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Understand how the Bible stories were taught to people who were unable to read and the way in which different art forms were used in the Middle Ages. Suitable for years 5 and 6.
Learn how and why churches were painted in the past and try making your own wall painting.
The painted column in St Mary of Charity is a rare example of the type of painting which would once have been seen in most churches. Dating from 1306, the painted column is decorated with the story of the life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Passion. At one time all the columns in the church would have been painted like this, but it is now the only one remaining and very rare, as most church paintings were destroyed during the English Reformation, or by the Puritans under Cromwell.
In the 16th century, the Church of England separated from the Catholic Church and no longer accepted the authority of the Pope in Rome. The process of reformation in England was begun by King Henry VIII in 1529 and formally completed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1559. This information sheet gives a clear background on events in England and Europe at the time, and how it has affected the way we live today.
link each picture to the right place on the central timeline, using the dates given in the caption to place the events in the correct order. Consider how far apart in time the events were, and indicate this by allowing an appropriate amount of space between the points they indicate on the timeline.
This booklet contains a variety of fun games. Join the dots, complete the word search and hunt for items around the church. All the answers can be found by looking round the church, but if you get stuck they’re on the back of the booklet too.
From mazes to crosswords and coded messages this booklet is ideal for keeping you thinking and exploring as you visit the church.