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This Half Terms Value: Honesty

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our value this half term is ‘honesty’. What is honesty? Many children think honesty means you "don't tell a lie"- that is definitely part of being honest. But honesty means more than not lying. A more complete definition of honesty shows that an honest person doesn't do things that are morally wrong. If something you do is breaking the law or if you have to hide what you are doing because you'll get in trouble, you are probably not being honest. So honesty is about speaking and acting truthfully.

At school we will be focusing on the importance of being honest with ourselves as well as with others. We will think about how being honest with others inspires trust and respect from them. It may bring rewards and benefits that may not always be obvious at first.

We hope that you and your family will join with us as we promote this value in school.


* Honesty is telling the truth.

* Being honest helps us to feel clear inside.

* An honest person earns confidence from others.

* Honest thoughts, words and actions create harmony.

* When you are honest you do the right thing with things that have been entrusted to you.

* There is a close relationship between honesty and friendship.

* When we realise we are all interconnected we recognise the importance of honesty.

* When I am honest I can learn and help others learn to be giving.

* It is not always easy to be honest, but it is always important to be.


In assemblies and in class children will:

* Look at different situations in stories where it is important to be honest and ways being honest has provided its own rewards.

* Reflect on reasons why people aren’t always honest and how we can encourage people to be.

* Learn that honesty is the best policy.


Why don’t you try these values activities at home?

As a family, discuss what characteristics are important to “make yourself the very best you can be.” Is honesty one of those characteristics? Discuss ways the family can encourage honesty.

Hold a “Family Game Night.” When playing games, talk about the importance of honesty and the negative effects of cheating. By playing games, you will encourage honesty, as well as good sportsmanship.

Share newspaper and magazine articles which encourage honesty. Sharing true stories about honest deeds helps children understand the importance of being honest in everyday life.

Thank a friend or family member for being honest.

Draw a picture of someone or something that is either honest or dishonest, then dictate a sentence to go with the picture.

Honestly discuss your real feelings without anger, exaggeration or blaming others.

Develop a checklist for evaluating the honesty of a person. What criteria would you use to evaluate this characteristic? 



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