New home schooling activities for families ​

22 April 2020
From delving into the medieval history of Norwich Cathedral to learning about the life of First World War heroine Edith Cavell, there are many different topics for children to explore in the Cathedral’s new home learning resources hub.
Herbert De Losinga © Paul Hurst

To help families and teachers leading lessons at home during this challenging time, the Cathedral’s Schools and Family Learning Department has been busy creating a whole series of cross-curricular educational activities across all key stages for children to enjoy.

Youngsters can find out more about Christianity and other World Faiths, and they can also step back through the history of Norwich Cathedral. They can learn about the Cathedral’s founder, Bishop Herbert de Losinga, look at how the 900-year-old Cathedral was built, and find out what life was like as a Benedictine monk.
Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith
The latest addition is a new story called Holy Smoke, the day the tower fell! which takes children from the present day back to 1272 when the Great Fire of the Cathedral Priory took place, and the story also includes a cameo role from Budge the Norwich Cathedral cat!

There are also educational resources putting a special spotlight on nursing heroines Edith Cavell – who is buried at Norwich Cathedral - and Florence Nightingale as well as some science, poetry and art-inspired activities.
Norwich Cathedral schools workshop © Paul Hurst
The activities are aimed at a range of different ages and can all be downloaded from the Cathedral website. A number of the activities also have short films to accompany them on the new Norwich Cathedral Schools and Families YouTube Channel.

Janet Marshall, the Cathedral’s Head of Schools and Family Learning, said: “We love having schoolchildren visit Norwich Cathedral and we cannot wait to welcome back school groups to the Cathedral when it is safe and sensible to do so.
“In the meantime, we hope all these activities will be a big help to families and teachers during these challenging times and that children will have a great time learning about Christianity and other World Faiths, the history of Norwich Cathedral and many other topics.
“We will be updating our resources regularly so please keep checking back to see our latest activities!”

To see the full list of educational activities click here

To see the associated videos on the Norwich Cathedral Schools & Families' Resources YouTube Channel click here

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