On Friday 9 June, Year 5 pupils were fortunate to have the opportunity to experience the exhibition “The Man Who Changed the World” as part of their RE curriculum. The Man Who Changed The World is an exhibition about Jesus’ life, particularly focusing on his Jewish background.
Pupils were able to see various artefacts, including: a scroll, yad, skull caps, Sabbath candlesticks, Seder plate, and more, all very similar to those which would have been used in Jesus’ time. Pupils could peer inside a synagogue and attempt to blow the ram’s horn or Shofar. After a short talk on Jewish history, culture and the Torah, pupils moved to four displays which explained the impact of these in Jesus’ day.
Volunteers from Birmingham City Mission, dressed as people from the time of Jesus, described what life was like in Israel 2000 years ago. We were especially interested in the children’s game of “roof hopping” – don’t try this at home! Some of Jesus’ most famous teachings were explained simply and visually, and pupils also heard about Jesus’ trial, death and resurrection.
In another section, Year 5 pupils learned how Christianity has spread around the world since the time of Jesus and about work done by people who follow Jesus today to show his love in practical ways. Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions during the exhibition and to reflect on what they had learned through a questionnaire and a quiz.
We are very grateful to Birmingham City Mission, and in particular Chris Thomas, who kindly brought this exhibition to us.