Next week is Anti-bullying week, an annual campaign run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is ‘Change Starts With Us' and will run from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November.
According to the Anti-Bullying Alliance, the aims of this year’s theme are:
“Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work[ing] together.”
We know it's important to make sure children feel happy and safe at school and online, so we've compiled some helpful resources to help start the anti-bullying conversation and promote kindness this Anti-Bullying Week.
Switched on Online Safety KS1 Unit
In this free KS1 unit from Switched on Online Safety, children will begin to understand what is meant by online bullying and its consequences. They will discuss how and where online bullying can occur and the role of the bystander. They will discuss the consequences of online bullying for the victim and the perpetrator and finally, they will create an anti-online bullying slogan to send a strong message that bullying is never acceptable.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Sample Year 6 Teaching Unit
Use this sample Year 6 teaching unit from Read in to Writing to read and explore Wonder by R.J. Palacio with your class. The themes explored include relationships, friendships, dealing with change and bullying and how we view ourselves and others. The key writing outcomes are personal narratives, diary entries, writing in the style of the story, an apology letter, a string of emails and texts, and writing from a particular perspective. This sample includes detailed lesson plans and accompanying PowerPoint slides and pupil worksheets.
About the book:
Auggie feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been homeschooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Questions and Feelings About Bullying Extract
This free extract is taken from Franklin Watts and Wayland’s Questions and Feelings About Bullying. Use the activity suggestions to start talking about bullying and showing respect for others with your class.
‘Questions and Feelings About’ is a series of picture book stories on tough topics handled with sensitivity and care. The books are designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. Aimed at 5-7 years olds, but also appealing to both younger and older children, these stories are the perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give them steps they can take to help them cope.
Also available: Questions and Feelings About - Autism, Worries, Racism, Adoption, Having a Disability, When Someone Dies, When Parents Separate.
Books to get the Anti-Bullying Week conversation started
Teach your children about bullying, online safety and kindness with our selection of anti-bullying themed books from Franklin Watts and Wayland.
, English and Literacy
, Franklin Watts and Wayland