Stage 2 - Unit 3 – What is bullying?

Broad focus for an inquiry: Personal and social capabilities, ethics and ethical thinking

Generative questions

  • What is bullying?
  • Why do people bully?
  • How do we respond to bullying?
  • How can we prevent bullying?

Understandings, skills and values

  • Recognising bullying behaviour.
  • Why some people bully.
  • How to respond to bullying.
  • How to be an active bystander (upstander) and assist others who are being bullied.
  • Know the whole school anti-bullying approach.

Tuning in

Questions about diversity

Students work in groups to brainstorm what they already know about bullying and create questions they would like to investigate. Display these ideas in the classroom and encourage students to add ideas as the unit progresses.

Finding out

What is bullying?

In groups students research one of the following topics and share their findings with the class:

  • types of bullying
  • why people bully
  • ways to respond to bullying
  • the impact of bullying
  • how to prevent bullying.

Students could choose how to present their findings. This could present a short dramatic performance, a news report (written, multi-media, video) or poster.

This activity could conclude with students contributing to a class retrieval chart such as a K-W-L chart (what I know, what I want to know and what I learned).

Suggested resources:

Sorting out

How to respond to bullying

In small groups, students prepare and present role plays about bullying scenarios. Discuss and identify the bystanders, the person experiencing bullying and the person displaying bullying behaviour.

Students can practice using the whole school responses to bullying behaviour.

Going further

Reflecting on learning

Students return to their previous groups and list what they have learned about bullying. Groups report back to the class. Investigate any further questions that arise.

Concluding and acting

Encouraging upstander behaviours

In groups, students create posters and displays to support positive whole school responses to bullying and to promote messages about being an active bystander (upstander).

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