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Sacred Space...the Cathedral as a place of worship

 
The pupils have built upon and clarified their understanding of salvation. They have made links between artwork and how it represents salvation- it was very engaging with great use of questions, helping to develop the children’s sense of awe as well as drawing out their knowledge and understanding, commented the teachers from St Mary’s CE Primary School Horsham.
 

      

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KS1 & KS2 Tours and Workshops
Interactive tours last 60 minutes, are enquiry led in small groups, include time for reflection, are linked to West Sussex Agreed Syllabus and cost £3.00 per child (10% discount for School Friends).
 
Symbols in the Cathedral - Why Are They Here? (60mins)
A fully interactive guided tour based on the question 'Symbols in the Cathedral - Why are they here?' Includes role-play, in costumes, of a baptism or christening, the opportunity to make a giant jig-saw of the Piper Tapestry and reflection time holding lit candles in front of a tapestry full of symbols.  Pupils will find out through a series of interactive activities about a variety of symbols used in religious activities at the Cathedral. The tour is ideal for a group of 12-16 at a time with the children sub-divided into smaller groups of 6-8. Larger class sizes can be accommodated by half a class at a time doing the tour while the other half take part in a workshop or do teacher led activities.

Why is the Cathedral a Special Place? (60mins)

A fully interactive guided tour suitable for Key Stage 1 pupils based on the question 'Why is the Cathedral a Special Place?'  With lots of short activities, pupils explore the building looking at some of the special furniture (font, altar and stained glass windows); have a brief reflection time to think about special friends; sing a song sitting in the choir stalls; listen to the story of St Wilfrid; look for some hidden ‘treasures’ and hunt the Cathedral mice.  The tour is ideal for groups of up to 24 at a time with the children subdivided into smaller groups of 4-6.  Larger class sizes can be accommodated by half a class at a time doing the tour while the other half take part in a workshop or do teacher led activities.

What is a Cathedral for? (60mins)
A fully interactive tour suitable for KS2 pupils and based on the question 'What is a Cathedral for?' Using clue bags containing a range of artefacts as the stimulus pupils explore the Cathedral as a Christian place of worship to gain a better understanding about worshipping, belonging, remembering, praising, caring, welcoming, singing, and praying.   The tour is ideal for a class of up to 36 at a time with the children sub-divided into smaller groups of 4-6. 

Compare the Cathedral with a Parish Church (60mins)
What are the similarities and differences between your local parish church and Chichester Cathedral? Come and find out through this interactive tour.

The Story of Salvation (60mins)The Story of Salvation is a new interactive workshop for Year 5 and 6 pupils based on the Cathedral’s South Transept stained glass window and other works of art.  Developed in response to schools using Understanding Christianity, a Diocesan RE learning resource, pupils work in small groups to sequence and explore ‘The Story of Salvation’ using images, captions and Bible references.  Pupils then create a giant timeline sequencing key events which are then interpreted through further discussion.  “The pupils have built upon and clarified their understanding of salvation.  They have made links between artwork and how it represents salvation- it was very engaging with great use of questions, helping to develop the children’s sense of awe as well as drawing out their knowledge and understanding”, commented the teachers from St Mary’s CE Primary School Horsham. 

The Labyrinth - A resource for use at school
Chichester Cathedral has a beautiful Cretan Labyrinth for use indoors which is portable, easy to assemble and can be loaned out to schools. The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol, linked around the world with stories of journeys, encounters and transformation. It also represents a journey towards a spiritual centre, enabling us to become aware of ourselves, our neighbours and the world, and our relationships with each of them. Costs £25.00 for 2 weeks plus £10 for an additional week. Teacher’s Resource pack available at £5 each.  (Significant School Friends discount available - please ask the School Friends' Co-ordinator for further details - vicky.rowlands@chichestercathedral.org.uk.)

To find out more or book a workshop please contact Sue in the Learning and Engagement Department on 01243 812497 or sue.poil@chichestercathedral.org.uk

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