The cathedral offers a programme of educational opportunities for all ages, including school children, students and adults. Interactive workshops specially designed by experienced teachers bring learning to life; catering for both primary and secondary schools, these sessions are tailored to complement and enrich the National Curriculum. In 2022 alone 1,000 school children visited and joined in these workshops.
As well as RE, the packages cover art, history, literature and STEM.
The workshop encourages students to discover faith through the art and architecture of this ancient cathedral, with its Anglo-Saxon crypt and numerous architectural styles.
We look at faith and challenge students to think about the relationship between faith and science, as well as considering the role of religion in today’s world.
Pupils can get hands-on and help build the crypt using our construction crane and arch building blocks, as well as discuss why it was made by St Wilfrid back in 672AD.
We explore STEM activities, mixed with history and team-building tasks.
BRINGING THE CATHEDRAL TO LIFE
We take pupils around a cathedral packed with fascinating stones and arches, artefacts and furnishings, carvings and windows – each telling their own story. We explore secret passages, observe and draw signs and symbols, and describe and handle objects.
Children take part in role-play as they learn about the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.
The cathedral continues to develop its all-age learning through an annual lecture programme each autumn. In recent years these have had an historical focus to celebrate the 1350th anniversary of St Wilfrid building his basilica on the site of the present cathedral, the crypt of which is still in use.