How do we show we care for others?

Wiltshire RE Starter Stimulus
Starter ideas for the following key question from the 2011
Agreed Syllabus:
KS1.10 How do we show we care for others?
This simple idea can be used as a way in to this question
with young children. Thinking about treasure and money
can help to get children to think about what is important to
them. The idea of being generous, set out in many religious
traditions, can help children to think about ways of caring
for others.
Examples of children’s work are given as stimulus for class
Notes can be found with some slides; suggestions for using
the resource can be found on slides 16 & 17.
Do you have any treasures?
Treasure and money: what’s the difference?
The greatest treasure in my
Here is something of mine I
would not sell for any money:
Having money matters because
Something that is worth more
than any money:
If I had £100 I would
Being generous matters because
Some thoughts about treasure, money and generosity
Jesus said: where
your treasure is,
that is where your
heart is too.
The Prophet
his followers: “Do not
shut your purse to the
poor, then God will give
you his blessings.’
Jesus said: God
loves a cheerful
giver. Be generous
and others will be
generous to you.
The Buddha said: “The
wise are generous, and
they go to a happier
Here are two ways of using this resource:
1. What matters most?
Gather some of the ideas from your class talk together and make a
list of things that are important to the children in your class.
Put these ideas on cards and give them to children, or put them
into boxes on the whiteboard for whole class talk.
Give pairs of children a target board and ask them to place five of
the cards on the target: one right in the centre (most important to
them), two on the next ring (important) and two on the outer ring
(not so important).
2. Talking about what matters most
Compare the children’s ideas about what matters most to them.
What are the similarities and differences? Why are these things
3. Showing we care
Talk about the great ideas and kind, generous thoughts your
children have had. Ask them to come up with one thing that
they can do for someone else to show that they care. It might
be for a friend, or a grown-up at school, or someone in their
family, or neighbourhood – or for someone in need in another
Ask children to do this one thing, and then come back and talk
about what happened, how they felt, what impact it had, etc.
What difference might it make to the school, their families, the
community, if they keep on doing one kind action per day?

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