On Monday 6th November, Y5/6 attended a R.E./Art Day at Norwich Cathedral. We travelled by school minibus. On arrival, we were greeted by a lovely lady named Janet. The theme of the day, was why the cross is important to Christians.
In the morning, we went into the main part of the Cathedral. The history of the Cathedral was explained to us. We learnt that the Cathedral was built by monks, with only simple tools and their hands. We discovered that the whole Cathedral is, in fact, built in a cross shape.
A lady called Lindsey then told us the Easter story. We learnt about the significance of the colour purple in the Cathedral community, and in the Easter story. We saw so many different types of cross, including a St Nicholas cross, a Celtic cross, a Korean cross, a Syrian cross, an Anchor cross, a Coptic cross, a Jerusalem cross and a Taize cross. We learnt that a crucifix contains the figure of Jesus, whilst a cross doesn’t.
In the afternoon, we took part in an Art workshop. We each made a panel to form a class banner. On our section, we each added a cross, and then decorated round it.
At the end of the day, we met up with the other school, in the Cathedral. We sang a song together.
For several of us, the Art workshop was the highlight of the day. Others found hearing the Easter story, and particularly the way it was presented, to be a highlight of the day.