Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, now available for all to enjoy.

Visit > Schools
  • Teachers can make use of self-guided worksheets
  • School trips for primary and secondary aged groups

Schools

If you are doing a local history project, St. George's provides a unique learning site for local schools. Primary and Secondary teachers can use our self-guided worksheets which cover many curriculum areas, including Humanities, Science, Art, Numeracy and Literacy.  Future plans include an outdoor problem-solving maths workshop for KS2, exploring measuring, ratio & proportion, budget calculations, area & perimeter, etc.

Planning a School Visit

If you would like to arrange for your class to visit, please contact: imogen.grantwgct@gmail.com

Free Learning Resources

Teachers can now download the new Learning Pack for schools.

Compiled by Julie Ricketts (learnheritage.co.uk) with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund (awarded to Heritage of London Trust Operations in March 2016), the Learning Pack provides teachers and students with the background information to enable primary and secondary schools to engage with St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich.

The themes make connections between local communities and St George’s, looking at its significance as a memorial, as a historic building, as a survivor of enemy attacks during two World Wars, and as a tangible record of the Royal Artillery’s presence in Woolwich and, on a global scale, during the British Empire period.

Topics covered are:

  • Memorials
  • Myths and Legends
  • A Local History Study of St George’s
  • Legacy of Empire

Each section has accompanying Learning Activities. The Myths and Legends activities are aimed at KS1, the Local History Study of St George’s activities are aimed at KS2 and the Legacy of Empire Activities are aimed at KS3. The Memorials section has some general discussion topics, instead of activities. Teachers are invited to adapt these activities for different age groups and abilities, and they will find that the themes lend themselves to cross-
curricular studies.

The resources are designed to inspire teachers to bring classes to visit the church and examples of good practice will be shared on the St. George’s website learning page.

Self-guided worksheets are also available for teachers of KS1, KS2 and KS3 (see under the Curriculum Links below).

Download SGGC_Learning_Pack.zip

KS1 Curriculum Links

RE Links

  • Celebrations, Symbols and Visiting places of worship 

History Links

  • place events and objects in chronological order
  • use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
  • identify differences between ways of life at different times
  • identify different ways in which the past is represented
  • find out about the past from a range of sources of information
  • ask and answer questions about the past
  • select from knowledge of history and communicate those ideas in a variety of ways

Literacy Links

  • Make comments
  • Listen to others’ reactions
  • Ask questions to clarify their understanding
  • Present drama or stories to others
  • Use the internet to obtain information about a church building and religious teachings and ideas

Geography Links

  • Express their own views about people, places and environments
  • Identify and describe what places are like

PSHE Links

  • Share their opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views in preparing to take an active role as a citizen

Art & Design Links

  • Record from first hand observation
  • Represent observations, ideas and feelings to design and make images and artefacts
  • Look at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times

Science 

  • materials and their properties 
  • materials used for building the church

Download FINAL_Self_guided_KS1v2_email.pdf

KS2 Curriculum Links

RE Links

  • Worship, pilgrimage and sacred places - where, how and why people worship, including at particular sites
  • Symbols and religious expression - how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed
  • Religion, family and community – how religious families and communities practise their faith, and the contributions this makes to local life
  • Visiting places of worship – encountering religion through visits to places of worship, and focusing on the impact and reality of religions on local community

History Links

  • place events, people and changes into correct periods of time
  • use dates and vocabulary relating to the passing of time
  • learn about the characteristic features of a period and societies studied, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past
  • recognise that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and give reasons for this
  • find out about life in Victorian times from a range of sources of information
  • ask and answer questions, and select information relevant to the focus of enquiry
  • recall, select and organise historical information
  • use dates and historical vocabulary to describe the Victorian period
  • communicate knowledge and understanding about the Victorian period through a variety of ways
  • study the impact of changes in the lives of men, women and children from different sections of Victorian society
  • How aspects of life have changed in the local area over time

Literacy Links

  • learn to talk effectively as a member of a group in discussion
  • participate in a range of drama activities with characters conveying a theme or emotion.
  • script and perform plays.

Geography Links

  • identify and describe what places are like
  • explain why places are like they are (local materials)
  • identify how and why places change (historic development)

PSHE Links

  • reflect on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues using imagination to understand other people’s experiences
  • appreciate the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK

Art & Design Links

  • record from experiences and observation
  • use a sketchbook
  • use a variety of methods and approaches to communicate observations, ideas and feelings to design and make images and artefacts
  • explore the role and purpose of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times

Science 

  • materials and their properties (which have withstood bomb damage and decay over time?)
  • origin of building materials for the church
  • reversible and irreversible changes

Download FINAL_Self-guided_KS2v2_email.pdf

KS3 Curriculum Links

History - Development of the Church and Local History Study.

Art and Design 

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day 

RE - Beliefs, Teachings and Sources, Practices And Ways Of Life and Expressing Meaning, Places and Forms of Worship, Christianity

Download FINAL_Self-_guided_worksheet_KS3v2_email.pdf

KS4 Curriculum Links

History Links

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 Examples (non-statutory) could include the development of the British Empire
  • The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066 

Art & Design

  • Art, craft and design 
  • Fine art 
  • Three-dimensional design 
  • Photography: lens and light-based media 
  • Critical and contextual studies  

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, survives as an evocative ruin. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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