Wintershall’s Bible-based dramatisation of the ‘The Life of Christ’ brings the Gospels to life, inspires and makes accessible engagement in theological enquiry related to the accounts in scripture of the events of Jesus’s life, death, resurrection and ascension, teachings and miracles as the Son of God on earth, as well embodies an expression of his impact on communities and individuals since.
The RE Virtues Enquiry teaching and learning units and Virtues Enquiry Days draws directly from the biblical drama in offering a pedagogical approach which gives Primary and Secondary pupils the experience of using creative thinking and critical questioning processes inherent in the dramatic and visual arts to explore and respond to theological concepts, for example how belief inspires the development of virtues (fruits of the spirit).
Our RE Virtues Enquiry resource material works on several levels, as an RE pedagogy for deeper theological enquiry and creative reflection through the through The Arts and also as a strategic resource for ethos enrichment (how beliefs inspire character development and action) supporting curriculum and non-curriculum aspects of both faith-based and community schools.
Bespoke clips of scenes from The Life of Christ production illustrate dramatic interpretation of scripture as well as demonstrate how Jesus might have modelled the virtues in his every day life, as an example to his followers. Actor viewpoint clips provide the bridge between the elements of text, context and impact whereby here actors ‘out of character’ talk about what inspires them to participate in the productions and the impact of Jesus’s teaching and example on their everyday lives.
The Arts for example drama, visual art, poetry, dance serve as inspiring tools to build pupil skills in textual analysis as well as within the ‘impact’ element rely on it it as the starting point to effectively investigate Wintershall’s biblically inspired drama, art, script. Considering the impact of biblical text, questioning it and communicating responses to it through and dramatising scripture, visualising theological concepts and ideas, choreographing dance and composing poetry or music deepens knowledge and understanding. In this way the resource reflects the learning framework within the ‘Understanding Christianity’ pedagogy. For more information on the pedagogy of the ‘Understanding Christianity’ website click here