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Monday Assembly 13th July - Responsibility & Road Safety
This week we are thinking about the value of Responsibility
Being responsible means you do the things you are expected to do and accept the consequences (results) of your actions. But let’s break that down into some more pieces:
What is “a responsibility”? - A responsibility is something you are expected to do.
- For example, your parents expect you to brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth is “a responsibility” and it is your responsibility to brush your teeth every day.
- Another task example is that your teacher expects you to finish your homework on time and to do your best job. So it’s your responsibility to do your homework.
A responsibility might be a way you are expected to act.
- For example, your parents expect that if you go to play at the park, you will play in a way that won’t seriously hurt yourself or someone else. It’s your responsibility to have fun in a safe and courteous way.
What is “a consequence”? -A consequence is the result or outcome of our actions.
Consequences can be positive (good) or negative (not good).
- For example, if you are supposed to do your chores around the house for pocket money and you get them done, the consequence of your actions is that you get paid and your parents are happy with you.
- In another example, if you leave your bike behind your dad’s car and he doesn’t see it and runs over it, the consequence of your action is that your bike is ruined.
Why is being responsible important?
When we act responsibly, or do the things we are responsible for doing, we have a positive consequence. A consequence is what happens as a result of our actions. When you are responsible, you have a positive outcome and you get the positive consequence for a job well done. If you are irresponsible, you feel the pain of a negative consequence for a job done poorly or not at all.
Being responsible leads to more trust and freedom because people know they can count on you to do the things you are expected to do.
Being responsible can also be a big part of keeping you safe.
Children who are moving to secondary school, thinking about walking to our school in Year 6 or who will be going out to play with friends this summer need to think about the responsibility they have for their own safety.
Want to find out more about how you can take responsibility for your own safety on and around roads?
You can find the link to the full videos we used this morning and the games mentioned in assembly on our Keeping Safe page in the Virtual School.
You can download a colouring page, spot the dangers game and a word search below.
There is also a guide for parents, so that they can help you to take responsibility for your safety around roads.