We offer tailored visits for Key Stage 1.
Our Key Stage 1 visits are based around storytelling, followed by a tour of the Cathedral, but we are happy to adapt to suit your class.
Our stories include Old Testament stories, the life and parables of Jesus, the legend of Saint Frideswide (patron saint of Oxford), and stories of famous people associated with the Cathedral, such as Dean Liddell’s daughter Alice, who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his classic books for children.
We can also introduce pupils to the life and history of the Cathedral, and include some practical activities, such as brass rubbing.
- The Cathedral Education department only serves pupils in full-time UK education settings
- For current visit costs, please see this year’s Primary Education brochure, available as a downloadable PDF on this page, above.
- Accompanying adults are free
- Where relevant, pre-visit and follow-up materials are provided free as well.
Feedback from primary school pupils
"I really enjoyed dressing up as a bishop."
"I loved the windows because they told a story.
"It made me feel happy and calm.
"I was shocked at how big it was inside. I felt tiny inside the Cathedral."
"It was a good trip, I learnt a lot about different religions and was good fun."
Feedback from teachers
“ …we were incredibly impressed by the professionalism and passion which you and your volunteers demonstrated during our visit to Christ Church. From the initial telephone conversations to being waved off by the guides we both thoroughly pleased with the visit. We were made to feel so welcome by the Education team and their passion for sharing the history of the church and its contents was inspiring. …The way that you linked all of the desired outcomes of our visit together whilst ensuring the children left with a god understanding of how a cathedral works was outstanding. “ (Deputy HT, Great Horwood School, Bucks)
“Thank you once again for such a wonderful trip - all glowing reports from the children.” (Teacher: Longwick Primary School, Bucks)
“We had, again, a lovely day. ..They really enjoyed it and it's nice to hear children talking about being inspired to go to Oxford in the future.” (HT, Glebe School, Hillingdon)
“I just wanted to write and say what a fantastic couple of days we have had at Christchurch with you. The children had a brilliant time and have learnt so much. The sessions were really engaging and 'hands on' which was perfect. It was really good for them to experience another place of worship……and of course to see the ‘moving’ stairs.” (HT, Leafield Primary School, Oxfordshire)
“The adults and the children were full of what they had seen and done in conversations on the way home. The parent helpers were also very complimentary about the whole trip. …. the staff from the Cathedral and St Mary's made us feel so welcome and helped in all ways possible. (We) … also really appreciated the lunch in the room with the Powerpoint…. it was such a calm space and allowed the children to learn more about the Cathedral as they ate…..” (HT, Primary School, Oxfordshire)
Practical information for Teachers
To arrange a visit please contact Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer.
Please apply at least four weeks in advance.
There is unfortunately no parking at Christ Church, but it is possible to drop off pupils outside the College.
The nearest places for coaches to park are the local Park and Ride facilities.