Bullying (ages 11-12)

This scheme of work uses the emotive subject of bullying as a backdrop for drama development. Students use their own experiences to develop a number of pieces that examine the problem from different angles including those of teachers, witnesses, victims and bullies themselves. Several lessons draw on the students creative abilities to develop lyrics and artwork as well as their drama skills.

This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: What is Bullying? Students are introduced to bullying through the exercise ‘A blind eye’ before using role play exploring how witnesses to bullying can report incidents to teachers.
  • Lesson 2: Forum Theatre. The class identify places where bullying occurs and devise a short scene in this setting using freeze frames, thought aloud and mime. Forum Theatre is used to help the victim work a way out of the situation.
  • Lesson 3: Bullying Rap. Opinions about bullying are examined and are used to devise a rap or dance for an anti-bullying video (backing tracks are included).
  • Lesson 4: Billy Bully. The class warms up using the prejudice exploring exercises ‘All Those’ and ‘Brown and Blue Eyes’. A fictional character called Billy is introduced and a scene exploring his issues is developed using a thought tunnel, thought aloud and Angel/Devil.
  • Lesson 5: Bullying News Report. A fictional newspaper report of a teenager driven to suicide by bullying is developed by groups into a TV news report using drama techniques including split scenes, slow motion and mime. News Theme music is included.
  • Lesson 6: Assessment Lesson. Groups perform their news report pieces for assessment and use their new understanding of bullying to write a policy on bullying for the school.

Supporting Materials include

  • 4 Pieces of Rap/Disco Music
  • Role on the Wall Sheet
  • Bullying News Report with New Theme Music
  • Additional resources are included in the Appendices

Additional resources are included in the Appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills Sheet
  • End of Unit Assessment Form

The document is supplied as a ZIP file containing a PDF file, readable on most computers, and 5 MP3 Music files.

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