Year 9 Visit to Bletchley Park
Year 9 Computer Science and History students sent us the following reports:
Charley Fife 9V: ‘We were shown an original ‘Enigma’ machine and shown how it worked. We were taught how the Germans had to reset the machine every day at midnight, Berlin time, we were even allowed to use it to write someone’s name and then change it back from the encrypted code. This trip was a wonderful opportunity to learn about coding during the war and to see Bletchley Park, with its rich history and fascinating past. As well as enjoying it from a Computer Science point of view it was also fabulous to sit at the bar where they shot the famous break through scene on cracking the German code in “The Imitation Game” of 2014. This added to an already interesting and fascinating trip and we were very fortunate to go with the school.’
Hollie Newman 9A: ‘The “Codes and Ciphers” Workshop was enjoyable and it taught us a lot about Bletchley Park. It is safe to say that we all came away from this trip feeling more educated and having a greater respect for the ground breaking work that had been undertaken at Bletchley Park during the second World War.’
Rebecca Trott and Olivia Wentzell 9A: ‘We took part in a History Workshop where we learned about messages were encrypted during WW2. We listened to Morse Code which was incredibly fast. It would have taken a lot of skill to decode. We had a go at decoding some Morse code and code created by the Enigma machine, the message was in German so we had to translate it to English to find the location of the German ship. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and learned a lot about WW2 and code-breaking’.
Thank you to Mrs Le Sbirel and team for organising this trip.