Year 7 Visit to Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey:
As an extension to pupils' learning, a group of Year 7s took a trip to Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey yesterday (Wednesday 6th July). The focus of the visit was to explore the impact that the Reformation and Dissolution of the Monasteries had on our local area. While at the Cathedral, pupils were able to work with detailed primary resources to investigate how the changes implemented during the reign of Edward VI affected the funding and wealth of religious institutions like Wells Cathedral. They also had a tour of the Cathedral,. including the library, where pupils were able to see first hand how the development of the printing press helped spread the changing ideas of faith and religion. In the afternoon, pupils travelled to nearby Glastonbury Abbey to be amongst the ruins and aftermath of Henry VIII's cunning plan to gain power, control and greater wealth. Pupils participated in a re-enactment of pilgrim on pilgrimage to Glastonbury Abbey in the 16th century and they had a very informative tour of the Abbey, including the Abbots kitchen, in order to gain a better perspective on the very important role the Abbey and monasteries in general, played in the local communities of people at the time. The weather was gorgeous, and the pupils learned a great deal.