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As an active Anglican place of worship, Great St Mary's is an ideal introduction to Christian beliefs, festivals and sacred space.

For History and Geography, it's a great opportunity to explore changes in the city centre and local identity.

Our most popular sessions for KS1 and 2 include:

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Cambridge Market Square – time-travel detectives

Explore Cambridge market with photographs and pictures from the past. Work on map skills by finding out where each picture is located, and consider change through time and local history through linked discussion questions covering transport, technology and the Cambridge coat of arms.

This session links well with a tower climb or a follow-up worksheet designing a coat of arms for the city or your own school, considering questions of local history, identity and pride.

Cambridge Tudor Trail

This self-led walk around Cambridge introduces children to the big religious conflicts of the Reformation and the kings and queens who left their mark on Cambridge. It also touches on the differences between rich and poor in Tudor England.

If you are walking to Great St Mary’s from school or from a coach stop, we can often provide bespoke resources to help make the most of your journey.

Cambridge Coats of Arms

A coats of arms hunt around Great St Mary’s and the market reveals how symbols are used to represent people and places. P1140731 (1024x576)

We discuss brands and look at stained glass windows to touch on why images can sometimes communicate more clearly than words.

This session links well with a follow-up worksheet designing a coat of arms for the city or your own school, considering questions of local history, identity and pride.

800 Years of Cambridge History

Children explore Cambridge history by using our interactive touchscreens. Encountering beautiful historic images, they practise reading comprehension and chronology by filling the gaps on their own timeline.

If you have time, KS2 can deepen and consolidate learning by making a big human timeline of the church’s history as part of this session.

Religious Studies

What’s in a Church?

Children discover how Christian beliefs link to the different parts of a church, and in turn tell us how Christians worship.in the church you see

Learning new technical vocabulary, they draw and label features including the altar, organ and pulpit.

This session links well with our introduction to Baptism.

King’s College Chapel

Our fun discovery sheet introduces children to the awe-inspiring experience of King’s College Chapel. The breath-taking stained glass and soaring stonework is something that every child growing up in or around Cambridge should see! We can also liaise with King’s to help arrange your visit.

King’s provides a great contrast with Great St Mary’s. We also have a self-led session looking at the Easter windows in King’s College Chapel.

Discovering Baptism

Through biblical quotations, props and roleplay, children learn about the Christian sacrament of Baptism. 4AS ipad2 051 - Copy (1024x911)We cover Jesus’ Baptism, Baptism customs in different churches, and ideas of forgiveness.

Children can also consolidate their learning by sequencing images to tell the story of a baptism on an attractive worksheet to take home.

Christmas in Art and Music, with a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Children retell the Christmas story with help from our beautiful stained glass window and other visual aids and props. Deepening their learning, they practise sequencing the story and link it to familiar carol lyrics.

The optional trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum introduces new technical vocabulary covering the stages of the Christmas story, which allows children to explore medieval and Renaissance art with confidence.

This can also be combined with a reflective session where children create beaded decorations to help them remember the Christmas story.

That’s not all…

We frequently adapt our sessions and develop new ones.

Please get in touch with the heritage education officer to discuss a visit that will link with your scheme of work.