We started the week with a special assembly. Mr. Coole played the song 'Ugly' by the Sugababes and asked everyone to listen to the lyrics to guess what the song was about and what might be special about today's assembly and this week. One of the Year 6's guessed correctly and said: 'You're playing the song because it's Anti-Bullying Week and the song sounds like it is about bullying!' Well listened and deduced! The children then learnt about people's rights and that we all have the right to keep safe from harm and bullying.
We discussed who and what keeps us safe and who we can keep safe ourselves. As a school we decided the following:
Who keeps us safe?
Parents, older siblings, extended family, teachers, friends and emergency services (like the police).
What keeps us safe?
Certain rules in school and in society can keep us safe.
Who can we keep safe?
Ourselves, pets, younger siblings and friends.
EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE IN ALL THAT THEY DO AND SHOULD REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS AND SPECIAL MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL AND SOCIETY.
As we left the assembly Mr. Coole played the song 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera to remind us all of this.
PC Newburn came into school this week and discussed bullying and the school's Anti-Bullying Policy with all of the classes. She also taught the 'Police Education Pack' lessons to each year group. This is what each class learnt about:
Class 1: 'People Who Help Us' - What to do in an emergency or when feeling unsafe.
Class 2: 'Who? What? Where? Take Care!' - The dangers and benefits of medicine.
Class 3/4: 'Right or Wrong?' - Understanding the right and wrong actions people can take.
Class 4/5: 'Stranger Danger' - Undertstanding strangers at home and in the community (dangerous and helpful strangers).
Class 6: 'B-ACE' - Behavioural and Crime Education: The age of criminal responsibility, theft, criminal damage and assaults.
Year 1 really enjoyed their police lesson - they identified the clothing worn by the 4 emergency services. They matched pictures of emergencies to the right services, including the vehicle used. After that some of the class got the opportunity to role play an emergency call; with PC Newburn pretending to be the operator and the children having to give her the right information, what had happened, where they were and their name and address.
They also had a lesson with Year 2 about bullying and how words can hurt as well as physical bullying. They discussed what to do if they saw bullying happening and who can help them.
During one of their circle time sessions this week Class 3/4 learnt all about the mental scars that can be left by verbal or physical bullying. They were each given a fresh piece of paper and then asked to screw it up, stamp on it and scribble on it and then try and put it back to how it originally was. The children could clearly see that this was not possible. They then discussed how verbal and physical bullying can have the same results on a person and leave traces and memories of the things that have been said or done.
They also had a visit from PC Newburn and learnt about the difference between Right and Wrong choices. Here is a photo of Sam the police puppet who helped explain these differences.
Following our lessons with PC Newburn, Class 4/5 used their P4C and PSHE lessons to discuss bullying further. Firstly we discussed what we could do if we saw bullying happening.
After demonstrating some impressive thinking, talking and empathy skills, we agreed that everyone had a right not to be picked on and to feel safe but also that we, as individuals, have a responsibility to do what we can to make sure that other people have that right too. We agreed that sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always the easiest thing to do but it is always the important thing to do.
Mrs Mellon then wrote something on the whiteboard that said: “No-one can make you feel bad without your permission” and we talked a lot about what that might mean. We also talked about what we could do to help ourselves if we ever felt we were being treated unfairly. This included seeking support from adults and our friends, and using the class’ Pupil Voice Box to report any unfair behaviour so that it could be dealt with straight away.
Class 6 took part in an activity during Anti-Bullying week which was all about developing their team-working skills and building positive relationships. The photo below shows them making a positive web of friendship. They made this by throwing the wool to each other and saying something they liked about the person who caught it, once they had done that the wool had made a web and they then did the same thing backwards to untangle the wool. Well done Year 6!
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