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No Kidding

Touring – Autumn 2017
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Key themes: English, SMSC, Anti-Bullying

No Kidding has been created to help improve the quality of children’s relationships with each other, exploring friendship, co-operation and bullying.

Taking part in No Kidding will enable children to:

  • Develop communication and social skills that contribute to greater assertiveness and self esteem
  • Explore the meaning and effects of bullying on others
  • Identify bullying behaviour and develop skills and strategies to resolve conflict

The drama introduces the children to two larger-than life entertainers, Billy and Bally. In the best traditions of clowning, they struggle to work and play. Amidst the slapstick and fun there is a serious lesson to be learnt about how we treat our friends. Bally is not being a good friend, in fact she is a bully and when Billy downs tools and leaves the act, the children take the lead in trying to resolve their problems

The Play House has a strong commitment to exploring SMSC themes through drama and No Kidding was devised with support from the NSPCC specifically for 5-7 year olds to explore themes of bullying and friendship.

Teachers have told us that the programme is a great classroom stimulus for developmental work in encouraging tolerance, sharing and assertiveness and discouraging inappropriate behaviour with their classes.

The resources and activities on this website offer excellent ideas for teachers for further discussion following the programme.

“Absolutely excellent. Supports our behaviour and anti-bullying policies. The children were engaged and focussed throughout and contributed excellent ideas.” Year 1 teacher, Kings Norton Primary

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