Youngsters from St Edmund Campion School in West Bridgford brought their history books to life on a school trip to Germany.
The year five pupils, ranging from nine to 10 years old, took part in an exciting five-day adventure to Berlin after learning about its history in class.
During their school trip, they visited the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building, as well as the Holocaust Memorial and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
They also enjoyed a spot of shopping along the Kurfurstendamm Avenue and Alexanderplatz, as well as sampling the local cuisine of currywurst.
St Edmund Campion School has visited the Goethe Institute – a non-profit German cultural association in London – annually for the past three years, for teacher and student workshops around the Berlin Wall and the background of its home city.
After learning all about Germany and its history, it was language teacher Dani Wilke’s love of the European capital that inspired the inaugural trip – with the first Berlin trip taking place last year.
While on the trip, the children also spent a day at their partner school, Grundschule am Königsgraben, which allowed them to experience school life in Germany compared to England.
The youngsters took along artwork they had created in class to form a wall of peace and met with pupils they had been writing letters to as foreign pen pals.
Anita Blake, head teacher at St Edmund Campion School, said: “Since our first trip to Berlin last year, I feel like I have to pinch myself that we are able to do this with the pupils.
“It is always such a worthwhile trip, with both the children and teachers having the best time.
“There is always lots to do and see and it is a brilliant teambuilding trip. For some of the children, it is not only their first trip abroad without their family, but the first time they have ever been overseas. It’s great to see how much their confidence grows while they are away.
“Here at St Edmund, we truly believe in colourful learning and providing the next generation with real experiences they will remember and take with them as they mature.
“We want to make learning as enjoyable as possible, and what better way than to bring the books alive and allow children to see things for themselves first-hand.”