Risk / Benefit

Add Ons (Ages 11-14)
Risk / Benefit
Key Messages

This session focuses on taking risk with a focus on using public transport after the London bombings. This session also addresses students' possible fears of public places.

  • Students will consider different elements of risk taking
  • Students will consider possible fears about using public transport.
  • Students will understand the concept of risk
  • Students will give an opinion about the benefits / risk of using public transport


  • Project MV PSHE Resource 3.1 Taking Risk: Slide 1 Students think back to previous lessons and focus on the key words. (Can they remember them?) Brainstorm how the words link to Miriam’s story.

Main Activities

  • Slides 2-5 Class to complete matching exercise to encourage discussion about different risks in life. Students consider the element of risk taking from infancy when we push boundaries and risk parental displeasure, to adulthood. Students place various activities / lifestyles on a continuum considering the least risky to most risky. This could be done in a group or as a class discussion.
  • Slides 6-8 Students to consider their possible fears of using public transport after 7/7. This can be linked with the previous risk taking activities and how using public transport fits onto the continuum. Students to brainstorm the advantages and disadvantages of using public transport. This can be done individually, in groups or as a class discussion.
  • Students can then consider the Transport for London statistics and consider how safe they feel using public transport. This should generate a class discussion.


  • Slide 9 Students respond to the statement – "The benefits of using public transport outweigh the risks involved". Students must give their own opinion and also consider the views of other people. This can be done as a written exercise or as a class debate/discussion.


  • How does this relate to Miriam's story?
  • How does this relate to your own life?