Key Stages 1 & 2

Many aspects of Key Stages 1 & 2 can be covered singly or in combination as the Abbey offers considerable scope for cross-curricular studies, adding extra dimensions to the topics studied.
I felt so small because the church is tall. It made me feel safe when we stuck together in groups. I thought it was magnificent because it was so bright and wonderful. My favourite part was to pick up one of the beautiful stones
Year 3 Benson Church of England Primary School
‘My favourite bit was everything!’
Samuel, Wood Farm School
‘Thank you so much, it was a really great day and both leaders were really good with the children! Wish we had more time!’
Teacher, Wood Farm School
‘It was a perfect trip! It was fascinating and I loved being in the meadow and the leaders were dressed for the part’
Popular topics for study include:
– Baptism,
– Awe and Wonder,
– Pilgrimage,
– Colour,
– What is (in) a church?,
– Prayer,
– Architecture,
– Dissolution of the monasteries,
– Dorchester as a site of spiritual and religious significance for over 4000 years,
– Using historical evidence, Village Study,
– Dorchester as the cradle of Christianity in Saxon Wessex,
– Treasures of the Abbey – to name but a few.
We can cover Maths, English and Drama, History, Geography, Science, RE, and Art and Design. Take a look at our teaching resources by subject here.

NEW!: Anglo-Saxon Experience Days

An exciting innovation to link to the new Primary Curriculum!
Our Anglo-Saxon Experience Day run in conjunction with the Hurst Water Meadow is firmly embedded in the requirements of the new Key Stage 1/2 National Curriculum.
Dorchester was a highly significant area in the Anglo-Saxon period, located within the Wessex kingdom and part of the early
Christian missionary work with the arrival of Bishop Birinus in 635. Anglo-Saxon artefacts have been found in Dorchester and
its environs.
A full or half day of study is possible with a range of activities and options available to choose from to suit your own specific
curriculum requirements.  Read more about it and download your leaflet here
We have already run a number of very successful Anglo Saxon days – read all about our day with Wood Farm School here.

Lent and Easter Themed Visits

Bring Key Stage 1 and/or 2 pupils to Dorchester Abbey to experience an imaginative, interactive and engaging investigation of the important Christian celebrations of Lent and Easter.  Read more about it and download your leaflet here.

Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
KS3 & KS4
Sixth Form