Raising awareness of anti bullying week. KS1 and KS2 were involved in an Anti Bullying Workshop. KS1 watched a puppet show which taught them how to be kind to people. KS2 watched a performance showing the real life experiences of a child being bullied and the affects it had. They also discussed what to do if they were being bullied and were encouraged to talk to a trusted adult. There are lots of posters around school to help children with this. On Tuesday 13th November we held an odd sock day to celebrate being unique and different. Thank you for sharing Anti-bullying week with us!
WHO IS TARGETED?
ANYONE! The sad truth is that anyone can become a victim of hate crime. Most hate crime takes place because the attacker sees the victim as ‘different’ to them and cannot accept that person’s differences. To prevent this we can accept each other for who we are and celebrate our differences.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF HATE CRIME
· Ethnicity or race
· Disability, including mental health and learning disabilities
· Sexual orientation
· Gender identity
· Religion or beliefs
· Age, gender, marital, or pregnancy status
HOW TO SPOT HATE CRIME
· A physical attack like hitting
· Name calling or bad gestures
· Threats, harassment, or intimidation
· Damage to property
· Nasty letters, emails, texts, phone calls or social media messages.
· Mate crime - where vulnerable people are befriended and then exploited.
WHAT TO DO?
As you now know hate crime can happen to anyone, it can happen to you or someone you know or even a stranger. If you become a victim to hate crime, or you witness someone else experiencing hate crime you must report it! Reports show that more people than ever are reporting hate crimes. There were 62,518 reported offences in 2015-2016 compared to a high rise of 80,392 reported offences in 2017– 2018 UK. This shows that people are reporting hate crime more than ever but there is still hate crime that isn't being reported. Keep reading to see how you can report hate crime.
HOW TO REPORT HATE CRIME?
Non emergency: 101
There are a number of reasons why a victim may not want to report a hate crime / hate incident to the police. Third party reporting is an alternative way for them to make a report. A report can be made anonymously if preferred:
True Vision: http:report-it.org.uk/home
Stop Hate UK: http://www.stophateuk.org/
HATE CRIME AWARENESS BOX
(in partnership with the Devon and Cronwall police)
The children took part in an assembly all about hate crime and how to show tolerance and respect of people with different faiths and beliefs to our own. Children were taught how to spot hate crime, what to do if they are a victim of hate crime or witness it happening and how to report it. The Hate Crime Awareness box in the library was used for children to put in hate crime awareness posters, ask questions on post it notes, give advice and write down any good and bad experiences. These responses along with photographs have been sent to Devon and Cornwall Police. If you would like more information on Hate Crime, go to: www.stophateuk.org/hate-crime-awareness-week/ to find out more.
As part of our learning about Democracy, and in preparation for Local Government week next week, we were very lucky to have the local MP Kevin Foster visit us and talk to us about his role as an MP. We wanted to know lots of things about him such as had he always wanted to be an MP, what it was like inside the Houses of Parliament and if he agreed with the Brexit decision? It was great to hear about Kevin's life - hopefully it has inspired some of our children to take up a career in politics!
Democracy in Year and 4
During our Year 3 and 4 assemblies, we have been focusing on democracy. We have investigated what it is like to live in a democratic society and considered what life would be like if we didn't. In light of the General Election on Thursday 8th June, today we held our own election. We had to vote for which story we wanted to read. After listening really carefully to the arguments for and against both stories, we voted on our own ballot papers by placing a cross against which story we thought we would like. The verdict.....we'll have to wait until the votes are counted!