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Trust is a basic belief that you will be treated fairly and without prejudice by society and the organisations around you.

In this lesson, the concept is explored by examining the treatment of and attitudes towards refugees during the First World War period.

Did refugees and those of a different religion have to hide their identity from the British authorities and / or the British public?

1. Print off the text from each of the History Windows below

– Refugees living in fear
– Belgian Refugees
– Sermons heard by Jews Living in London
– The First Worlld War through the eyes of Jewish children
– Faith in the Frontline

And show some of the images on a screen (or print a selection).

Working in groups, ask the students to read some of the different History Windows.

Ask them to list 5 key facts (it can be anything) from each of the texts that they have read.

As a class, ask the students to explain what their five key facts from the different texts mean.

2. Ask the students if there is anything in the texts that came as a surprise?

Ask them why it matters that different religious groups are allowed to practice their religion?

What does freedom of worship tell you about trust in society?

3. Ask the students to write an article about how refugees were treated in the UK during the FWW.


Ask the students to discuss:

How might Britain’s values be different today if:

​​​​​​​– Refugees had been treated badly in the UK during the First World War
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​– Jewish refugees had been treated the way they were in other countries?

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