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Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Learning and caring together, building a firm foundation for the future

Rochester Cathedral

On Wednesday 9th October, Year 5 went on a day trip to Rochester Cathedral.

We travelled by train.

We arrived early, so we had a look around Rochester Castle grounds.

In the Cathedral we had three activities: we had a Cathedral tour, we had a booklet of activities and questions and we had a music making workshop.

The Tour

Our guide explained what a Bishop would wear and carry.

Can you remember the names of these items?

We learned about the words used at a Christening.

These stone steps have been worn away by the knees of many pilgrims. Wood now makes these steps safe for us to use. We walked up on our knees, as pilgrims would have done.

The Activity Booklet

We found a quiet spot in the cloister garden to listen and to draw.

We answered questions about the fresco. In the lower section, King Ethelbert of Kent is being baptised, in the upper section, Jesus is being baptised.

One of our favourite places was The Lady Chapel, where we were able to draw our favourite stained glass window.

The music workshop

In the first part of the workshop we demonstrated the frequency and amplitude of sound using a long, blue cloth. We moved it faster for higher sounds and more vigorously for loud sounds.

We also became a human church organ, with bellows, a keyboard, pipes and stops.

We then moved into the education building, where we created musical scales using bottles and water.

We played our bottles with spoons.

You could visit the Cathedral yourself (it's free) or make your own bottle music.

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