Today has been a themed day all about anti-bullying as part of the national Anti-Bullying Week. We’ve also worn our odd socks to celebrate that we are all individual, unique and different.
First of all, we had to decide if these situations were bullying.
We discussed this in groups and after looking at our school definition of bullying, we decided that we didn’t know. This was just one incident and we didn’t know if it had happened several times.
We used drama to consider how children might feel if they were being bullied and how it would affect their mental health.
I feel sad because they are pointing and laughing at me.
I will say to the teacher that they are bullying me.
I feel upset because they are hurting my feelings.
I feel disappointed as they are leaving me out and being mean.
Our child friendly anti-bullying policy talks about an important message if you are being bullied – Start Telling Other People. The children all thought about who and how they could ask for help.
Ask your child about our two STOP acronyms: Several Times On Purpose and Start Telling Other People – one’s a definition of bullying and the other’s a solution.
Finally, we read the story, We are wonders by R J Palacio which shares the message that we are all wonders because of our differences and we should show respect to each other.
‘Look with kindness and you will always find wonder.’
Well done, Year 2, for some great discussions and understanding about this important topic today.