'If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.'

Virginia Woolf

Honesty is telling the truth.  It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed, and even when you really wish you hadn’t done it. 

Honesty isn’t about “not getting caught” because honest people do the right thing even when no one is looking. We can also refer to honesty as truthfulness.  Knowing that somebody is honest helps us to believe what they say. Honesty builds trust which is important for being good friends.

Sometimes we keep some information to ourselves for a short time, for example if we are planning a party or present for someone.  The fact that the other person does not know makes it more fun for them when they eventually find out!  We shouldn’t keep secrets for adults or keep secrets about things that worry us or hurt other people.  

The opposite of honesty is dishonesty.  It is dishonest to make things up. It is good to make up stories and games, but it is dishonest to say something is true when you know it isn’t.  It is dishonest to take something that belongs to someone else. 


Being honest means telling the truth and it's always the right thing to do. 

Year 1

It is always best to admit if I have done something wrong. 

Year 2

Being honest helps people to trust me.