Fair Share


  1. Practise the focusing exercise, in particular drawing children’s attention to the importance of listening.
  1. Recall last week’s ‘Thought for the Week’ and see what children have observed about it. Does anyone have more evidence or new observations?
  1. Read ‘Fair Share’, then practise again the examination of the meaning through articulating it – as in Session 1. If possible, children who did not have first turn in Session 1 should do so They explain what they understand the meaning of the story to be, then the second person evaluates and replies. Remind children of any appropriate protocols such as ‘I disagree with you about . . . , because . . . , I think . .

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  1. Hear two or three examples from children, then bridge from an appropriate one to the ‘Questions for Thinking’ to stimulate the
  1. Ensure children understand the ‘Thought for the Week’.

Fair Share

Judy jumped up and down with excitement.

‘We’re going on a picnic!’ she shouted, and raced upstairs to tell her sister Iona.

‘I don’t want to go’, said Iona. ‘I’m going round to Sarah’s house and we’re going to watch a video.’

‘We’re going to the river, ‘ said Judy. ‘You like the river. We can swim.’ Iona looked irritably at her four year old sister. ‘Go away,’ she said.

‘You’re coming Iona,’ shouted Mum up the stairs. ‘Come and give me a hand. I’ve got to feed Stuart before we go. Everyone must do their share.’

Stuart was their baby brother. Iona sighed and went downstairs.

While Mum fed Stuart, Dad got the car out and packed the folding chairs and table. Then he went and fetched the picnic box down from the loft. Judy got her swimsuit and beach ball and put them in the car.

Iona didn’t do very much.

Mum put Stuart in his stroller and came into the kitchen.

‘You could have started the picnic,’ she said to Iona, and began to prepare it herself.

It was a bright and sunny day and when they reached the river Iona began to cheer up a bit. It was better to be here than indoors watching a video, but she would never admit it.

Dad set up the table and chairs and carried the picnic box to the table while Mum settled Stuart and spread the tablecloth. Judy took the food out of the box and put it on the table.

Iona put on her swimsuit and went to test the water in the river. Then she waded along the edge collecting shiny pebbles. She caught a glimpse of a kingfisher further downstream and went to see if she could see it. Then some squabbling ducks caught her attention.

At last, feeling hungry, she wandered back to where her family were already eating.

She looked for a hard-boiled egg, but there were none left.

She looked for a sausage roll but they had all gone too. The picnic box was almost empty.

‘It’s not fair!’ wailed Iona. ‘You haven’t left me any. I’m hungry’.

‘It’s not fair that you didn’t help get the picnic ready,’ said her Mum. ‘It’s not fair that you let other people do your share of the work, but you expect a share of the food!’ Then Mum reached for a plastic box behind a tree.

‘You’re lucky we’re not as selfish as you, and we saved you some.’

She handed the box to Iona. Inside was her share of the picnic. Iona sat down quietly and began to eat.


1.    Do you think it was right to play the trick on Iona? Was it fair?

2.    Think about sharing. How does a family work? Why?

3.    Do you do your fair share? At home? At school? Do you have evidence?

4.    Should we share tasks and work? Why?

5.    What does ‘fair’ mean?

6.    Is fair always the same? (Does it mean the same thing in different circumstances?)

7.    Does working together have consequences? What are they and what is your evidence?

8.    What stops us sometimes working together, and doing our fair share?