Our self-guided trails allow your pupils to explore the Cathedral with your support. We provide self-guided trails tailored to a variety of national curriculum subjects and key stages, all of which come with accompanying notes for teachers to ensure that you get the most out of your visit to Lincoln Cathedral.

Please state on your booking form which of the self-guided trails you would like to use when you visit the Cathedral.

EYFS

KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5 Citizenship History Maths RE Science

Cathedral Explorer Pack

 Yes Yes         Yes   Yes

Yes

General Children’s Trail

  Yes Yes         Yes   Yes

Yes

Shapes, Patterns and Numbers Trail

Yes Yes             Yes  

 

 Materials Trail

  Yes                

Yes

Signs and Symbols Trail   Yes Yes             Yes

 

Magna Carta, Church and State Trail

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes     Yes

 

Cathedral Explorer Pack

The Cathedral Explorer Pack is a backpack containing an activity booklet and various objects – for example, binoculars, a torch, a compass –  that help children explore the Cathedral in a fun and engaging way. This is a self-guided trail with information notes for accompanying adults. Some supervision is needed to help the children use some of the items in the backpack. We have enough packs for a class of thirty children, assuming they share one pack between 2-3 children.

Suitable for 6 to 11-year-olds

Trail length: 60-90 minutes

KS1 KS2
History

(National Curriculum 2014)

Lives of significant individuals

Local History Study

Local History Study
RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 3: Visiting a Christian Church Unit 1: Christian Beliefs and Lifestyle
Science

(National Curriculum 2014)

Working scientifically

Everyday materials/using everyday materials

Working scientifically

Rocks

Light

 

General Children’s Trail

The general children’s trail takes the children around the Cathedral and introduces them briefly to some of the most important elements of the Cathedral’s history, architecture and significance to the Christian Faith. This is a self-guided trail with information notes for accompanying adults.

Suitable for 6 to 11-year-olds

Trail length: 60-90 minutes

KS1 KS2
History

(National Curriculum 2014)

Lives of Significant Individuals

Local History Study

Local History Study
RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 3: Visiting a Christian Church Unit 1: Christian Beliefs and Lifestyle

 

Shapes, Patterns and Numbers

This trail focuses on developing skills and experience in Maths. It offers children the opportunity to explore the Cathedral whilst using mathematical skills associated with numbers and geometry. This is a self-guided trail with information notes for accompanying adults.

Suitable for 4 to 7-year-olds

Trail length: 60 minutes

EYFS KS1
Maths

(National Curriculum 2014)

Numbers

Shape, Space and Measures

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

 

Number: Number and Place Value

Number: Multiplication and Division

Geometry: Properties of Shapes

Geometry: Position and Direction

RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 1: Myself

Unit 5: Special Times in my Life

Unit 6: Special Times for me and Others

Unit 10: Our Special Places

Unit 12: My Senses

 

Unit 3: Visiting a Christian Church

 

 

 

 

Materials

This trail focuses on exploring the different materials that make up the fabric of Lincoln Cathedral. Children need to show they can work scientifically in order to complete the activities that make up the trail. This is a self-guided trail that includes information notes for accompanying adults.

Suitable for 5 to 7-year-olds

Trail length: 60 minutes

KS1
Science

(National Curriculum 2014)

Working Scientifically

Everyday Materials/Uses of Everyday Materials

RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 3: Visiting a Christian Church

 

Signs and Symbols

The Signs and Symbols trail introduces children to the key features and symbols of Lincoln Cathedral as a place of Christian worship. It helps children explore the importance of the font, the cross, the Bible and the altar in the Christian faith, as well as explaining symbols and beliefs such as light, colour, prayer and the Trinity. This is a self-guided trail with information notes for accompanying adults.

Suitable for 5 to 13-year-olds

Trail length: 60 minutes

 

KS1 KS2 KS3
RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 3: Visiting a Christian Church

Unit 7: Belonging to a Christian Community

Unit 9: Talking about God

 

 

Unit 1: Christian Beliefs and Lifestyle

Unit 7: Christian Journeys

Unit 9: Symbolism in Worship in the Cathedral

Unit 11: Religion in the Neighbourhood

 

Unit 1: What is Sacred in Christianity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magna Carta, Church and State

(Available from October 2014)

This trail enables children to explore the historical issues associated with the development of the relationship between Church, state and society in medieval Britain, with a particular emphasis on the Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament. Lincoln Cathedral has been home to one of the few remaining original copies of the Magna Carta since its creation in 1215 and its main architect, Archbishop Stephen Langton, was a Lincolnshire man, so this is a perfect opportunity to find out more about this seminal document in a place intimately connected with its development and dissemination. This is a self-guided trail with information notes for accompanying adults.

Suitable for 11 to 18-year-olds

Trail length: 60 minutes

KS3 KS4 KS5
Citizenship

(National Curriculum Statutory Guidance 2013)

The roles of Citizens, Parliament and the Monarch

The Precious Liberties enjoyed by the Citizens of the United Kingdom

 

 

The role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account
GCSE Citizenship (variety of syllabuses)GCSE General Studies (variety of syllabuses)
A Level Citizenship Studies (AQA syllabus)

A Level General Studies (variety of syllabuses)

 

 

History

(National Curriculum 2014)

The Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament

The Development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745

Local History Study

GCSE History (variety of syllabuses)

 

 

 

 

A Level History (variety of syllabuses)

 

 

 

RE

(Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus)

Unit 1: What is Sacred in Christianity?

Unit 9: Moral Codes – Justice, Fairness, Conflict and Resolution

Unit 15: Community – where do we belong?

GCSE RE/RS (variety of syllabuses)

 

 

 

A Level RE/RS (variety of syllabuses)

A Level Philosophy (variety of syllabuses)

 

 

We will try to accommodate individual requests, so if you would like a specially designed tour or trail for your school’s visit, please contact the Cathedral on 01522 561 600.