Odd Socks Day and Anti-Bullying Week
20th November 2020
This initiative is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and aims to support schools in helping children understand the meaning of respect and that bullying is a behaviour choice.
We take part in this every year and the week began with Odd Socks Day which provides an opportunity to celebrate our differences. Throughout the week, our pupils were involved in a range of activities which focussed on friendships, behaviour and conduct and included revisiting our Behaviour Policy and Code of Conduct. Pre-School children looked at being kind to each other and sharing; Year Six pupils participated in discussions based on the PiXL Mind to be Kind programme, respect, consideration for other people's opinions and accepting that everyone is different and unique. Teachers discussed different scenarios with their pupils and invited them to offer solutions to potential problems.
At our school, under normal circumstances, our children enjoy playing and socialising with each other during breaks and lunchtimes. Prior to Covid restrictions being imposed, our older pupils were able to interact with our younger pupils; they gave careful consideration to them whilst running around and playing games. Occasionally, children may 'fall out' with friends but they are quick to find solutions and resolve any issues. Within our teaching, and through our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons, topics such as 'Getting On and Falling Out' are covered along with how to respect each other and our differences. Our children know what to do and who to talk to, if they are feeling upset or anxious about anything, whether it be at school or at home or involving the internet (e-safety).