Year 3 visited Derby Cathedral and St Mary’s Church recently with School Chaplain, Reverend Paul Taylor, and class teacher Mrs Monk. It was to complement the Religious Studies topic of ‘Signs and Symbols’.

The visit to the Cathedral coincided with the stunning Museum of the Moon display, and it was also the day that the Knife Angel was being craned into position outside.

The class looked at the bronze lectern which has the eagle standing on top of the world, which symbolises the word of God being passed around the world. They also looked at Bess of Hardwick’s tomb, the altar and St Katherine’s crypt where many years ago the dead bodies were kept – this was a source of fascination for the boys!

As part of the visit they also tried on some of the garments used in church. Jack dressed up as the bishop and Zach as the bishop’s server who has to pass him his crook.

After a snack in the Sanctuary Cafe the group then walked to St Mary’s Church where they met Father Paul. They compared the altar here to the one in the Cathedral and admired the beautiful stained glass windows and paintings which tell the story of the Stations of the Cross. The boys particularly enjoyed the Lady Chapel. Jacob said he liked this the most as it was so calm.

Harley said: “I loved seeing the knife angel, the gigantic moon, Bess of Hardwick’s tomb and the crypt.” Jack added: “I loved seeing the statues of Mary and Joseph and the little cupboard where they keep the bread and wine.”

Mrs Monk said: “We learnt a lot on our trip to the Cathedral and St Mary’s. It’s always good for the boys to see the things we are talking about in our topic in real life and in-situ.”