The theme for Anti-Bullying Week (13th - 17th November) this year is
“All different, all equal”.
Here are the outcomes we hope to have achieved during Anti Bullying Week:
- Empower children to celebrate what makes them and others unique.
- Help children to understand how important it is that every child fees valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.
- Encourage parents and carers to work with school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality.
- Enable all staff to celebrate difference and equality , taking collective and individual action to prevent bullying, creating environments where children can be themselves.
During the week, the children did lots of learning with their class about preventing bullying.
One of the things taught to the children is STOP:
They can remember what bullying is using STOP: Several Times On Purpose.
They can remember what to do if they are worried about bullying using STOP: Start Telling Other People.
On Tuesday 14th November, we had ODD SOCKS DAY. On that day we encouraged children and staff to come into school wearing odd socks in order to demonstrate the “All Different, All Equal“ theme and to help support the Anti-Bullying Alliance. A theatre company came to do a performance in the afternoon about cyber-bullying for the children in Y1-6.
There are useful resources to support parents talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality from the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Links to these pages can also be found below.
At Irk Valley, we believe that every child should be happy and safe at school, able to learn and thrive, free from bullying. The work we do at school during Anti-Bullying Week is very important, but it is just one part of the work we do
all year round to support our children.
Learning about Anti-Bullying
In Reception we discussed the ways in which we are all different from one another and then talked about how despite our differences, we should treat one another kindly and with respect.
This formed a pledge which was written on to a template of a hand, stating "I will be respectful" or "I will be kind". These will be displayed in our classroom for everyone to see.