Christian signs & symbols

This trail focuses on the rich decoration and design of the Cathedral building and helps pupils to look more closely and appreciate the detail. (It is recommended that for KS2/3 this trail is followed by the Church Year workshop.)

Give your pupils the opportunity to:

  • Hunt for the “Cathedral code” throughout the building
  • Record their observation of symbols (please provide sketching materials)
  • Discover the meaning of the chief symbols found in the Cathedral
  • Devise a stained glass window design demonstrating their understanding of the symbols they have discovered.

Sacred Art: A number of trails have been devised for KS3-5 that explore art and religious symbolism; please ask for information about Finding Mary, Kandinsky and the West Windows, or the Fraser Chapel Reredos. You might like to complement your Cathedral trail with a visit to Manchester City Art Gallery, where you can view works by Holman Hunt which are richly symbolic.

KEY STAGE: 2-5
CURRICULUM LINKS: RE, Art
VENUE: Cathedral
DURATION: 60 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 40
COST PER PUPIL: £2