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Come aboard the Ship of the Fens on a voyage of discovery!

Ely Cathedral, a living place of worship, is a beautiful, historic building and a unique education resource.

The Education Department is staffed by the Director of Education who works along with talented and committed volunteers, all of whom have considerable experience of working with children.

We aim to be responsive to the needs of schools by offering activities and experiences that support the National Curriculum and RE but which cannot be duplicated in the classroom.

These pages outline some of the activities currently available for schools, but we are always happy to adapt and develop them to meet your pupils' particular needs.

Schools can choose several different activities and we will organize a timetable to incorporate them all if possible.

We encourage pre-visits by staff to the Cathedral and can provide follow-up resources.

Please contact us on +44 (0)1353 660332
e-mail gro/lardehtacyle//hguocsya/n for full details of our activities and resources.

We look forward to welcoming you and your pupils to Ely Cathedral.

Monastic Day

History, RE SMSC KS 2 and 3
A unique opportunity for the children to dress up and experience a day in the life of a medieval monk.

Animal Safari KS 1 and 2

RE SMSC PSHE Art and Design
Children can have fun hunting for animals in the Cathedral and find out about a Christian place of worship at the same time. We also offer an interactive tour of the Cathedral as a Christian place of worship for all key stages.

Bible Windows

RE SMSC Art and Design KS 1 and 2
A very special way of telling some famous Bible stories, using the beautiful stained glass windows in the Cathedral

Pilgrimage Day

History, RE SMSC KS 2 and 3
Pupils can share the experience of a medieval pilgrim and consider their own spiritual journey.

Victorian Day

History RE KS 2 and 3
These days give a unique taste of Victorian Ely: washday at Ely Museum, stained glass production at the Stained Glass Museum and Victorian craftsmanship in the Cathedral.

Anglo-Saxon Day

History RE KS 2 and 3
Hands-on history and drama day with costumed re-enactors. Hearing the stories of Hereward the Wake and St Etheldreda and learning about Saxon life. Tour of West Tower/Octagon

Art and Design

History RE Year 6 and above
An exciting oppurtunity for pupils from year 6 and above to enjoy unique views of the Cathedral and of Ely and to wonder at medieval craftmanship.

Brass Rubbing RE History Art and Design All Key Stages A craft activity that cannot be replicated in school which offers opportunities to discuss memorials and remembering.

Multisensory Tour

RE SMSC PSHE All key stages
An exploration of the Cathedral using the five senses that offers the opportunity to respond directly to the Cathedral and gives space for reflection.

The Labyrinth Experience

RE SMSC PSHE All key stages
A unique opportunity to walk our (10 metre square!) portable labyrinth in the beautiful surroundings of the Lady Capel and consider our life journey. Can be adapted to a variety of themes.

Ely Cathedral Roadshow
If the school can't get to the Cathedral... the Cathedral will come to the school!

RE History SMSC PSHE All Key Stages
The Cathedral Roadshow offers a learning experience in school which explores the history and meaning of Ely Cathedral. Schools can select one activity or a whole day for a class, year group or whole school and follow-up material is available. It will give a flavour of a visit to the Cathedral to schools who are unable to bring their pupils to Ely.

See separate leaflet for more details.

What the Children Say

"Thank you for the monks day. We had soup which I liked, with bread. I liked dressing up".
Yr 7 Special School pupil

"The organ sounded beautiful. I enjoyed every second of the morning".
Yr 4 pupil

"I loved climbing to the top of the Octagon. I felt like Alice in Wonderland going through all the doors".
Yr 8 pupil

" was quiet and I felt relaxed and thoughtful".
Yr 7 pupil

"I like the Cathedral because of the windows that tell stories".
Yr 2 pupil

What the Teachers Say

"We all had a fantastic day and I feel that the experience will provide an excellent stimulus for RE lessons during the rest of the half-term".
Yr 5 Teacher, Cambridge

"All the teachers and helpers appreciated your planning and had a stress-free day".
Yr 1 Teacher, Huntingdon

"One of my aims was to give the children a glimpse of the beauty of the Christian tradition - they certainly had that yesterday".
Yr 6 Teacher, Cambridge

"The guides were excellent and maintained the children's interest...".
Pre-school Teacher, Ely

"We do believe that the visit to the Cathedral sows a seed that may not be understood or appreciated by our pupils but which gives them an experience we could never hope to match in school".
Secondary School Headteacher, Norfolk

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Free Workshop for Teachers - Pilgrim People - The Journey of Life Enlarge