topic four – promises and trust
to the teacher
When promises are made, the element of commitment comes in. It
can often be easier to break promises than keep to the commitment.
This topic highlights our dependence on others keeping their promises
and the need for individuals to honour theirs in order to create
and maintain trust. This can be particularly important in family
Ask the class if they realise how much their everyday lives depend
on other people keeping their word to them.
Give them these examples.
• We go into a shop to buy a bag of crisps of a certain
flavour. We cannot tell from the outside of the packet what flavour
they are. We rely on what is written on it.
• When we put a stamp on a letter, we expect it to be delivered
to the right address in a reasonable period of time.
Ask them for other similar situations.
Give them worksheet 4 (page 19) Promises,
promises, promises and ask them to answer questions 1-3.
Give them the resource sheet 5 page
21 Marriage promises. These are the promises made
by couples in the marriage ceremonies of different religions. They
may not go along with them but it is a fact that a very large number
of people across the world still make these commitments to each
other and keep them.
When they have read these, ask them to fill in the rest of the