Workshops for Key Stage 1
Can Buildings Speak? Clay Workshop
The Cathedral is alive with shapes, patterns, and textures. The children explore these throughout the building, recording their observations using sketching and rubbings. These ideas are then used as the stimulus for a clay tile workshop. This allows the children to draw on first hand observations and to interpret the shapes and patterns they have found around the buildings. Back at school, clay tiles can be painted and varnished or left as they are. The clay we use hardens naturally and does not need firing.
Clay Tile Modelling
Having looked closely at the range of floor tiles in the Cathedral and at the medieval designs and symbols there and elsewhere in the building, children set to work to make a clay floor tile of their own and to decorate it in relief. Back at school, tiles can be painted and varnished or left as they are. The clay we use hardens naturally and does not need firing.
After an introduction to life in Roman Britain and a look at some of the wonderful mosaics from Verulamium the children will design and make their own Mosaic Tile to take back to school. They can be put together to make a fabulous display.
Stained Glass Windows
The session begins with an examination of the different styles and images in the Abbeys windows. We concentrate especially on the Rose Window looking at geometry, colour and light. Each child then designs and makes their own window using colour acetate to take back to school.
The Tudor Kitchen
In this workshop the children have an opportunity to sample the tastes of Tudor Britain by recreating 2 recipes from the time of Henry VIII. Led by a teacher in period dress, the children first learn about the types of food eaten by both rich and poor Tudors, before making either some cheese, gingerbread or salad (The children will have time to make 2 out of the 3 recipes. Please let us now your preferences when you make your booking). Finally, the food is served to all following banquet etiquette, as Tudor music plays gently in the background.
Tudor Music & Dance
An energetic workshop with the pupils engaged in authentic music and dance of the Tudor period. They will learn both the stately dance of the court and the lively dances of the countryside. The children will examine the different styles of dress for the rich and the poor and the handle and play a selection of Tudor instrument.
Using toy and game artefacts, the children become historical detectives to explore pastimes in the Tudor age. They will consider the contrast between toys owned by the rich and poor of society, what the toys were made of and how they worked. Having handled examples, the children will have the chance to make a Tudor version of Nine Mens Morris to take home at the end of the session.
Victorians - The Classroom Experience
Did you know that from 1553 to 1871 the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral was used as a school? Using this as our inspiration, the children will consider the changes that going to school brought to the lives of Victorian children, before entering the Victorian Classroom to experience life as a Victorian school child. Under the tutorship of 2 stern and strict teachers, the children will learn the 3 R’s, experience drill and an object lesson, and live in fear of the dunce’s hat and the cane! At the end of the session the children will have a chance to reflect on their experiences and compare them with modern day teaching.
Using toy and game artefacts, the children become historical detectives to explore pastimes in the Victorian age. They will consider the contrast between toys owned by the rich and poor of society, what the toys were made of and how they worked. Having handled examples, the children will have the chance to make a Victorian Thaumatrope of their own to take home at the end of the session.