Overview of Care and Share for First and Second Class

This lesson encourages the child to consider his or her own opinion regarding various aspects of life for children, for adults and for older people in our community. This lesson encourages the skills of independent thinking, of respect for the opinion of others and of group discussion.


The overall aim of the theme Caring and sharing is to enable the child to:

The objectives of this lesson are to enable the child to:


You will need two large signs, True and False for Activity 1 in this lesson. You may want to clear some floor space in the classroom or you could hold this lesson in the school hall or playground. For Activity 3 in this lesson, you will need a copy of Sam's Duck or one of the other books listed.

Note that in the Online activities, Things to do, Activity 3 suggests inviting an older volunteer to the classroom. Consider inviting an older person who delivers meals on wheels, or who works as a volunteer with mentally handicapped or deprived children or adults, or who provides care in any other way to people outside the family.

The Online activities include the following words: dancing, competition, petrol.

Lesson Content

Lesson plan Agree or disagree
Life for young and old
Sam's Duck
Choose from a range of books about children and older people
Online activities Pop-up facts

Multiple choice
Cloze procedure

Write a story
Write a story
Classroom visitor
Older people sharing

Young and old
Paul is sick
Mick and Martina went to Dublin

A helping hand
A trip for me
An older visitor on older people caring

Activity 1: Agree or disagree - Life for young and old


Make two large signs, each with one of the following words: TRUE, FALSE. You will need to move the tables and chairs back against the wall for this game, to leave as much room as possible in the centre of the room.

Place the True sign at one end of the room and the False sign at the other end of the room. Stand on one side of the room with the class opposite you.

Explain how the game works. You will read out a statement. Each child will consider it, then go and stand at the sign True or at the sign False, depending on whether he or she thinks it is true or false.


You may need to read out some statements a few times. When everyone has moved to their chosen spot, ask the minority group why they feel as they do. Next turn to the majority group and invite them to convince the others to change their minds. Give the pupils time to win over others by their arguments. Allow some time for discussion, then move to the next statement. Sometimes turn to the majority group first.


You may decide to use only some of the statements on the list and spend more time on each.

So where do I stand?


You may like to have the children sit around as a group on the floor and look at some of the issues raised in this exercise. It is important that the children realise that most older people do not need special care (only 5% are in long-term care), that life is a mixture of good and not so good things, whether you are young or old, and that older people like sharing and doing things with other people also.

Some questions you may like to ask include:

Activity 2: Story - Sam’s Duck

Sam’s Duck by Michael Morpurgo,

(Collins Picture Lions, 1997, ISBN: 0 00 664625 5).

Read this story to the class. It is a lovely story about a boy who spends a week on a farm. It explores the relationship between Sam and his Grandad and also the friendship between Sam and the old gardener on the farm.

Discuss the story with the children. The following questions may be helpful:

  1. Why did Sam not want to go to the farm?
  2. What was the name of the farm?
  3. What work did Sam and the other children do on the farm?
  4. Did Sam miss his Grandad when he was on the farm?
  5. What person on the farm looked like Sam’s Grandad?
  6. What happened at the market?
  7. Who helped Sam to feed the duck?
  8. Why does Sam want to help the duck?
  9. What does Sam do with the duck?
  10. Where does Sam hide the duck on the bus?
  11. Who helped Sam to hide the duck?
  12. What did Sam and his Grandad decide to do with the duck?

Activity 3: Reading - Choose from a range of books about children and older people

Use any of the following stories to explore the relationship between older people and younger people and to look at how older and younger care for each other:

Curriculum Links

This lesson provides opportunities for many cross-curricular activities and links directly to the curriculum for primary schools as follows:

SPHE Myself and the wider community Developing citizenship
English Competence and confidence in using language Reading

Key Questions

The key questions for this lesson include:

  1. Do we all need care at different times of our lives?
  2. What is good about playing and working with other people?
  3. Do older people like sharing and doing things with other people?