topic three – bullying
teacher's notes - general approach
Bullying, one of the most destructive consequences of a lack of
respect for others, often goes unchecked because of the victims'
fear. The most effective way of dealing with this problem is to
work out an agreed school policy with pupils, teachers and parents.
Clearly defined procedures need to be known by all and consistently
There is a great deal of material now available on this subject
so the activities included in this topic concentrate on how bullying
shows up the need for respect between people and what happens when
this breaks down.
Two activities, based on the same resource, are suggested as a
choice of starters for this project. They are based on the same
There are also suggestions on some steps to monitor and prevent
bullying that can be taken after the chosen activity.
activity one - drama
Read to the class the episode from A Kestrel for a Knave
on resource sheet 2 page 18 and then
divide them into groups to act out improvisations of the scene themselves.
There are questions on worksheet 6 page
16 Who has the power? which could help in thinking
out the main issues raised and discussed in their acting groups.
Out of this, other improvisations may be possible, dramatising
the sort of bullying they have experienced and exploring strategies
the victims can use to take the power away from the bullies.
The best of these scenes could be performed at a school assembly.
Divide the class into small groups giving each the resource
sheet 2 page 18 He's had enough, sir and worksheet
6 page 16 Who has the power? so that they can
read the episode together and then consider the answers to the questions