Workshops for Key Stage 3

Brass Rubbing

The children look at the brasses in the cathedral and learn how to use them as sources of historical information. They then make their own brass rubbings from replica brasses to take home.

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.

Illuminated Lettering

A workshop to discover how the medieval monks made paper, pens and coloured inks. Dressed as monks working in the medieval scriptorium, the children will explore the development of beautiful styles of writing and decoration over the centuries and then produce their own illuminated letter.


Walking the labyrinth in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral is a peaceful and reflective journey. With activity stations along the way to encourage pupils to think about a variety of topics, they make their joiurney with both as indivisuals and with friends. Drawing on aspects of the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum, during the session they will also look at how peace is represented in art and poetry.

Roman Mosaic

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.


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