Year 5 went on an educational trip to the Manchester Jewish Museum and the Buddhist centre.
The Jewish Museum is set in a former synagogue. Most of the original features are still on view, including beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. On arrival pupils sat in the very same pews once occupied by the original congregation.
The children took part in a range of activities. They handled and looked closely at the museum objects and displays through group work and role play. By the end of the session pupils were able to answer the following questions:
• What happens in a Synagogue?
• What can you do on the Jewish Sabbath?
• What is the story of the festival of Passover?
After lunch, we hopped back onto the coach and headed towards the Buddhist Centre – the second part of our trip.
The Buddhist Centre was originally a derelict Victorian warehouse which was beautifully converted by Buddhist volunteers and opened in 1996.
An experienced Buddhist tutor introduced the children to the centre, its activities and its beautiful shrine room. After being told about the story of the Buddha the children were then invited to take part in a lively Q&A discussion. Other activities the children took part in included role play, exploration of the shrine room and a guided mediation or ‘stilling’.