Justice and poverty. Can religions help build a

Wiltshire RE Starter Stimulus
Starter ideas for the following key question from the 2011 Agreed Syllabus:
KS2 16 Justice and poverty: can religions help to build a
fair world?
This resource aims to provide some stimulus images and ideas to help pupils
begin to address the above question.
It links to the following learning outcomes from p64 of the syllabus:
Pupils can:
i. Make connections between the teachings of Jesus and Paul and the work
of one Christian agency today
ii. Make connections between the teachings of Islam and the work of Islamic
Aid today
iii. Ask and respond to questions about fairness and justice in the world
Many of the slides have notes to give suggestions for use. Look at the slide
show in Normal mode and look for the notes at the bottom of the page.
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Images © Christian Aid; permission given for their use in Wiltshire schools in this form.
On the next slide are a logo and strapline for a charity.
Use only the information on the slide.
In pairs, try and work out everything you can about the
For example:
• What do they do?
• Why?
• What do they think is important?
• What kinds of things do they not like?
• Why does there need to be a charity like this?
• What kinds of people might be involved?
“We believe in life before death.”
Here is another Christian Aid logo.
What else does this show about what Christian Aid try to
Imagine you invite a Christian Aid worker in to your
school. What questions would you like to ask them?
What answers might they give?
Christian Aid Week
Each year, Christian Aid volunteers
distribute envelopes around the UK
to collect money to support their
work with poor people across the
Here is one of their posters for
Christian Aid Week 2009.
What do you think it means?
Have a look at another poster on
the next slide.
Think about the ways that
Christian Aid try to get their
message across.
Could you design a poster to
encourage people to support
the work of Christian Aid?
Who gets your money?
18% of the world do not have clean, safe drinking water.
14% of the world are hungry or malnourished.
12% cannot read.
(Source: www.miniature-earth.com )
• You win a prize in a school raffle!
• It was your birthday recently so you already have lots of
good presents.
• Now you have an extra £100 you weren’t expecting.
• How are you going to spend it?
Look at the next slide for some ideas. Work in pairs to decide
how you might spend the £100.
Explain why you are using your money like this.
For current prices and loads more present ideas at Christian Aid’s Present Aid site
£19 will pay for a
goat, and provide an
income from selling
£71 will pay to send a
child to school for a
whole year in
£9 will buy books and
a uniform so a child
can go to school.
£50 will buy you a
noisy 4-piece drum
£25 will get you a Star
Wars Darth Vadar
dressing up kit. Just
what you’ve always
£18 will pay for a
floating garden, to
give a farmer a source
of income in times of
£10 will complete
your Barbie collection
with a Barbie
Hairtastic doll!
£15 will save lives by
providing malaria test
kits. These diagnose
illness in minutes, so
patients can be
treated quickly.
£50 will buy you an
interactive Buzz
Lightyear and Woody
£12 can buy three
Millions of people are
watering cans. Where
refugees from war or
there are droughts,
famine. £25 will buy
watering cans are
food for a family for a
essential tools for
whole month.
Blow your full £100 on
a 20” mountain bike.
Save a bit more and
pay £120 for a bridge,
so women will have a
much easier walk to
collect clean water.
Save your money. Buy
£31 would buy a flock
another raffle ticket.
of ducks. A floodPerhaps you can buy a
proof income from
12GB PS3 for only
£86 will provide
crutches for two
children injured in
Some Christian teachings:
“Whatever you do or don’t do for
anyone in need, you do or don’t
do for me,” says Jesus.
(Believers should treat everyone
as though they were Jesus.
From Matthew 25:31-46)
Love one another (John 13:34)
Treat others as you would like to
be treated. (Luke 6:31)
Love your neighbour as you love
yourself. (Mark 12:31)
Some Islamic teachings:
“What will convey to you what
the steep path is? It is to free a
slave, or to give food in the day
of hunger to an orphan near of
kin, or to some poor wretch in
misery.” (Qur’an 90)
“Believers, stand up firmly for
justice, as witnesses for Allah…
If you twist or turn from justice,
Allah is well aware of what you
(Qur’an 4:135)
How do the work of Christian Aid or Islamic Aid put these teachings
into practice? Give some examples.
Taking it further:
1. Explore the websites of Christian Aid (www.christianaid.org.uk ) and
Islamic Aid (www.islamicaid.com ). Find out what they do, where they
do it and why. Both sites include resources for teachers. Explore the
motivation for their work – what does it tell pupils about what matters
to Christians and Muslims?
2. Use the information from www.miniature-earth.com . Get 100 of your
pupils and divide them up according to the statistics. What would it be
like to live in this village of 100 people, with all that diversity and all
that injustice? (A version of this using jelly babies can be found in
Opening Up Respect, ed. Fiona Moss,
http://shop.retoday.org.uk/9781905893515 )
3. Take action! Explore some of the work that Christian Aid and other
agencies do and see if your class can raise some money to
contribute. Volunteering and working for the good of others is at the
heart of religious faith, but it is also good citizenship, and beneficial for
pupils’ well-being, character and spiritual and moral development.

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