Historians explored pre-war and post-cold war Germany on a five-day tour of Berlin over Easter.
The rise of the Nazis was the trip’s main focus, with a sobering visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp teaching pupils more about the horrors of the Holocaust.
They later reflected on what they had seen with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Visits to the DDR Museum and Checkpoint Charlie helped pupils chart the history of the Berlin Wall.
The amazing changes to Berlin since the fall of the wall were also evident on a boat cruise through the Reichstag and into the east.
Pre-war Germany was the focal point of a coach trip to Potsdam – the home of the Kaiser and the Prussian kings – earlier on the trip.
Here our pupils visited Sanssouci – where Frederick the Great lived – and the Cecilienhof home of the crown prince during the 1920s.
Our historians also had plenty of time to discover current German culture as they explored the city in gorgeous sunshine and sampled the national cuisine.
Poland Holocaust trip
Some pupils on the tour had already visited Nazi concentration camps on December’s trip to Auschwitz I and II in Poland.
That trip was featured in one of our BBC News School Report pieces in which pupils interviewed Holocaust survivor Dr Peter Kurer.
See our BBC News Report page to watch the report alongside our pupils’ other pieces.