Pupils are expected to: make links between the accounts of God creating the earth, the Holy spirit inspiring Bezalel the craftsman in building the temple of Solomon and ways in which some Christians interpret biblical texts through drama and sculpture, showing awareness of different interpretations.
You can download the complete unit here or follow the IMPACT activities table below.
Why do some Christians show their beliefs through biblical drama?
The work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit – the same spirit of God that is recorded in Genesis as hovering over creation, and the person of Jesus, God’s son, sharing in the creative processes involved in making the world.
Christians believe that the same spirit, God’s Holy Spirit moves and motivates people to use their creative gifts for serving God through communicating the Gospel and building God’s Kingdom. Some Christians also believe that artwork inspired by the Holy Spirit touches and transforms individual lives ad whole communities.
Case Study: Behind the scenes of Wintershall’ s ‘The Life of Christ’ production.
Wintershall Education offers a wealth of resources related to their productions. Some of these are listed in the following learning activities.
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Introduce the Life of Christ production being set in ‘Israel about 2000 years ago, centred on Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Galilee’ (significant places in Jesus’s life). It follows the birth, ministry of teaching and miracles through to the passion of Jesus on earth, his death, resurrection and ascension. Explain that the script has been directly inspired by biblical accounts and retells the story of Christ’s life on earth, representing as accurately as possible the dialogue and narrative in the Gospels. However artistic license has been used to dramatise the scriptures, to enable the overall story and its message to be experienced as a whole. Hundreds of volunteers, of all ages, give hours of their time each year to be involved with the productions in different ways, both as cast, production administration or education team members
IMPACT Create an ‘Enquiry Working Wall’
with pupils where evidence can be recorded as they go along: for example, contributing notes on ‘Post-its’. Use video to record responses.
IMPACT activities below:
|Activity 1a||Be a Biblical Drama Detective|
|1b||Evaluate the clips in Groups|
|1c||Behind the scenes – what do people do and why?|
|Activity 2a||The Script Writer|
|2b||The Directors and Droducer|
|Activity 3||How audiences respond?|
|3a||How effective is this artform in communicating the Gospel?|
|3b||Explore interviews and social media from Wintershall productions|