Q:How can I find information for children about the church and its setting?
A: We have specially prepared detective trails for children for use in and around the church which we will discuss with you when you are planning your visit. We always invite teachers to make personal contact with the Education Co-ordinator and, if possible, to make a preparatory visit to the church. During this visit you will be shown the building, the churchyard and, if possible, the Village Hall (which will be your pupils’ classroom). You will be given information about the history and architecture which you may wish to tailor to your own curriculum needs.
Have a general look on www.iffleychurch.org.uk for information about the history, architecture and setting of the church.
Q:Is there parking for a coach?
A:Yes, but please make sure you tell us before planning to arrive by coach. And please note that Church Way, Iffley, is quite narrow.
Q:Is there disabled access?
A:There is a disabled toilet in the Village Hall and level pathways through the churchyard, but there are some steps inside the church.
Q:What are your suggestions for curriculum-related activities for primary school children?
A:Our Education Co-ordinator can offer whole- or half-day sessions comprising:
1. MEDIEVAL LIFE IN IFFLEY
In the Village Hall
– Learn about what medieval life was like in Iffley
– Explore and handle: everyday medieval artefacts
– Dismantle a model of the church, identify key parts of the building and reconstruct it.
– Art and Craft: make and decorate a Norman sculpture in clay; use of range of materials including photography to create individual or group art works
– Dress up as a medieval peasant, aristocrat or priest.
2. LOOKING AT THE NORMAN CHURCH
Outside and inside the church
– Look closely at the sculptural and architectural features of the building.
– Draw and/or measure parts of whole of the building – Maths, IT, Art and Design. The Norman carvings on the south porch and west front, Art and Design, Literacy.
– Experience how we in our generation work to preserve the past through the imminent conservation project.
3. A PLACE OF WORSHIP
Inside the church
– Learn about Christian worship and how key points of building are used.
– Reflect on emotions, relationships and spiritual awareness.
– Role-play in costume, story of Iffley’s villagers in 1160 attending the consecration of the church: to walk round interior of the church, spotting the original consecration crosses.
4. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
In the Churchyard.
Environmental studies. The Yew Tree in the churchyard is 1500 years old (45 generations ago). It is the oldest living thing in Oxfordshire. The next oldest thing here is the church, 950 years old.
- Study the trees, flowers, minibeasts, birds.
- Consider the life cycle, life and death
- Explore the village – a walk around the Norman village: the mediaeval rectory, the lock, the site of the mediaeval mill, old farmhouses, the Glebe field.
Q:What are your suggestions for curriculum-related activities for secondary school children?
A:All topics suggested for younger can be appropriately tailored for secondary school children. In addition we will be offering participation in the conservation work due to take place on the precious Norman sculptures during the spring of 2017. We can also involve your students in an extended art project and in stone-carving workshops.
Q:Do you supply materials for craft activities that you offer for primary school children?
A:We can supply most materials for craft activities, but will need to discuss plans with you before your visit.
Q:What is your Risk Assessment policy?
A: A Our Risk Assessment policy is comprehensive, and includes a requirement that groups including children and vulnerable adults submit their own Risk Assessment for the visit before arriving. If Living Stones considers your Risk Assessment inadequate we reserve the right to cancel your visit. All visiting children and vulnerable adults must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.