Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – responsible citizenship - primary

What is this?

These activities focus on helping your child to learn about being responsible for their own actions and making a positive difference.

For children at nursery and P1

  • Encourage your child to help you at home to safely sort items for recycling or to select toys they no longer play with. Talk about why these are responsible things to do.
  • Pretend to be eating a meal at nursery, school or in a café. Ask your child how they should speak to the person taking their order and bringing their food and drinks. For example, saying please and thank you.

For children at P2/P3/P4

  • Talk to your child about some of the people you admire and inspire you. Perhaps use a photo of someone in your family who has qualities you admire such as courage, honesty, hard work. Discuss how you believe these qualities help people overcome difficulties. What qualities does your child admire in others and why?
  • Talk with your child about their own qualities. Ask them to write or draw pictures to demonstrate these qualities and how their actions make a difference.
  • Talk about returning to school and how your child can be a good role model for others. For example, understanding and respecting rules, adapting to new classes and timetables, and helping school staff and friends to cope with the changes they will all face. Help your child to understand that the little things they do can make a difference and make them feel good about themselves.

For children at P5/P6/P7

  • Talk with your child about how they have shown responsibility or helped other people over recent months. What difference have they made?
  • Encourage your child to write down a few things they can do to help take responsibility in school. For example, following new rules, maintaining good hygiene and following safety advice.