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GCSE: Visits and Resources
We offer a selection of workshops that tailor specifically to GCSE students and aim to support them in their exams. Developed in line with the curriculum and with the support of exam boards, we have created engaging, thought provoking and specialist workshops and resources.
Religious Studies GCSE Visits:
We offer Religious Studies guided visits and workshops that that are tailored to the AQA and Edexcel RS GCSE specifications, as well as offering visits that provide SMSC provision for students.
The Big Issues: Exploring Christian Ethics
Students will explore the Cathedral and have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with a priest to discuss ethical issues. The students are asked to submit their own questions and the aim is to challenge and engage students through deep thinking and discussion on a variety of philosophical and ethical issues affecting the world today. We have produced some free resources including a series of answers from Cathedral clergy to common questions relating to beliefs and ethics.
Art and Spirituality: Exploring the Art of St Paul’s Cathedral
Students will explore art from the 18th Century to present day and will investigate how theology is communicated through a variety of visual media. They will reflect on how art can be a form of religious expression and what it can tell us about faith and Christian belief.
Sacred Space for GCSE
Students will consider how St Paul’s functions as a place of Christian worship through its design and furnishings (e.g. altars and fonts) and think about festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost as depicted in its artworks. Students will investigate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and reflect on different forms of worship and prayer. This visit will support learning about beliefs, teaching and practices in Christianity.
Specialised Thematic Studies Workshops:
These focused workshops are designed to immerse students in their specific GCSE topics. Through facilitated discussion and tailored activities, students examine exam specification relevant case studies from the Cathedral’s heritage (both historic and 21st Century examples), think around Biblical teachings and consider different Christian (and other) perspectives on the subject. Schools can currently choose from Religion, Families and Gender or Religion, Peace and Conflict and are advised to highlight which examination board specification they follow when booking.
Half or Full Day workshops can be offered (Full Day visits will include elements of other GCSE visits listed above). If you missed our Religion, Crime and Punishment Conference in October 2019, you can watch the film here.
‘You could tell our guide was familiar with the GCSE course as she continuously pointed out specific and relevant information that the pupils could use in their exams’ (Year 11 Teacher)
History GCSE Visits:
Developed with AQA and offered to schools choosing Restoration England in the history syllabus, this offer is tailored to the specification and covers core themes for the exam. It is also provides a key visit for those exploring St Paul’s Cathedral as the Historic Environment in 2021.
Discover what happened to St Paul’s Cathedral during the interregnum and how it was restored before the Great Fire of London destroyed what remained. Engage with archival material to explore the story of how St Paul’s Cathedral was designed and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren for the people of London.
GCSE History Workshop - Restoration England - Booking from March 2020:
Explore the Cathedral and discover its restoration story from Civil War and fire to new designs and the rebuilding of an iconic place of worship for London. Includes a visit behind the scenes to Wren’s Great Model and the Geometric Staircase.
Visit the Cathedral independently and use our Restoration Worksheet to guide you. Visit places of importance and engage with questions and activities to make the most of your visit.
In the Classroom:
Support your learning with our online resources and Virtually Access the Great Model from inside your classroom.
- Take a look at the Warrant Design for the Cathedral and compare with the current building.
For more KS 3, 4 & 5 guided visits please look at our Secondary School Brochure or feel free to get in touch to find out what visit might be best for your group. Sign up to our Newsletter or follow us on Twitter @stpaulsedu to find out what special events, conferences and offers we may have for secondary school students.