FREE Opportunities for Schools

Posted on: October 15th, 2019

FREE Opportunities for Schools: Newcastle Cathedral 2019-2020

Newcastle Cathedral has lots of exciting, new offers for school groups this academic year. Whether you want to learn more about the history of the Cathedral, the people who are remembered here or the artists and designers who helped build it, we have something to suit your group.

FREE Illustration workshops – Cathedral Characters

During a free 2-hour workshop at your school students will learn about some of the ‘Cathedral Characters’ from history before bringing them to life in their own amazing designs. Students will also decide who should be celebrated and remembered in the Cathedral from our world today.

Your students will work with a professional illustrator to make artworks that will be exhibited on a large scale in Newcastle Cathedral throughout 2020.

This opportunity is limited to 8 schools only. If you are interested in taking part please contact with an expression of interest by Monday 25th November 2019.

This workshop is open to KS1 and KS2 students. Only one class per school may participate.

FREE Creative History sessions for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 groups

Develop your students’ understanding of some of the North East’s people, stories and artefacts, through these Creative History workshops.

Key Stage One

Bright, Light, Build

This one-hour cross curricular workshop explores some of the stained-glass windows in Newcastle Cathedral, and the artists who made them.

Working in groups students will explore colour and light, build large scale dens* and use collage techniques to create their own stained ‘glass’ windows.

* Please note that this workshop requires the use of a large, open space to accommodate den building.

Beautiful Birds Paper Crafting

This one-hour cross curricular workshop explores some of the birds that you can find in Newcastle Cathedral, and the artists who made them.

Students will learn basic paper- crafting techniques and will make their own ‘Beautiful Bird’ headdresses.

Key Stage Two

Curious Creatures Carving

This one-hour cross curricular workshop explores some of the ‘curious creatures’ that can be found in Newcastle Cathedral, and looks at the North East artist Ralph Hedley who created many of them.

Students will learn basic carving techniques and will make their own mini ‘curious creature’ carving using safe tools and bars of soap!

Magnificent Memorial Making

This one-hour cross curricular workshop explores some of the memorials that can be found in Newcastle Cathedral, and the people that they were made for.

Using basic engraving techniques students will create their own version of the famous ‘Thornton Brass’ and will use printmaking techniques to make their own prints.

KS1 and 2 assembly*

This short, interactive introduction to Newcastle Cathedral includes a brief overview of its’ history, present purpose and future ambitions.

This assembly is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 and can be tailored for specific year groups if requested. We can adapt this session to suit the length of time you require.

*Please note that this assembly is not led by a member of the clergy and so will not include acts of worship. To enquire about a worship-based assembly please contact

How to Book

If you are interested in booking a workshop or assembly please contact: giving at least 3 weeks’ notice.

These activities are FREE* and open to all schools that teach KS1 and/or KS2 students. All materials and equipment are included. Creative History workshops are led by a member of Newcastle Cathedral’s Learning team. Workshops can either be held at your school or at Newcastle Cathedral.

*We can provide one workshop or assembly per school free of charge. Additional workshop bookings come with a cost of £2 per child.

This activity is kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more about our National Lottery Heritage Fund project Common Ground in Sacred Space please visit

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