Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Suggested Activities
+ Ask pupils; what is a cathedral? What happens there? Collect pupil ideas and challenge pupils to play the dictionary game. Ask pupils to look up the definition of cathedral in the dictionary and find six cathedral related words by following the clues in each definition e.g. 'Cathedral - the principal church of a diocese, with which the bishop is officially associated', in this case pupils look up diocese and use the definition to find another cathedral related word to look up. Play choral music and reveal to pupils that they only have until the music stops to complete the task. Review pupil findings and use them to create a class word bank.
+ Show pupils British Cathedrals. Ask pupils; when were most Cathedrals built? Why was work begun on Truro Cathedral so much later? Collect pupil ideas and note the period when Henry VIII turned several of the monasteries that he had dissolved into cathedrals. Split the class into groups. Challenge groups to suggest three possible reasons why Truro Cathedral was built at this time. Collect initial group ideas e.g. the existing church was falling down, so many people wanted to go to church that they had to build a bigger one etc.
+ Provide groups with a selection of clues to help them with their investigation, for instance a map showing the distance between Cornwall and Exeter, pictures of Exeter Cathedral, the Wesleys, Gwennap Pit, a chapel, tea treat celebrations and Quotes. Give each group time to present their possible reasons to the class. Record group ideas and compile a class list of possible reasons. Hold a class vote to find out pupil opinion on why Truro Cathedral was begun in 1877.
+ Explain to pupils that most of the Cathedrals built in the Middle Ages were designed to look quite different with lots of artwork, elaborate screens and colourful decoration but that during the Reformation these things were taken out of Cathedrals because they were seen as Catholic. Ask pupils; why did the architect of Truro Cathedral choose to build in the style of Cathedrals built around 800 years ago but without all the colourful decoration? Collect pupil ideas and ask; can you think of something that is trendy now? Can you think of anything that has gone out of fashion? Show pupils examples of English Gothic Architecture e.g. Salisbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, York Minster. Encourage pupils to identify the key features of the English Gothic style e.g. pointed arches, vaulted roof, large windows, buttresses etc.
+ Take the class to visit Truro Cathedral and help pupils to devise a behaviour code for visiting a place of worship. Encourage pairs to find five examples of the English Gothic Style from outside and inside the building. Participate in a workshop at the Cathedral to help pupils learn about the origins of the Cathedral and how it is used today. Provide opportunities for pupils to engage in quiet reflection during their visit.