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Pilgrimage to Peterborough

Tuesday saw the whole school depart from Exton on a coach for our pilgrimage to Peterborough Cathedral. A pilgrimage is literally 'a journey', and there was much excitement from our younger children about travelling on a coach!


The day had been put together for us by the education team at Peterborough Cathedral to help the children understand more about their diocesan cathedral and its history, and to understand a little more about what it means to be a church school. 


In the morning the younger children used bricks, pictures, material and other resources to recreate our journey to Peterborough Cathedral from Exton in the aisles of the cathedral. They also had the opportunity to create their own bishop's mitres.


Meanwhile, in other parts of the cathedral, the older classes took part in a trio of activities to create pilgrim badges; to understand more about the role of the bishop and what the diocese is; and to find out more about the history of the cathedral and the buildings that preceded it. 


After a quick lunch, it was time to explore some of our learning through art activities, with Aqua class making smudge art using some of the symbols they had seen around the church. Teal and Cobalt classes explored the cathedral building, looking for different shapes of interest, and then created pastel and ink art to create their own cathedral shape. 


The day concluded with a shared collective worship in the nave of the church, where Canon Tim led us in readings and prayers, and we raised the roof with our singing.


Thank you to the cathedral team for putting the day together for us - we certainly have a better understanding of the cathedral as our 'mother church'. 


It was great to have so many lovely comments from both the volunteers at the cathedral, and from the public who were sharing the space, about how beautifully behaved and polite the children were.


We look forward to visiting the cathedral again in the future.

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