The St Leonard’s Educational Resource
St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead embodies an exceptional social, historical and religious heritage stretching back over 900 years, which has been saved for future generations thanks to funding from the local community and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. As part of the Flamstead Heritage Project, this Educational Resource has been produced for schools in the local area. It satisfies a broad, multi-generational purpose: to engage children, families, local and wider communities with what the heritage has to offer, and what it represents of value for them.
The professionally produced content provides stimulus for discovery learning spanning ten centuries of social history and geography, and includes Christian practices in a typical southern English village as well as a wider world perspective. The Resource is keyed to children’s learning from four to 13 years, the older children’s material also having adult appeal. Though referenced to Early Years Education and the three Key Stages of learning and achievement, it is easily accessed for family learning and fun.
This Educational Resource is just that: a rich foundation for teachers, learners, and others to use and further develop for their chosen purposes. It is not intended as a curriculum or a guide to pedagogy. The Teachers’ Notes and Session Plans within the Resource inform, suggest and signpost, but do not try to tell teachers what or how to teach.
General guidance on references
This Educational Resource is compatible with the following guidance for Religious Education:
- the St Albans Diocese’s Religious Education guidance
- the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
The Teachers’ Notes in the model are taken from:
- Understanding Christianity: Text Impact Connections: Teachers Handbook, p. 13.
Note that every effort has been made to combine educational value and interest with historical accuracy. However, there are a couple of places where the designers wished to prioritise the former, indulging in perhaps just a little bit of artistic licence.
- the role of the architect in mediaeval church building was normally combined with that of the master mason
- the illustrations are of typical mediaeval dress, not specifically 12th or any other century.
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