KS2 PSHE: Have Your Say! 1. Who needs rules?

The audio resources explore the purpose of rules, including what rules are, why we make them and whether it is ever acceptable to break rules.

In the drama some friends struggle to create a set of rules to govern behaviour in their new ‘den’.

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Young people introduce the theme of 'rules' by talking about some of the rules they know and what they think of them.

We've got a rule in our house that when you take your shoes off you don't leave them in the hall.

There's a rule in our house that my sister has to feed the guinea pig in the morning and I have to feed it when we come home from school and we both have to basically clean it out - not just my mum!

When we play out we've got to be back at a certain time - and if we're over that time we sometimes get shouted at.

I think it's unfair in assembly when the big ones get told off for talking but the little ones don't.

Just because someone's broken the rules once it doesn't mean they're going to break it again and again and again after that.

Sometimes we think rules aren't very fair - but usually it's for our own safety.

Good rules are like laws where you have to obey them because if we didn't have rules as laws then the world would be just a place of chaos.

Drama 1

Scene 1: Clare, her brother Sam and Sam's friend Danny are in the shed at the bottom of the garden which they have turned into a 'den'. Sam and Clare are not getting on too well and seem to be arguing about most things.

Sam seems intent on dominating the new den and tells them of his intention to bring his CD player down to the den so that he can listen to his music.

Danny - attempting the role of peace-maker - suggests that they should have some rules, such as 'No adults,' 'No friends without the agreement of the other two.' Sam reluctantly agrees to keep the den rules.

Scene 2: Some time later Sam comes into the den with his CD player and starts to play music very loudly - which is clearly unpopular with the other two. Danny suggests that they should arrange a 'secret ballot' to determine whether or not Sam should be allowed to continue to play his music and so each of the three writes secretly on a piece of paper saying what they think should happen.

Scene 3: The pieces of paper are put into a box a shaken so that nobody knows which piece of paper is which. The result is one vote to keep the music; two against. Sam is not happy but, as Danny tells him, 'That's democracy!'

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Young people suggest one rule that they would like to see become law.

If I can make up a law it would be for no-one to swear.

If I could make a law I would ban all killing animals because they have a life of their own and we don't want to take it.

I think we should lower the speed limit for cars.

If I could make a law I would ban hunting because some animals are close to extinction.

Children should get £2.50 pocket money from the government every week sent to them...

I think that's a really good idea!

Drama 2

Scene 4: It's the following day. Clare is in the den with her friend Reena, who is very upset having been teased at school. However, Clare has taken Reena into the den without the agreement of the other two.

When Sam appears he calls Clare aside and - insensitive to Reena's situation - challenges Clare for breaking the rules. Clare is cross with Sam at his literal interpretation of the rules and his insensitive behaviour towards Reena and the two girls leave the den.

Danny tries to reason with Sam, but they end up arguing...and then fighting. In the scuffle the two boys tumble out of the shed doorway.

Scene 5: The perspective changes to that of the two girls outside as Sam and Danny come tumbling through the doorway. Clare tells them to behave and shake hands. As calm returns they suddenly notice the damage...the shed door has been ripped off its hinges.

Teacher's Notes - Who needs rules?

More from this series

2: Crime and punishment
3: Conflicting responsibilities
4: Self-esteem - proud to be me
5: Diversity - respecting differences
6: The environment
7: The media
8: Attitudes to age