Churches are always interesting places to visit, with lots to see and explore.
Before the visit:
- Discuss the different features of a church… where are they normally located in a church, and what are they used for?
- Go on a virtual visit to give children an idea of the things that they are likely to see.
- Look up the church you are visiting using Google Maps or Google Earth. Is the church a special shape? Look at buildings in the surrounding area. How far does the church’s community extend? Where is the nearest other church? Can the children describe a safe route from the school to the church?
During the visit:
- Interview a representative from the church.
- Ask children to find items / features previously discussed in class.
- Can the children draw a map / plan of the church, using labels to show where different parts of the church can be found?
- Sketch items found in a church, labelling what they are and how they might be used.
- Find patterns / shapes / parallel and perpendicular lines within the building. Ask children to sketch them and make a note of where they were found.
- Challenge children to find one thing beginning with each letter of the alphabet (e.g. A = altar, B = bells).
- Ask the children to take digital photos, which could be used for work or a display back at school.
The following activities were suggested by Sarah Rowlands:
- Count the number of crosses you see inside and outside the church. Sketch and photograph them. Compare them. Discuss their symbolism.
- Ask the vicar or priest to lead a short service or assembly.
- Wax rubbings of gravestones (if appropriate) or brass plaques.
- Act out family real-life services such as christenings or wedding.
If you have any other suggestions, then add them to the comments area, or email me and I’ll add them to this page.