Students will learn about different forms that bullying can take, and be encouraged to share their ideas about actions to stop bullying.
The story introduces learning about conflict in a school situation and covers the QCA schemes of work: Unit 13 How do we deal with conflict?
Open space for drama-based work.
Start discussion about bullying in the school and how effectively students think this is being dealt with. What have you learned about this issue in Citizenship lessons so far?
If possible, ask students to move into open spaces so they can create ‘freeze frames’ on the theme of ‘personal conflict’. Work in threes. Choose a personal conflict situation like someone refusing to pay a debt or stopping a friend from doing something wrong. Position yourselves like states to show this situation.
Un-freeze the students and ask everyone to look at each frame in turn: guess what conflict is being shown. Each group can say when their situation has been correctly guessed.
Decide on one of the situations to explore in more depth. A good way to do this is by asking this group to enact their conflict situation, this time using words and developing the characters involved. Everyone else can watch this and comment on it, so the scene could be re-enacted a number of times.
Collect opinions about the situation, why it happened and ways that it could be resolved. Record these on the board for copying into books.
At the end, ask students to reflect individually how this situation might relate to their own lives. Do not ask them to share this but rather take it away as a personal gain from this lesson on resolving personal conflicts.
After doing these activities, students can get involved in active citizenship for rights by doing their own project, as the anti-bullying committee at Malory School did and the mentoring project at Whitemore School (see Citizenship Action). Or they can meet Joe Clark on the video ‘Talk to my parents’ for learning about avoiding conflict at family level (see Go off on a tangent!).
Write a description of the lesson with the freeze frames about personal conflict. Explain what you think you learned about ways of resolving conflict from this lesson.
Choose a topic of discussion between a child and a parent. Write a short dialogue for this as ‘friendly’. Then rewrite the dialogue as ‘unfriendly’. Write a third dialogue for this situation as ‘openly hostile’. At the end, list the probable outcomes for the family members from each discussion.