Our learning programme addresses a variety of curriculum areas e.g. art, English and history. The Cathedral Education Team are particularly happy to focus on heritage, identity and belonging and the story that the Cathedral has to tell about Bradford's growth as a city. The RE content of our learning programme is designed to address aspects of the Bradford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, the Diocesan Syllabus for RE and the Department for Education none statutory guidance for RE.  All learning sessions and trails are experiential and include opportunities for children to reflect and to respond creatively. They are designed to acknowledge the diverse nature of British society in the 21st century.


Bradford Agreed Syllabus for RE Key Stage 2 Programme of Study

Lower Key Stage 2 

  • Beliefs - What do different people believe about God?
  • Practices - How do faith communities demonstrate what is sacred?
  • Forms of expression - How do believers use symbolism to show their beliefs?

Upper Key Stage 2

  • Beliefs - Why are there different beliefs about God?
  • Practices - Why are certain people, places and times sacred?
  • Forms of expression - Why do people need to express their beliefs?

RE Themes

A Sacred Space - A Religious Trail

This is a Cathedral discovery trail featuring an exploration of key features that are connected to the practice and expression of the Christian faith e.g.  the font (baptism), the nave (people at worship), the lectern and pulpit (the Bible), the chancel (music in worship), the cathedra (the bishopric), the sanctuary  (Holy Communion). The focus is on Christianity, but the participants are tasked with using their 'detective' skills to find out about a Christian place of worship and compare this with other places of worship in the city, interpreting what they discover and identifying similarities and differences between religions.

 Windows on Faith








The Cathedral features an amazing collection of stained glass windows, which provide an insight into the origins of Christian belief and practice. They are one way in which Christians demonstrate what they hold to be sacred and special. They feature stories of the life of Jesus, the early Church, and also the saints of the British Isles, including stories of particular significant female saints. Some of the windows link to special times of remembrance and commemoration in the Christian calendar.



Signs and Symbols

This workshop explores signs and symbols, dangerous times and secret messages. It also explores the symbols and colours of the Church’s Year as found in objects and places in the building and in the robes and vestments worn by the clergy and the Bishop.


World War I and the Memorial Bells


 In this workshop participants will find out about the history of bells in the Cathedral and   compare the use of bells, to the use of call and response in other religious traditions.   They will use artefacts, documents and exhibition materials to find out about the World   War I Memorial Bells and the story of Bradford bell ringer Joe Hardcastle (pictured   bottom  right above). They will use role play and exposition to retell the story of the Bells   to others.





The Key to the Cathedral Trail (Lower Key Stage 2)

This  involves a hunt for lost treasure. The children are tasked with solving clues and  follow a 'key' trail that explores the Cathedral's main features. They also take part in an associated craft activity. All participants receive their own personal key to the Cathedral as a reminder that the door to Bradford Cathedral is open to all.


Reflection and Creative Response


The Cathedral Education Team are happy to facilitate teacher led opportunities for quiet, reflective  time to enable the experience of awe, wonder and mystery in this special and unique Christian place of worship. Likewise it is possible to arrange appropriate teacher led sessions, that encourage participants to respond in a range of creative ways to the Cathedral experience. 

Bespoke Sessions

If possible we encourage schools to choose from the learning sessions and workshops outlined above. However should group leaders have particular content that they would like the Education Team to cover, please make this clear at the time of booking and whenever possible we will endeavour to meet your needs.