A-mazing space

25th January 2008 at 00:00
The symbolic idea of choices and journeys is not lost on pupils in the study of religion, says Amanda Christopher.


We wanted an outdoor space that would link into our RE teaching, so we came up with the idea of building a maze. It symbolises the idea of choices and journeys, both of which are central to the Christian faith.

The maze was designed by pupils as part of a cross-curricular project between maths and RE.

We've made the sides out of vertical poles - it's much easier than a hedge, where you have to wait for it to grow, and then spend valuable time, and perhaps have to buy the tools, for trimming it.

There are also religious texts at various junctions - and when children finally reach the centre, they will find themselves reflecting on 3 Psalm 25:4 - Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.

Our local vicar has been involved in the project and came in to perform the opening ceremony.

The maze is going to be a place where children can come to find peace and quiet, and we also hope to hold lessons and acts of worship there.

A religious garden can support the RE curriculum in the same way a vegetable garden supports the science curriculum.

It's fun - but it's also an important tool that links into learning.

Amanda Christopher is headteacher at St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary in Gillingham. She was talking to Steven Hastings.

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