Upcoming Events for KS1 and KS2

To book places and/or find out more about these events please contact Sue on 01243 812497 or email sue.poil@chichestercathedral.org.uk.

Mysterious Manuscripts Literacy Enrichment Day for More Able Years 3 and 4

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Monday 19 October 2020  9.30am - 2.30pm

A whole day of exciting and challenging activities in the Cathedral.  Pupils will be visitors from Medieval times and will find out how people learnt about the Bible in the Middle Ages through looking at various artworks.  Pupils, as guides, will write a leaflet to help visitors understand the meaning of 6 artefacts in the Cathedral. There will be a visit to the Cathedral library to see some of the Cathedral’s ‘special’ Bibles.  They will hear about the bravery of those who fought to have a bible written in the English language. They will then be given the opportunity to handle a modern version of the bible and learn how it ‘works’ using reference and index skills.  They will also learn about how bibles were produced before printing and as manuscript makers and illuminators will use ink, quills and nibs to create their own book plate.

Who is this for? Year 3 and 4 Pupils with more able/gifted literacy skills.

£12.50 per pupil - materials included (£11.25 for School Friends).  Please note a maximum of 6 pupils per school.

Treasure Hunters: A Cathedral Sized Challenge Enrichment Workshop for Years 5&6

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Monday 18 January 2021  10.30am - 12 noon or 1.00pm-2.30pm

An exciting half day of practical enquiry led activities in the Cathedral. As trainee historians, pupils will work in small groups and follow clues to seek out hidden ‘treasures’ in the Cathedral.

Who is this for? This taster session is open to all pupils in years 5 and 6 and can be adapted to meet your pupils’ needs.  Pupils work in groups of 6 and so benefit from a tailored approach. Schools can choose to send just 6 pupils or up to a maximum of 36 pupils. 

£4.00 per pupil (£3.60 for School Friends).  

'Time Team Special - Spire Collapse!' A Literacy Enrichment Day for More Able Years 5&6

Monday 22 February 2020  9.30am - 2.30pm

An exciting day split between the County Record Office and the Cathedral. Children will have the opportunity to become historical detectives and uncover facts about the collapse of the Cathedral spire in 1861 using primary and secondary sources. 

They will hear the story of events surrounding the collapse before rotating round three interactive sessions including exploring documents and the strong room at the County Record Office, interviewing costumed 'eyewitnesses' in the Cathedral, and reading first-hand accounts from the period to help them write their own newspaper report. Each session requires higher level literacy skills. 

Who is this for? Year 5 and 6 Pupils with more able/gifted literacy skills.

£12.50 per pupil - materials included (£11.25 for School Friends).  Please note a maximum of 6 pupils per school.

Maths Enrichment Day for More Able Years 3s

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Monday 1 March 2020  9.30am - 2.30pm

An interesting and exciting day exploring and investigating the Cathedral as a setting for real life mathematical problems.The emphasis of the day will be on practical activities, discussion and reflection to enable pupils to use and apply as well as further their knowledge, understanding and skills.  Recorded work will be kept to the minimum. 

Pupils will:

  • Read and write Roman numerals to 1000 and beyond
  • Convert dates into Roman numerals and vice versa
  • Play Roman numeral bingo
  • Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division two step and multi-step problems in a range of contexts
  • Go on a maths trail investigating 2D and 3D shapes and pattern, symmetry, coordinates and solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division two step and multi-step problems in a range of contexts
  • Measure and calculate the area and perimeter of 4 sided shapes
  • Calculate areas from scaled drawing/models


Who is this for? This enrichment day is for more able pupils in Year 3 looking for an opportunity to consolidate and apply their learning in a ‘real life’ context.

£12.50 per pupil - materials included (£11.25 for School Friends).  Please note maximum of 6 pupils per school.

Young Voices Festival 2020 - Sussex Voices

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March 2021 - Dates to be confirmed.

Join us on a journey exploring choral music at the Young Voices Festival 2020 – a collaboration between Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex Music and local schools.  

There are up to 30 places available for each school and the musical content is predominantly aimed at upper KEY STAGE 2 pupils. Following preparation in school, pupils will enjoy a very special afternoon of rehearsing and performance in Chichester Cathedral.

We will also be offering a CPD event for teachers to support schools to make the very most of this unique opportunity.  

To secure your place there is a £35.00 booking fee which includes a place at the CPD session and the musical scores. There is a separate charge if you would like West Sussex Music to help you prepare in school.

Further details will be announced, including the choral theme for 2021 and how to book, nearer to the time.