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Introduction

What does evidence tell us about religious life in our local community? In just over half a mile, you can find evidence of Christian heritage in this village. This trail helps you to investigate it further. 

Why do this trail?

This trail is written as an example of how religious heritage can be explored within a locality or community. Investigation in this instance, is in a small moorland village, but a similar trail could be developed in a multicultural urban setting, where evidence of religious life could be visible, for example in shops e.g. kosher or halal butchers, as well as places of worship.

Themes to explore:

Here are some key questions to consider with pupils. Think about them as you are walking the tour and when you return to school. Try to think of some more of your own. How did your views and ideas change when you looked at the evidence?

  • What can you tell about how people worshipped in Castleton in the past?
  • How has worship changed in the last 100 years?
  • If you could ask a question from a Christian who lived in the village 100 years ago, what would it be?
  • What does the evidence tell you about Christianity in the village today?
  • Which part of the trail did you find most interesting?
  • Which part of the trail did you find least interesting?

Contribution to the curriculum:

  • What does a religious trail contribute to and how does it support the values and aims of the curriculum?
  • Pupils valuing themselves and others, the role of family and the community in religious belief and activity, the celebration of diversity in society through understanding similarities and differences (SEAL)
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
  • Developing community cohesion

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Trail Points

Quaker burial ground

High View House

Methodist Chapel

Stocks Hill

Mounting Block

Old Man’s Park

The Church of St Michael and St George