During National Antibullying week the children of Lordsgate thought carefully about the theme of ‘Change Starts with us’. All the children made a pledge to make a small change to continue to fight bullying in our school such as ‘looking out for children who don’t have others to play with’, ‘choosing to be kinder on-line’ or ‘ inviting people to join in with my games’, which fits in well with our Christian Value of friendship. As part of the week the children helped to write a Lordsgate Antibullying charter as part of an assembly led by Mrs Komurcu and also had the opportunity to make friendship bracelets in ‘pop up prayer’ - an activity run by members of St John’s church community.
On Tuesday 12th November we took part in ‘Odd Socks Day’ where children wore different socks to celebrate our uniqueness and differences. Also during the week we to learnt to ‘sign’ a friendship related song with St John’s British Sign Language Choir.
During Star Worship on Friday 15th November we shared some of the things the classes had been doing during the week with parents. Here is just a small flavour of some of the activities completed.
Reception—Making Friendship ‘soup’ - what makes a good friend?
Y1— Designed unique and odd socks to learn about respecting differences
Y2— Made ‘Feelings Thermometers’ to show how they felt if someone had been unkind to them. They had also done some fantastic bullying storyboards
Y3— Learnt and performed a lovely Friendship Song
Y4— Had designed anti-bullying T-shirts and in RE had looked at being ‘fishers’ of friends
Y5— Made antibullying posters as well as writing poems, songs and anti-bullying raps
Y6— Anti-bullying poems
By the end of the week we had reinforced with the children what bullying is, forms of bullying, what children shoud do if they are worried or concerned and more importantly discussed what makes a good friend and how to get on well with each other.