St Andrew's School in Kettering goes searching for symbols in the Cathedral

Tuesday 24 January

Over seventy pupils from Years 5 and 6 at St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Kettering came to visit the Cathedral this week.

The visit was part of their RE studies, exploring Psalm 8 and thinking about God’s creation.

During the day the 9 – 11 year olds, led by Cathedral Schools and Families Officer Alex Carton and her team, went on a special guided tour of the Cathedral, learning about its structure, design and symbolism, and thinking about how Christians honour God’s creation through worship.

They also looked for shapes and patterns in the building and made some sketches which they then turned into collage designs. They were also able to design their own symbol of creation to make a sticky stained glass window to take home.

The action packed day included time lying on their backs under the soaring tower crossing and writing down the thoughts that this inspired. They also listened to music and made tiny clay pots to contain the name of someone who made them feel secure.

Younger children from Years 3 and 4 at the same school will be back at the Cathedral on Friday for the Katharine of Aragon Schools Day. Then they will be able to learn about life in Tudor times from costumed interpreters.

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Pupils working in the cathedralClay pots made by the children

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