31st October 2003 at 00:00
Different but equal? Equality is a complex concept that occurs in citizenship. But do we know what it means? Are we all really equal to one another? In what sense? Is equality simply a social construct for survival, or something more?

For KS2-4, use the picture to raise questions about how different or similar people are, and then challenge pupils to state why they might regard each other as equal. Are we equal physically, mentally, in terms of potential, our rights, or our ancestry, for example? Do pupils regard themselves as equal to everyone else? Alternatively, pupils might ask about blindness. Do blind people enjoy equal rights? If we were blind, would we have a different idea of "belonging" to a place or a community? If humans couldn't see differences in skin colour, would racism still exist? They might also research voluntary organisations that support blind people (what do they say and do?). Communication is visual? Do blind people have a different sense of place, time and community? Record views in writing for a display.

KS45: RE and science enquiryphilosophy Does the complexity of the eye prove there is a great designer or God? Could the iris have come about by chance or evolution alone?

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