Key Stage Two

These lessons have been designed to be delivered online or during a visit to a classroom by a member of our education team. They can also be presented as part of a visit to the New Room – please contact us if you would like to know more about coming to site – education@newroombristol.org.uk

Workshop One – Introducing John Wesley (approx. 1 hour)

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about John Wesley’s life and his impact on others
  • To understand what the word ‘Methodist’ means and where it came from
  • To gain an overview of John Wesley’s beliefs and principles and how he tried to live them out.
  • To compare our principles with that of John Wesley – how are they the same? How are they different?

Outline of Lesson: (Powerpoint and resources supplied)

  • Introduction
  • Talk – introducing John Wesley and his statue at the New Room, Bristol
  • Telling Wesley’s story
  • Why should we care about John Wesley? Exploring some of his words and actions.
  • How the Methodist Church was formed and what it does now.
  • Class activity using John Wesley’s Manifesto document and the My Manifesto document – what issues would we agree on? What would be different?
  • Discussion
  • Follow up ideas

National Curriculum Links:

  • KS2 History – A local history study.
  • KS2 RE – Christianity – how should we live and who can inspire us?

Workshop Two – Causing A Riot: How John Wesley opposed the slave trade in Bristol (approx. 1 hour)

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how the 18th century slave trade was linked to Bristol and the conditions under which the slaves were transported.
  • To understand how John Wesley opposed slavery and the actions he took to stand up for what he believed in.
  • The story of the New Room Riot.
  • To understand the opposition he faced and the role the New Room played at this time.

Outline of Lesson: (Powerpoint and resources supplied)

  • Introduction
  • Short talk about Bristol’s involvement in the 18th century transatlantic slave trade using age appropriate video clips
  • Introduction to John Wesley and his brother Charles and their experiences in America, witnessing first hand the cruelties of the slave trade.
  • John Wesley’s work in Bristol and his continued opposition to the merchants.
  • Two men who influenced him – Benezet and Equiano.
  • His book ‘Thoughts on Slavery’ and his last letter to William Wilberforce.
  • The Story of the New Room Riot
  • Letter writing activity
  • Follow up ideas.

Curriculum Links:

  • KS2 History – A local history study (Slavery and Abolition in Bristol and John Wesley’s role in the local abolition movement)
  • KS2 RE – Christianity – How should we live and who can inspire us?

 

Workshop Three – A Tale of Two Statues (approx. 1.5 hours)

In partnership with RE Today

Comparing the stories of two Bristolian statues – John Wesley and Edward Colston

Learning Objectives:

  • An exploration of racism and prejudice through the stories of two statues in the same city.
  • What can we learn from the stories of the statues of John Wesley and Edward Colston?
  • A question of justice: Does religion contribute to racism, or does it contribute to justice and fairness? Or both? How might communities become more just?

Outline of Lesson: (Powerpoint and resources supplied)

  • Introduction
  • Statues: how and why do we remember?
  • Facts and Quiz about John Wesley
  • Facts and Quiz about Edward Colston
  • Recap
  • John Wesley’s opposition to slavery
  • June 2020: what happened to Colston’s statue (with clip)
  • Discussion: was it a good thing to throw Colston’s statue in the docks? Select the best arguments from those offered.
  • Why should Wesley be remembered with a statue?
  • Classroom activity: The Conversation
  • Classroom Activity: Human Bar Chart
  • Summing up

Curriculum Links:

  • KS2 History – A local history study (Slavery and Abolition in Bristol and John Wesley’s role in the local abolition movement)
  • KS2 RE – Christianity – How should we live and who can inspire us?