The Lion and the Mouse

Activity

  1. Remind children of the reasons for doing the calming Reinforce the importance of being actively ‘connected’ through the senses – not just sitting being quiet. Talk the class through the exercise.
  1. As it is the start of a new block of work, ask children to recall the rules of good dialogue that were agreed upon in Block 1, Session 1.
  1. Introduce the story ‘The Lion and the Mouse’, and read it.
  1. Ask the class to think of three themes that they think are important that happened in the Give time for them to do this.
  1. In pairs or threes, pupils should share ideas and give reasons for their choices. Once this has been done, it can be done as a class, with the themes being written up on the board.
  1. Draw any links (both metaphorically and on the board), between ideas, and also show ideas opposed to each other – perhaps in a different Give an example if necessary.
  1. Use the ‘Questions For Thinking’ to start the
  1. Discuss the ‘Thought for the Week’.

The Lion and the Mouse

This fable shows that one does not have to be strong and powerful to be good. Each indi- vidual has talents that can be used for the good of others. These acts of goodness need not be huge events, but just everyday situations that arise in each individual’s life. The events will keep coming but we can choose how we deal with them!

A lion was out one day searching for food. He hadn’t had much luck and was getting hungry. His tummy was rumbling very loudly.

Suddenly he spotted a mouse dashing through the grass. The lion swiped with his great paw and grabbed the mouse in his claws. It was only a small mouse but would be better than nothing.

‘Oh please, Sir,’ said the mouse. ‘Don’t eat me. Great and honourable lion, King of all beasts. Please let me go. I have six children at home who will have no father if you kill me.’The lion was flattered by all this reverence. For a moment he wavered. Then he felt the hunger pangs again and opened his mouth wide.

‘I beg you,’ said the mouse. ‘If you spare my life I will save yours one day.’

Instead of eating the mouse, the lion threw back his head and laughed. ‘You, save me? That’s impossible.’ But he was so amused at the mouse that he did let him go and the mouse scampered back to his family.

Some weeks later some huntsmen came into the jungle. They trapped the lion in a net and pulled tight so that he couldn’t move and then left him beside a tree. At the end of the day they intended to come back for him. Then who knows what would happen.

Along came the little mouse, skipping and scampering. It stopped short when it saw the trapped lion. Then it ran up and began gnawing through the net. It was a big job for a little mouse but all day long it chewed and chewed and never once stopped for a rest. At last the mouse chewed through the last bit of net and the lion was free. It was almost sunset and the huntsman were due back any minute.

The lion bent his big head down to the mouse. ‘Thank you little mouse,’ he said. ‘You kept your word and saved my life, even though I thought it was impossible.’

QUESTIONS FOR THINKING

1.  How did the lion show goodness?

2.  How did the mouse show goodness?

3.   What made the lion think it would be impossible for the mouse to save his life?

4.   Think of some things that you are good at – your talents – how can they be used to do good?  Do you use them in this way?  Why?  Why not?

5.    Should we be good/do good?  What are your reasons and evidence?

6.    Do we sometimes do good in order to help ourselves?

7.    Are there times when we should not be good/do good?  When? Why?

8.    What is ‘good’?