Canterbury Cross-Curricula Maths and History Trip

Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the South East of England, in Kent, it lies on the River Stour and remains to this day a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom.

Certainly, the history of the city holds astounding spiritual significance. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the primate of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion owing to the importance of St Augustine, who served as the apostle to the pagan Kingdom of Kent around the turn of the 7th century. Canterbury, is a place of pilgrimage, a fact popularised by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales’ in the 1300s. In this piece of canonical English literature, a diverse group of people recount a mixture of both lewd and moral stories to pass the time on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Canterbury is also important to the Anglican religion because of St. Thomas Becket, another Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170 at the hands of the king’s knights.

Nowadays, the city’s economy is heavily reliant upon tourism. The city has been occupied since Paleolithic times and served as the capital of the Celtic Cantiaci and Jute Kingdom of Kent. Many historical structures fill the area, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and a Norman castle, and the oldest extant school in the world, the King’s School. Modern additions include the Marlowe Theatre and the St Lawrence Ground, home of the Kent County Cricket Club.

As Miss Aldous outlined, “the reason for our cross-curricula trip to Canterbury was something that had numerous links to our History curricula, for example, it was based around students’ study of the murder of Thomas Becket in Year 7, so this was a great opportunity to see the exact location of this famous event. From a GCSE warfare point of view, understanding the importance of the feudal system in Medieval England is important, which the Cathedral tour helped explain. Students also saw memorials to WW1 including the new ‘Under an Unequal Sky’ installation – this theme is one we have developed throughout 2018.”