Key Stage 1

KS1 pupils visiting Christ ChurchOur 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.  

The stories can include Bible stories, 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 include some practical activities, such as brass rubbing.

  • Feedback from pupils

'Thank you for an amazing visit. I loved it! I went home with so many things in my brain.'

'I loved when we dressed up as monks.'

'This was one of the best school trips I’ve had!'

'I really enjoyed dressing up as a bishop.'

'It made me feel happy and calm.'

'I was shocked at how big it was inside. I felt tiny inside the Cathedral.'

Feedback from teachers

Brass rubbing in the Cathedral'Many thanks again for a thoroughly interesting and lovely day. We honestly cannot think of anything that could be improved, we thoroughly loved everything! The "mystery box" was very engaging for the children: interactive and exciting for them and a very good assessment tool for the teaching staff.' (Reception Teacher, Oxfordshire)

'We were incredibly impressed by the professionalism and passion which you and your volunteers demonstrated during our visit to Christ Church. The way that you linked all of the desired outcomes of our visit together whilst ensuring the children left with a good understanding of how a cathedral works was outstanding.' (Deputy HT, Bucks)

'Thank you once again for such a wonderful trip - all glowing reports from the children.' (Teacher: 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, Hillingdon)

'I just wanted to write and say what a fantastic couple of days we have had at Christ Church 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, 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, Oxfordshire)

Practical information for Teachers

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. There is no charge for accompanying adults. You'll need to complete a booking form.

To arrange a visit please contact Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer 01865 286003

Please apply at least four weeks in advance.

For further information, see Practicalities