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Year 7 History - Unit 6 - The Medieval Church

Key Questions Activities Resources
Introducing the Medieval Church

Why build a cathedral?

A Palace for God's Kingdom: Why build a cathedral?

All think questions and steps.

Medieval Minds Chapter 15 (pages 120-126)

An interactive plan of Exeter Cathedral
More images of Exeter Cathedral. 
What's the weather like at Exeter Cathedral today? webcam

What are the main architectural features of a church?

Do you know your buttress from your apse …?
In pairs complete an illustrated table of the  features of a medieval church. Your description and images should be of medieval churches, basilicas and cathedrals.


Wikipedia on cathedral diagram. 
Google image search
How to build an arch
, flash simulation.
The interior of a church quiz


What the main features of Romanesque and Gothic architecture?  Illustrated lecture. PowerPoint presentation

Medieval gothic art. what are the characteristics of gothic architecture and how were gothic cathedrals decorated? 



Topics include: characteristics of gothic architecture in general and gothic architecture in the south of France, sculpture, stained glass windows and gothic paintings with a case study of the Last Judgement at St Cecile, Albi. 


The statuary of Sainte-Cécile

Figures about Albi's cathedral

Plans and drawings of Albi's cathedral (architecture)

Seven Deadly Sins - The Last Judgement at St Cecile, Albi.
Field Trip to St. Cecile, Albi
Cross curricular project with Art. 
PowerPoint of Albi 'Image Hunt' photos
Why was the Church so important in medieval Europe? 

What do the following words mean: Catholic, devil, divine right, tithe, Mass, confession, parish, hell, fatalist, divine intervention, omens, pantheism, damnation, brimstone,  purgatory, penance, judicial pilgrimages, shrines, miracle, saint, indulgence,
vicarious pilgrimages?

Explain how the medieval Church controlled people's lives politically, economically, socially and culturally. (PESC) Complete this writing frame.

Check your understanding of the passage by making a hypertext glossary. This will be added to as you complete the Medieval Pilgrimage Project.

The Medieval Pilgrimage website. In particular this section on the Medieval Church is very useful. This section of the History Learning Site is also useful.
See the best hypertext glossaries from previous years