Mon-Fri:

9.00am - 5.00pm

Sat:

9.00am - 5.00pm

Sun:

12.00pm - 3.00pm

Activities we offer

Learning in inspiring spaces

Our activities are tailored to different Key Stages and take place either in the Cathedral or in the Learning Centre in the Precincts. Activities in the Cathedral and the Learning Centre can be combined to create a well balance day of practical learning.

If what you want isn't listed, we are happy to tailor our activities accordingly or create a bespoke activity for your school. We warmly welcome students with special needs and will adapt our activities to meet the needs of all users.

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Cathedral activities

A student examining the carved stonework outside the CathedralSenses in Special Places KS1

Children explore the Cathedral using all five senses. Learning about the key objects, symbols and rituals important in Christian worship.
What? RS, SMSC
How long? 75 minutes
Download the teachers' preparation notes for this activity.
 

Faith, Worship and Belief KS2, KS3, KS4

A perfect hands-on introduction to Christian places of worship and belief. Students will understand how Christians express their faith through worship focusing on Baptism, Holy Communion, key features of the church and symbolism.

What? RS, SMSC
How long? 75 - 90 minutes
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Searching for Saxons KS2, KS3

Students will explore the Cathedral's Saxon origins and investigate its Saxon archaeological treasures.

What? History, SMSC
How long? 90 minutes
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The Tudors: Monks and Monarchs KS2 KS3

Through cosutmed role play, students will discover what life was like here in the Abbey of St Peter in the year 1539. They will learn how and why the Abbey became a Cathedral and the changes that happened to religious life in Tudor England. They will investigate the stories of significant people of the period, including Katharine of Aragon with a visit to her tomb.

What? History, SMSC
How long? 90 minutes
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Normans to Now KS3 KS4

Students will explore the origins of the building from 1118 through to modern times by investigating the art, architecture, history and worship of the Cathedral.

What? History, Art, Architecture, SMSC
How long? 90 minutes
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Songs and Stories EYFS

A storytelling and singing session for our youngest visitors.

What? Knowledge and understanding of the world.
How long? 50-60 minutes
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A Sermon in Stone KS4

Can be tailored to meet exam specification requirements, this session will explore the features, symbolism and ritual of worship. Opportunities to participate in a discussion / Q&A with a member of the clergy team if requested and notice given.

What? RE, SMSC
How long? 75-120 minutes
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Learning Centre Activities

Sculpting Symbols KS1 KS2
Saxon Treasure SK2
Sticky Stained Glass KS1 SK2
Illuminated Manuscripts SL2, KS3
Cathedral Collage SK2, KS3

Additional Activities

Exploring Easter SK2
Taster Tour SK2, KS3, KS4