It is National Anti-Bullying Week from Monday 15th November, and the theme this year is ‘One Kind Word’. The focus is on showing respect and kindness in the words we use when speaking to others.
This is a great opportunity to incorporate kindness into your PE lessons, particularly through teamwork and team-building activities. In this blog, we will look at some ideas you can use in your sessions, for National Anti-Bullying Week and any other week!
Idea 1 – There is a great promotional video for National Anti-Bullying Week, which could be used as an effective stimulus for creating body shapes in a Gymnastics or Performing Arts session. Children work in groups to create words using their bodies. For example, the words LOVE, KIND or CALM. There are some good examples in the video. See it here.
Idea 2 – ‘Gone Fishing’ is a game for small groups which really encourages good communication and using everyone’s strengths. Lay out beanbags in a dedicated space, and provide various pieces of equipment for the team to use to fish the beanbags out of the space. Good equipment to use can include skipping ropes, tennis rackets and hockey sticks.
Idea 3 – Using blindfolds in your sessions means your pupils will need to get creative with how they communicate and work with others. A simple activity can be creating a small obstacle course for the children to complete in pairs. One child wears a blindfold whilst the other child gives clear instructions to successfully complete the course.
Idea 4 – Encourage your students to reflect on their own and others’ learning at the end of every session. Some people may be apprehensive about asking children to comment on others’ work, but if demonstrated and structured correctly it can work really well. Phrases such as: ‘I liked it when…’, ‘I think they could work on…’ and ‘Next time they could…’ are all good phrases to use.
We hope you enjoy giving these a go with your children!
See more resources and information about National Anti-Bullying Week here.