Classroom activities for all students
These activities are suitable for all age groups.
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There are certain places in schools where bullying occurs the most. These areas are often where adults are not around, like hallways, toilets and playgrounds. Most other students are present when bullying occurs — they know where and when it happens, and what happens. The activity enables students to safely identify areas where bullying takes place, and to jointly develop with school staff solutions for reducing bullying in these areas.
Map of the school 3 packs of different coloured (dots) stickers
Our School Map activity
Research suggests that to prevent bullying situations it's most effective to work at developing children's social skills, for examples listening, showing empathy and being friendly. This activity is designed to help students display positive social skills towards each other and develop a sense of the whole community working together.
felt pens pieces of paper large jar
Acts of Kindness
This activity links students, schools and communties to create a powerful visual statement about uniting against bullying. It demonstrates the interaction between individuality and connectivity by creating a chain of interconnected individual links. The message of the chain is: everyone has something unique to offer and when we until in a common goal our actions are powerful.
paper strips felt pens tape or staples
This activity is designed to help students think of the practical things they can do to help others, and promote students' understanding that everyone has a role to play in preventing and responding to bullying situations. It helps students to understand the role of the bystander and how even small actions can help others to feel positive and included.
felt pens pieces of paper
Helping Hands activity
Designed to encourage students to actively consider what they can do to help prevent bullying in their school. This activity could be used after a classroom discussion about what bullying is and how we can all help prevent it.
small message board template or whiteboard camera
Together Commitment activity
This activity gives students a voice in the things that are important in their learning and challenges the assumptions of what students really value. Schools who have tried this activity are often surprised by the differences between what whānau and school staff vote for, and what students think is most important. The voting wall provides a focal point for discussions to engage students and the whole community, and helps teachers and school leaders consider the balance they give to these elements.
voting wall poster four jars
School Values Voting Wall
The activity encourages students to learn about working together and co-operating to achieve a common goal. 'Together we can prevent bullying' needs everyone to be on the same waka, going in the same direction, and valuing the contribution that everyone brings.Our waka
waka templates art materials
Our Waka - Kia Kaha
This activity helps students make a personal connection to what they can do to help stop bullying happening. Based on the Tibetan tradition of making prayer flags, this exercise gives students with different perspectives a constructive way to talk to each other. Each flag includes personal images and words, expressing individual concerns and wishes. Strung together, the flags have a collective impact.
coloured squares of paper or material permanent marker pens
Bullying prevention factsheets
Peace Flag activity
It can be difficult for children and young people to discuss how they feel about bullying and they may find it more helpful to draw or write about issues that affect them. This activity enables students to examine how they feel about and view bullying, and identify ways of preventing and responding to bullying behaviour using a comic strip format.
comic strip template 3 packs of different coloured (dots)
story board planner stickers speech bubble template
Comic Strip activity
Having a sense of belonging is a key protective factor for young people. Bullying can undermine this. This whole-school or class exercise looks at how students know they belong and how they feel valued. A whatu pōkeka is a baby blanket lined with feathers to provide warmth, comfort and security. Students can explore belonging and in the process make a protective blanket.
paper feathers felt pens large sheet of paper or cloth paper
Real change happens when the whole school community shares responsibility for making their school a respectful and inclusive environment. This activity encourages supportive and empathetic skills between students and bystanders.
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Take a Compliment
We are more likely to develop positive bystander skills when we feel connected to those around us. This activity encourages older students to look out for younger students and start thinking about how we are all part of one school community supporting each other.