Last week marked Anti- Bullying Week 2022 and the theme this year was to ‘Reach Out’!
Here at Dartford Primary Academy, we have been proud to support Anti-Bullying Week and the children participated in a range of activities across the school to help raise awareness. We kicked off the week on Monday with Odd Socks Day, where many of the children came to school dressed in odd socks to celebrate their uniqueness and individuality!
We want all the children at DPA to feel safe at school. If we ‘Reach Out’, we can beat bullying! Take a look below at some of the activities and work that has been carried out over the week.
In Reception, the children took time to learn about what bullying actually is, as well as identifying how unkind words could act as a form of bullying if continued over time. After this, they watched a video about a young girl called Orla being bullied and thought of ways to deal with this bullying situation.
In Year 1, the children first deconstructed what it means to be a good friend. Following on from this, they spoke about the importance of ‘Reaching Out’ and how they can report bullying in school. Using two different hoops, the children separated different scenarios into ones which showed bullying and ones which showed positive friendships/kindness.
In Year 2, the children identified that bullying can sometimes be about difference. All of the classes watched the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and discussed how he was mistreated because he looked different. After this, the children then went onto creating their own ‘Anti-Bullying Superhero’ as a way to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and help stop bullying!
In Year 3, the children looked at the different types of bullying – ranging from physical, verbal and cyber/online. Each corner of the classroom was labelled and the children sorted different bullying scenarios under these headings. Following on from this, they then spoke about different ways to ‘Reach Out’ if someone is being bullied.
In Year 4, the children got creative and made up their own chant/rap in small groups!. These were all centred around trying to stop bullying and reaching out to others for help. Scan the QR code to see one of the brilliant raps made last week!
The children in Year 5 discussed the different forms of bullying, but took extra time to delve into both direct and indirect bullying. They found out that:
- Direct bullying happens between all of the people involved in the situation.
- Indirect bullying involves others, for example passing on insults or spreading rumours.
The Year 6 children started off Anti-Bullying Week by looking at bullying as a group behaviour and how the people involved all have different roles to play. For example, the ring leader and defender. Shortly after this, the children began to identify the reasons as to why people might bully others and how this can influence a bullying incident.
Take a look at one of the jamboards that was made on the reasons that people might bully others:
Throughout the week, the children came up with some ideas about how we can beat bullying as a community. These include:
- Look out for all of the children in our school community.
- Tell a teacher or a trusted adult if something is happening.
- If you can, ignore the bully and reach out.
- If your friend is being bullied, make sure to be caring and comfort them, or tell a teacher what you think is happening.
Thank you to everyone who took part and got involved in Anti-Bullying Week. The children have been brilliant at spreading the ‘Reach Out’ message!