On Tuesday 14 March, Year 7 visited Canterbury Cathedral as part of their study of Thomas Becket in History and Architecture in Art.
7C have written some thoughts and reflections of the visit:
|“The tour guide was very informative, and the choir was very beautiful. The miracle windows were very impressive, and the architecture was grand. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom transported me back to his murder. The art activity was a nice end to a fantastic day.” Harry G
|“I loved the clever trick with the sword shadows, where Becket was slain, and how the transport statue was magnetic, so it was always spinning northwards. The tour guide was very informative and knew the full answer to every question. I thoroughly enjoyed the artistic aspects including the architecture of the cathedral. It was an inspiring trip and truly made me think about England’s rich, historic past.” Freddie P
|“It was very interesting to learn new facts but also atmospheric to see the place where Becket died and where Henry IV and the Black Prince are buried. In addition to this, the tour guides were very informative and mentioned various architecture styles used around the Cathedral which was useful for our Art project. It was also impressive to see the majesty of the picturesque statues and the chapels.” Thomas B.
|“The art activity at the end was a very nice touch to the trip and the architecture of the Cathedral was truly astonishing. Walking around the crypts, in Becket’s footsteps, made his story come to life and then, looking where Thomas died was very impressive and moving. I also thought that it was really cool that we walked where Dan Jones did (the Plantagenet historian).” Thomas S.
|“As part of the experience, we did some drawings of the architecture. It made me realise small details I would have not seen otherwise. It was interesting walking in the footsteps of Thomas Becket and many who came after. Our tour guide unlocked astonishing secrets which made me connect truly with the rich history of England.” Hugh S.
|“I found learning about the miracles on the stain glass windows very fun. I also liked learning about how Becket died and the two swords with the shadows/ reflections. My favourite part was Transport, the floating man made of nails and that it was pointing east-west, as it was meant to, when we entered and north-south when we left. This was because it was a made of nails (iron, which is magnetic). I also liked learning about the fact that St Christopher was the only statue with his head after the puritans came and destroyed everything. It was a powerful experience.” Christopher M.