Risk / Benefit

Themes (Ages 11-14)
Risk / Benefit
Key Messages

This thematic session focuses on taking risk with an emphasis on public transport and public spaces in the light of the London bombings and other attacks.

  • Consider different elements of taking risk
  • Explore possible fears about using public transport and public spaces.
  • Explore the concept of risk
  • Develop an opinion about the benefits / risk of using public transport and public spaces


Main Activities

  • The following could be done in groups with feedback, or as class discussion. Often there are no correct answers. The point is that most activities contain some form of risk, and often the risks are low compared to the benefits.
  • Slides 2 and 3 Complete the matching exercise to encourage discussion about different risks in life.
  • Slide 4 Consider the element of risk taking from infancy when we push boundaries, risking parental displeasure.
  • Students place the various activities on a continuum from least risky to most risky.
  • Slide 6 Consider possible fears of using public transport after 7/7 as an example. This can be linked with the previously mentioned activities and how using public transport fits onto the continuum.
  • Slide 7 Students 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 on Slide 8 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. You could end with a vote for or against the statement.


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