All the children at Thorndown School have been exploring ways to keep themselves and others safe during National Anti-Bullying week. It is so important that this is a subject we all talk about openly and empower our pupils with key strategies to stop it from happening in or out of school.
“Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name-calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally”- NSPCC
Foundation Stage children thought about what it meant to be a kind friend. They found that some words and actions were not kind.
Year 1 created their own rainbow of ‘kind’ words. They also had a pot of kindness; each time somebody said or did something kind, they put a pom-pom in the jar!
Year 2 looked at ‘One Kind Word’ and together explored the importance of being kind. They created kindness jars in our classroom and all the children have been working so hard to use kind words and actions.
Year 3 focused on learning the difference between friends falling out and bullying behaviour. They thought about the Peaceful Problem Solving process for if we fell out with friends and wanted to reach a solution together.
Year 4 designed and created posters, which were displayed around school. They have been busy learning about friendships and empathy as part of our PSHE.
Year 5 shared talked in depth about where bullying might take place and who might be involved. Thinking from the viewpoint of the bully brought up some interesting ideas. They also thought about witnesses to bullying and their role.
Year 6 talked about different bullying that can occur and what bullying actually is. They discussed how to defend others and keep