PSHE KS1/KS2: What’s fair?

An animated parable adapted from a story by Jason Buckley, exploring the age-old question of what is fair.

Three children are deciding how best to share out their kit before they go on a quest.

This might encourage children to reflect on whether there is a difference between fairness and equality, and how we consider those that are in some way disadvantaged.

This short film is from the BBC series, What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a lesson starter for a philosophical discussion around what’s fair, and whether and how resources should be shared.

The clip could be watched in parts with pauses for discussion.

Pupils could sit in a circle and use the questions at the end of each part, or you could work with the children to choose your own, to encourage them to consider what fair means: Is it when everything is divided equally, or when people have what they need?

This could also lead to a wider discussion on society and whether the rich and the poor should be treated the same.

Further questions could include, "Is there a difference between equality and fairness?" and "Would the same answers apply if we talked about a whole society of people?" at the end of part 2.

Questions to prompt alternative viewpoints might include: "Would you give up your lunch for someone who has less than you? Why/ why not?"

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, and 1st and 2nd levels in Scotland.

More from What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions:

Am I always responsible for my actions?
What makes me, me?
Who owns the sky?
Why should I be good?