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Janine Amos
Evans Publishing Group 2005, ISBN 1842343033
– Good manners make life pleasant for us all. They show that we care about other people and their needs. This book is one of a series which shows children the effects of good and bad manners, and help them learn why we should all respect other people, their privacy and their property.

Janine Amos
Evans Publishing Group 2005, ISBN 1842343041
– Editions of each title in this series contain two stories, each one clearly illustrating the effects of good and bad manners. All stories are set in familiar surroundings making it easy for young children to relate to them.

Feeling Good: Self Esteem in the Classroom Wetton & Cansell, Forbes Pub.

Let’s Mediate: Conflict Resolution in the Classroom Hilary Stacey, Catalyst Consultancy (01926) 882110

Bullying in School D Tatum and DA Lane Trentham Books

Fiction Books for Key Stage 1 Children

My Friend Bear Jez Alborough
Walker Books 2004, ISBN 1844284794

– Eddy and the Bear are both feeling sad. They both wish they had a friend to talk to. All they’ve got are their teddies, and teddies can’t talk. Or can they?

Misery Moo Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross
Andersen Press 2006, ISBN 1842705261
– This is another in the series of endearing tales about the well-loved Frog. Here, Frog wakes up one morning on the verge of tears without really knowing why. His friends try to cheer him up with amusing antics – dancing, walking on their hands, balancing balls on their nose – to no avail. Only when Rat plays beautiful music on his violin, and Frog cries his eyes out, is he able to sing and dance once more, to the great relief of all his friends. He still has no explanation for his mood. Sad? ‘I just was!’ he says.

David Lucas
Andersen Press 2005, ISBN 1842703714
– Halibut Jackson is a very shy person. He prefers not to be noticed at all. So he makes himself clothing to match his surroundings. His library suit has a striped look to it to match the shelves. But when he is invited to a party at the Palace, he is flummoxed – what does it look like in the palace? At last, having researched hard, and sewn quickly, he is ready: only to discover when he gets there that the party is a garden party. A suit of silver and gold, covered in jewels, is definitely going to get noticed. But everyone admires it tremendously!

Janine Amos
Evans Publishing Group 2005 ISBN 184234305X
– Editions of each title in this series contain two stories, each one clearly illustrating the effects of good and bad manners. All stories are set in familiar surroundings making it easy for young children to relate to them.

Anna Currey
Oxford University Press 2004, ISBN 0192725343
– Jasper has everything a rhinoceros could want. And Jasper sees no reason why he should share his things with anyone else. Until one day an elephant comes along who is even more selfish, and Jasper finally gets a taste of his own medicine. A charming story, which delivers its message gently and with warmth and humour.

Trevor Dickinson
Orchard Books 2004, ISBN 1843623587
– Kitty Princess likes to think that she’s the prettiest cat in town, but really she is the rudest. She shouts and doesn’t even say ‘please’ or thank you!!! So how far will Fairy Godmouse manage to teach Kitty to be polite in time for Prince Quince’s grand ball? Australian Author.

Emma Chichester Clark
Andersen Press 2004, ISBN 1842704702
– Mimi loves her cousin Momo but he teases her all the time and she doesn’t like it. When Grandma finds out about it she and Mimi make a cunning plan – and soon Momo realises that teasing isn’t such a good idea. He and Mimi end up better friends than ever!

Cave, Kathryn Something Else
Puffin New Ed edition (25 May 1995), ISBN-13: 978-0140549072

We are Best Friends Aliki, Bodley Head
Feelings Aliki, Bodley Head
The Bad Tempered Ladybird E Carte, Puffin
Little Red Hen M Zemach, Picture Puffin
Let’s be Friends Again H. Wilhelm, Picture Knight
Talking it Through .No More Bullying. R. Stones, Happy Cat Books
All About You .Who Are Your Friends. J. Powell, Wayland
I Hate Roland Roberts M. Selway, Red Fox
Good & Bad Series (Selfish & Moody) J. Amos, Cherry Tree Books
Feelings: Sad J. Amos, Cherry Tree Books
Growing Up: Sharing J. Amos, Cherry Tree Books
Let’s Talk About: Feeling Safe P. Sanders, Franklin Watts
Feeling Happy, Feeling Safe M. Eliot, Hodder & Stoughton
You and Me: The Bullies Althea
All The Colours of the Earth S. Hamanaka


– A useful signpost for all children some of the information may be a little old for KS1
– A generic preventing bullying website useful for teachers but there is a children’s section within it


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Performed by Juliet Fry & Naomi Cooper

Originally devised by Hugh James and Iain Smith
Original resource pack written by Helen Blackmore and Iain Smith

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Aims & Outcomes


To use dynamic participatory drama techniques and humour to enable children to develop positive relationships.


The programme will enable children to:

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

The website resources do not provide solutions. Rather it offers ideas, practical exercises and games emphasising positive interaction and increasing self awareness and esteem which can be used as starting points for further discussion following the No Kidding programme.


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Programme Outline

The children enter the hall where they are greeted by Bally and Billy,  “children’s entertainers”, who seat them at one end of the hall.

The children then watch a short piece of performance in which it becomes clear that Bally is the dominant character in the duo. Bally constantly gets laughs at the expense of the down-trodden Billy.

Bally then runs a participatory game; this is a competitive game resulting in elimination. The winner of the game is given three cheers by the rest of the class.

Billy then runs a co-operative game but Bally doesn’t understand games like this. Who is the winner?

Bally continues to ridicule Billy with name-calling and practical jokes. The children are encouraged by Bally to join in with the taunting. As a result of this behaviour Billy says that he’s had enough and leaves. This utterly surprises and then embarrasses Bally because Bally cannot continue the show without the other half of the team.

In two groups the pupils work with the characters to explore the inequalities within their friendship. They make suggestions to help them both change their behaviour in order to sustain their relationship.

Billy accepts Bally’s apologies (and other suggestions from the class).  The apology is only accepted on the condition that Billy is able to demonstrate a marvelous magic trick. Bally is both surprised and impressed –and wants to learn some magic too. For the first time the children see Bally and Billy working cooperatively.

The performance finishes with Bally and Billy working together to clear up and get ready to leave.

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