Learning

There are lots of opportunities for learning at Birmingham Cathedral.

Whether you want to improve your own knowledge, or organise an educational visit for your school, college or university, there are plenty of resources to support you.


Resources for schools and educational groups

We can provide various sessions and resources for schools and educational groups. These can be delivered in person or virtually, either within the classroom or at the cathedral. All sessions last approximately 2 hours.

Please get in touch to discuss your particular requirements. – Email Jane McArdle, Head of Learning at jane.mcardle@birminghamcathedral.com

Learning resources

Please feel free to utilise our range of resources to help pupils and young people learn more about our beautiful cathedral!

Hearts and sounds trail

A beautifully illustrated guide to our cathedral and surrounding churchyard.

Candles in the cathedral

A learning resource suitable for Key Stage 1

Military Standards and colours

Information about the Military Standards and colours laid up in Birmingham Cathedral

Sessions for schools

A place of Christian worship

This session explores what a cathedral is, origins and beliefs, the role of prayer, baptism and the story of the life of Christ.

Details

  • Cost: £1.50 per pupil
  • Group size: up to 60 pupils
  • Delivery: at the cathedral or virtually
  • Curriculum links: RE, Art and History
  • Key Stages: 1 – 3

This sessions enables pupils to understand Christianity and the distinctiveness of a place of Christian worship.

Please do get in touch to find out more, discuss your exact requirements, explore collaborations, and make bookings.

Divine Beauty for schools

This session celebrates our world-famous stained-glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the workshop of William Morris.

Details

  • Cost: free
  • Group size: up to 60 pupils.
  • Delivery: at the cathedral
  • Curriculum links: Art, History, RE, Literacy, Drama
  • Key Stages: 1 – 3

This session is run thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Pupils will explore the artistic importance and making of the windows through role play and pupils will make their own piece of art to take away.

Music sessions for schools

These sessions celebrate the role of music at the cathedral, and involve singing games, learning new songs and performance.

Details

  • Cost: Free
  • Group size: Up to 60 pupils.
  • Delivery: Classroom
  • Curriculum Links: Music, Art, History, RE, Science
  • Key Stages: 1 & 2

Sessions are themed as History of Birmingham Remembrance, The Victorians or The Natural World. Details of dates for planned sessions can be found in our calendar.

Advent sessions for schools

This session explores this important time in the Christian Year and take place inside the cathedral and in the churchyard.

Details

  • Cost: £1.50 per pupil
  • Group size: up to 30 pupils
  • Delivery: at the cathedral
  • Curriculum Links: RE, Art, Music
  • Key Stage: 2

Pupils will be taken on a journey of discovery through the Christmas story, looking at different traditions and singing a Christmas carol in front of the Nativity Stained-Glass window.

Details of dates for planned sessions can be found in our calendar.


Discover the Christian faith videos

Supported by a generous grant from Westhill Endowment Trust, The Arts Society Birmingham has collaborated with six different places of worship, Birmingham Faith Leaders and other organisations to produce resources designed to enhance a school visit, or to support a virtual visit.

Below are four videos featuring Birmingham Cathedral. Feel free to use these directly from our YouTube channel.