Mary Hill of Magdalen First School, Norwich
We start outside. Saul Penfold, the education officer, explains where the stones come from and talks about the stained glass. We look at the spire, and he asks the children the size of the cockerel on the weathervane. They are amazed at how big it is.
Inside, they look at the roof and the wood carvings. They see glass candles made to look like wax, and compare them with wax candles. There is the lecturn in brass, shaped like a pelican. We go into the cloisters and see how the stone has worn over the years.
Churches and cathedrals are wonderful for looking at materials. Teachers should find out if they have an education officer. You get the most out of the visit if you inform them of the educational level of the children and the type of input you want.