Lesson Bundle : Kindness & Charitable Giving - KS2


Lessons to help KS2 children consider how people have supported those who are vulnerable in society, as individuals or through institutions and charitable organisations. How can children help and why is kindness and charitable giving important? What do the major religions say about generosity and charity? How can people use their talents for the good of their community? Lessons include: Famous Philanthropists, Charitable Giving Through History, The Go-Givers Philosophy: Go-Givers Anthem, The Golden Rule, Using Talents: It's A Wind-Up, You Can't Buy Anything with a Penny.

Famous Philanthropists

This lesson looks at how some successful business people have donated large sums of money to charitable causes. It asks children to consider the things that enrich/impoverish our lives. Links: community, 

Cross curricular links: Numeracy, IT, Literacy

Learning Activities

  • Calculating the percentage of income given to charity
  • Discussion around philanthropy 
  • Group research and presentation on a chosen philanthropist 


Charitable Giving Through History

This lesson looks at the meaning and history of charity and their role in society both past and present. It looks at the role of the Victorian workhouse and alms houses.  It also explores how the government helps those in need. 

Cross curricular links: History, Numeracy

Learning Activities

  • Discussion to help children understand  why people sometimes need help
  • Hot seating in roles of Victorian Workhouse staff and ‘inmates’
  • Voting on favourite causes and charities 


The Go-Givers Philosophy: Go-Givers Anthem

This module, which could be used as a series of lessons or assemblies, embodies the essence of Go-Givers through a poem about giving. It explores the nature of empathy and compassion and looks at ways in which we can make a difference to our world. Suitable for all KS2. Links: community

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:

  • What causes suffering?
  • Discussion about empathy
  • The language of compassion
  • Fundraising for others

Linked assembly:
Based around the bible story 'The Widow's mite', this assembly looks at the nature of generosity and makes the point that it is not how much we give that is important, but the generosity with which we give.


The Golden Rule: Multi-Faith Values

This lesson shows how all the major religions subscribe to the idea that we should behave towards others as we would like others to behave towards us. Suitable for all KS2. Links: British values, tolerance, community, respect, equality

Cross-curricular links: RE

Learning Activities:

  • Devising simple laws that the children would ask all the world’s governments to agree to.

Linked assembly:
In the ancient Korean folk tale 'Chopsticks', a warrior is afforded a vision of heaven and hell. We are reminded that in the context of our lives on Earth, selfishness leads to unhappiness - a kind of Hell.


Using Talents: It's A Wind-Up

This lesson explores the importance of communication and how technology can play a part in creating a fairer world. The PowerPoint tells us how Trevor Baylis used his skills to design and build a wind-up radio after hearing about that some people in Africa couldn’t access information about Aids via the airwaves because they didn’t have electricity. It includes a video of an interview with the inventor. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: design technology, art

Learning Activities:

  • Ideas for helping people overcome difficulties
  • Paintings of ‘togetherness’ in South African style
  • Trevor’s journey


Inspiring Stories: Young Fundraisers and Campaigners

This PowerPoint highlights the amazing achievements of young people who have campaigned for a cause they care passionately about. It is particularly useful when children are embarking on social action projects like the Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge. Suitable for all KS2.

Linked assembly:
The story of Liam, winner of The Daily Mirror Child of Courage Award, is the catalyst for thinking about how we can help others in times of trouble, whether it be a coin from our pocket money, a little of our time, or a kind word.