LKS2  How and why are churches different? - Materials on church buildings from Mayfield School


Level 1: I can draw a simple design for a church of the future and label significant features

Level 2: I can draw a more complex design, identifying features and taking into account more modern architecture/ futuristic design.  I can begin to explain how different church features have symbolic meanings.

Level  3: I can discuss the reasons for similarities and differences in architectureand layout in the building of churches of different denominations, and explain why churches are often big and impressive and how they make people feel.

Level 4: I can link some elements of church architecture to specific Christian beliefs and describe some similarities and differences between church buildings and places of worship of other faiths I know about.


Questions to explore:

  • Identify the different features of a church building - if possible by visiting two local churches of different denominations, otherwise by comparing images (include images of old and new buildings and from different countries)
  • Do all churches have exactly the same features?   What do they have in common? What is special about the features they all share? (What are they used for?  What do they tell you about what Christians believe?)
  • How does a church building make you feel?   Will all churches have the same effect on you / people?
  • Will you find the same features in sacred buildings of other faiths?  (They may be called by different names and be designed differently, but have the same purpose e.g. various types of pulpit for preaching.).
  • Do you have to worship in a building?


Assessment activity

Design a church and label it using the ideas from previous discussions / research work (see levels).