experience it properly and that alone was a valuable teaching point for us as teachers. Staff were really patient and informative.’ – Mo McCauley & Rachel Whitehill, Annette Street Primary (Glasgow)

‘I enjoyed the learning to signal between trenches and the medical role play exercise. It made the experience more realistic and let us understand what could happen to you if you were injured.’ – Jack Cameron (P5), Hillpark Secondary School (Glasgow)

‘Thanks again to @WW1Dig; P6/7 will never forget the day they got to experience life in the trenches. Quote of the day “best trip ever”.’ – Sarah McNeill, Aberfoyle Primary (Stirling)

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