Kindness & Charitable Giving - KS1

Lessons to help KS1 children think about how people can give to others, why it's important and how kindness has both a ripple effect, impacting more people than you might anticipate, and benefits both the giver and receiver of the kindness. Includes the lessons: Christmas with the Go-Givers, The Selfish Little Red Hen, To Give is to Receive, The Golden Statue, The Two Brothers, The Clown of God.

Only £18.75 including the following lessons:

Christmas with the Go-Givers

This lesson is based around a story, involving the Go-Givers characters, that explores the nature of giving. When everyone decides to give Callum a present for Christmas, they get an unexpected surprise!  The story shows the value of humour in achieving perspective, and how thoughtful gifts can be better than expensive ones. 

Cross-curricular links: literacy, maths 

Learning  Activities: 

  • Discussing our most valuable non-material gifts. Children make a Wish/Prayer Tree
  • Discussing what makes us laugh
  • Writing a story in which an unfortunate circumstance is turned into a funny situation
  • Writing a Christmas gift list
  • Calculating costs and talking about how to make savings

The Selfish Little Red Hen

This animated story turns the traditional tale of The Little Red Hen on its head. In this case the hen is always too busy to help her friends. Pupils can choose the story ending. They are asked to reflect on the importance of team work and co-operation, and learn how to share their opinions.

Cross-curricular links: Drama (Spoken Language), Literacy 

Learning Activities:

  • Discussing the importance of being helpful: who helps the children? Who do they help?
  • Discussing the impact of selfishness on others 
  • Writing a poem entitled “What kind of world would it be?” 
  • Considering how  helpfulness benefits society 

'We used this lesson as part of our traditional tales series. The children loved the twist to the story and they liked the fact that they could choose the ending to the story. It prompted a lengthy discussion and they discovered that we don't always agree! They really enjoyed it thank you!'

To Give is to Receive

This lesson considers the value of money, the importance of generosity and sharing with others. The lesson is based around a Japanese folk tale, in which a small act of generosity is eventually rewarded with big gains. 

Cross-curricular links: maths (money) and financial awareness

Learning Activities

  • Discussing whether generosity deserves to be rewarded
  • Discussing what the children would do with a lottery win: considering their needs, wants and wishes
  • Considering the value of money
  • Discussing the 3 S’s: spending, sharing and saving. 
  • Recording ideas of how to be generous to others without spending any money 


The Golden Statue

This lesson tells a story, adapted from a Buddhist legend, that encourages the children to reflect on how the generosity with which a gift is given is more important than the amount donated. 

Cross-curricular links: Religious Education, Art & Design 

Learning Activities:

  • Using the symbol of the lotus flower to consider the group’s aspirations and virtues
  • Creating your own plaster casts 


The Two Brothers

This lesson consists of a story adapted from an Egyptian legend that teaches about the importance of family love, selflessness and generosity. 

Cross-curricular links: literacy, geography, charitable giving

 Learning Activities:

  • Thinking about the groups you belong to: family, friends, religion, clubs
  • Thinking out how being generosity is often reciprocated
  • Writing top tips for being a good brother/sister/cousin or friend
  • Discussing the importance of water for farming
  • Discussing the impact of the Nile in farming in Ancient Egypt 
  • Acting out the story of “Joseph and his coat of many colours”

    "An easy, well explained story which provided thought for much discussion and restores our faith in the generosity of humankind."

    "Enjoyed the story and had a good discussion about the words in the glossary. Also had a good discussion about families. The children liked the pictures and the animation."


The Clown of God

This story, adapted from an Italian legend, tells of a talented young juggler who is taunted as he grows too old to perform. It stresses the importance of recognising and celebrating each other’s talents and learning from experiences, and reminds children that bullying and teasing are hurtful and wrong. 

Cross-curricular links: literacy, art and design, physical education 

Learning Activities:

  • Discussion about mocking and bullying
  • Creating a wall display to recognise the talents of others
  • Considering the impact of growing older, and contrasting the benefits of youth with those  of older age
  • Learning to juggle

    "The children loved it and understood the story which is beautifully presented, thank you!"


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