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Bring the wonderful heritage and history of the cathedral to the classroom, with our brand new virtual education cathedral tours

What will the virtual tours consist of?

  • The tours will allow children to explore the cathedral and its extensive treasured collections from the comfort and safety of the classroom, via the medium of Zoom conferencing.
  • Learn about monastic life in the medieval period and the impact of the Reformation to support work in history. Marvel at the architecture and art both in the stained glass and the intricate patterns employed by Norman stonemasons. Discover the story behind two of the North East's most lauded saints, St Cuthbert and St Bede.
  • Tours are linked to the National Curriculum and Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
 
  • Resource boxes, packed with themed objects and books, as well as fun dressing-up costumes, will be supplied to schools and colleges within a 20 mile radius of the cathedral ahead of tour (objects and materials will be prepared and delivered in line with Covid-19 Government guidelines) so that children can get hands on with history as they're following along digitally.
  • Classes will be supplied with a microphone allowing for real time questions. 
  • Tours will last around one hour and can be tailored to suit each class.
  • Downloadable activities will also be provided to help embed the learning.

When will the tours run?

  • Sessions run Monday- Friday, with one morning and one afternoon session per day (timings are flexible to fit around the individual needs of the school and to accommodate break and lunch times).
 

How will Zoom work?

  • The tours will be delivered using Zoom so that teachers can connect the tour to whiteboards in the classroom, meaning all pupils can watch at once. Schools and colleges will receive Zoom joining instructions by email after they sign up.
 

How much do sessions cost?

  • Sessions cost £3.50 per child

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Book your school in

If you like the sound of the virtual education tours and want to sign your school up, or simply want further information email education@durhamcathedral.co.uk