Key Stage 3 – Activities and Resources

A variety of workshops and trail sheets are available for Key Stage 3 classes. All visits can be tailor-made to meet your requirements. For differentiation purposes it may be useful to look also at the Key Stage 2 Activities and Resources page. Trails and guidance notes may be downloaded. A copy of our current leaflet, background and travel information, and links to other useful websites can be found on the Teachers’ page.

Many schools plan cross-site visits combining a trip to the cathedral with a visit to the castle, Guildhall Museum, Eastgate House or the Huguenot Museum. Speak to our Learning Team about linked programmes.

Prices

Visits cost £2 per hour, £3.40 for up to 2 hours and £4.50 per day. Costs are the same for guided / self-guided visits. All visits need to be pre-booked. Entry cannot be guaranteed without prior booking.

We have two lunchrooms with capacity for approx 30 students each. Lunchrooms need to be pre-booked and cost £15 per half hour per room.

Please note that our lunchrooms are located up a steep flight of stairs. Alternative accommodation is occasionally available. Please phone to discuss details.

Workshops

Interactive History tour A 45 minute guided trail. Walk the cathedral timeline from its Saxon beginnings in 604, through the Norman invasion and massive growth in medieval times, ending at the Reformation in Tudor times. Medieval pilgrims and monks help to bring the journey to life.

Curriculum links: History, RE

RE Mini-tour A 45 minute guided look around the cathedral followed by 15 minutes to explore in small groups. We will match the tour to the theme of your visit.

Curriculum links: RE

Poor Man’s Bible A 45 minute guided exploration of some of the artwork in the cathedral. We decode the stories and messages in the stained glass windows, the green men, the fresco, the tiles and much more.

Curriculum links: RE, History, Art & Design, SMSC

The Monastic Experience A 45 minute costumed activity exploring the life of the medieval Benedictine community here at Rochester. Teachers’ notes for this session can be downloaded and provide ideas for follow-up work back in school.

Curriculum links: RE, History, Citizenship

Download teachers’ notes for The Monastic Experience

The Pilgrim Trail A 45 minute guided costume trail exploring the cathedral through the eyes of medieval pilgrims. Teachers’ notes for this session can be downloaded and provide ideas for follow-up work back in school.

Curriculum links: RE, History

Download teachers’ notes for The Pilgrim Trail

The Reformation Trail A 45 minute guided tour looking at the impact of the Tudors on Rochester Cathedral. We find out about the dissolution of the monastery, the lime-washing of the medieval wall paintings and the creation of the Church of England.

Curriculum links: History, RE

Short Self-Guided Trail Sheets

A member of the Learning Team will greet you and give a brief introduction to the cathedral before you begin to explore self-guided using one of the following sheets.

Be a Cathedral Detective A short trail exploring the outside of the cathedral and its environs. Allow 30 mins. Answer sheet available to download. Allow 30 minutes.

Curriculum links: History, Art & Design

Download Be a Cathedral Detective

Download answers for Be a Cathedral Detective

Longer Self-Guided Trail Booklets

A member of the Education team will greet you and give a brief introduction to the cathedral before you begin to explore self-guided using one of the following sheets.

Art & Architecture The cathedral speaks its story through a host of visual clues. Explore the history and symbolism of the building through visual evidence. Guidance notes available to download. Allow 45mins – 1 hour

Curriculum links: History, RE, Art & Design

Download Art & Architecture workbook

Download Art & Architecture guidance notes

Signs & Symbols A reflective trail based on the religious symbolism and furnishings within the cathedral. Guidance notes available to download. Allow 45mins – 1 hour

Curriculum links: RE

Download of Signs & Symbols workbook

Download of Signs & Symbols guidance notes

Time Travellers This trail takes pupils on a journey through time which links both the history and spirituality of the cathedral. Guidance notes available to download. Allow 45mins – 1 hour.

Curriculum links: History, RE

Download Time Travellers trail

Download Time Travellers guidance notes