The Good Samaritan. Ideas for learning at home.

What is a Good Samaritan?

During this coronavirus outbreak there are lots of good news stories in the news and on social media. We are hearing many stories of kindness, people being good neighbours and we are hearing people being described as ‘Good Samaritans’ or ‘Good Sams’. It seems a good time then to help children read the story of the first Good Samaritan as part of their RME learning.

We hope these resources will help you set simple tasks that will help children understand where the phrase ‘Good Samaritan’ comes from, develop their understanding of Christian belief and consider how they can be Good Samaritans at this particular time.

These resources have ideas for early, first and second level. They’re designed for you to pick from a selection of ideas and use them as they are or adapt them to fit your class. There are 4 sections: Hear the story, Check our understanding, Start thinking and Turn thinking into action.

NEW! Two assemblies on the theme of helping others and based on the story of the Good Samaritan are available on our YouTube channel. Find an assembly aimed at P1-3 here: and one aimed at P4-7 here:

NEW! The Scottish Bible Society have turned their fantastic Bibleworld book images into a short video that tells the story of the Good Samaritan. This is another excellent resource to help you share the story with your class. Find it here:

Don’t forget you can access all our ‘normal’ Good Samaritan resources and lesson plans here and there are wonderful images you can use to tell and explore the story available to download free here.

Our team love storytelling. Here’s Fiona encouraging children to interact with the story as she tells it. You can find this video on our YouTube channel at

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