Taking a Risk

When was the last time you took a risk – and what could have gone wrong?

RNLI Taking A Risk activity slides
  • 30 minutes
  • Required: sticky notes
  • Optional: display equipment
  • Optional: printer
  • Stop and think

This short activity gets students thinking about the reasons we take risks. It looks at the motivations for risky behaviour and the implications of this behaviour on other people if something goes wrong.

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Risk taking is a normal and vital part of life, but sometimes risks aren’t calculated well – and confidence or lack of experience can impair people’s ability to calculate a safe outcome.

Students will identify and discuss the last risk they took, using stick figure drawings. The activity gives an opportunity to talk about the importance of sharing and learning from our mistakes. But it also considers the seriousness of taking risks around open water, where we may not get a second chance.

Curriculum links: 

  • England KS3, PSHE Health & Wellbeing
  • Northern Ireland KS3, LLW, Personal Development
  • Republic of Ireland SPHE, Personal Safety
  • Scotland Third & Forth Level, PSE / HWB
  • Wales Health and well-being
Play this video to help share our key water safety messages and bring the work of the RNLI to life for your young people.

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