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INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

"WE AIM TO MAKE THE CATHEDRAL ACCESSIBLE TO YOUNG PEOPLE, BOTH AS A BUILDING AND AS A LIVING COMMUNITY OF FAITH"

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 and a learning officer 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 RS 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 organise 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//noitacude for full details of our activities and resources or to book a visit.

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

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.

Ely Cathedral Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults

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

"...it 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