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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 a 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.

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

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

Monastic Day

QCA RE KS1 Unit 1B KS2 3E, 5D, History KS3 Unit 14 
An opportunity for the children to dress up and experience a day in the life of a monk.

Animal Safari

QCA RE KS1 Units 1B, 1F, 2D KS2 Units 3A, 6E 
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 a KS3 trail looking at the Cathedral as a place of worship.

Pilgrimage Day

QCA RE KS2 Units 3A, 3E, 5D, 6E KS3 and GCSE 
Pupils can share the experience of a medieval pilgrim and consider their own spiritual journey.

Anglo-Saxon Day

Information to folllow

Tour of West Tower/Octagon

QCA Art & Design KS2 Units 2C, 4C 
An exciting opportunity for pupils from year 6 and above to enjoy unique views of the Cathedral and of Ely and to wonder at medieval craftsmanship.

Brass Rubbing

QCA Art & Design KS1 Units 1B, 1C KS2 Units 2C, 4C, 51 KS3 71, 9A 
A very enjoyable practical activity to support work in art and design, and history. As we are the proud owners of some beautiful brasses these can be rubbed in the Centre as part of your school's visit to the Cathedral.

Additional Themes

Christian Place of Worship
Bible Window Stories
Multi-Sensory Tour

Education Department 'Roadshow'

If you can't come to the Cathedral, the Cathedral can come to you! This offers a unique learning experience which gives a flavour of what a visit to the site would provide without leaving the classroom.

Schools can select one activity or a whole day of activities and it can be for a year group, a class or the whole school. Activities on offer include Etheldreda's Story, Monastic Day, Pilgrimage, Bible Windows, Multi-Sensory Tour and Brass Rubbing.

"Everyone involved thought it was a particularly worthwhile and lovely visit. Lots of the children said that they felt very special to have the chance to walk on the labyrinth, and it really made them stop and think. As teachers, we both thought it was brilliantly organised."

"The guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic"

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