Against Bullying

“Bully doesn’t have a kind word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he’s been taught: Chicken! Slow poke! You stink!” (Macmillan Publisher) look inside. BULLY works with primary learners of all ages. Watch our videos for all our teaching ideas.

Peritextual features
Front cover: Talk about the colour red – what does it mean to children;
compare ‘bull’ and ‘bully’
Back cover: Blurbs can be read as an introduction to the story
Prologue image: First read aloud, show the children and read the speech bubble. Repeated Read alouds ask children to think about what is happening here.

Teacher education
Linking images to meaning to support language teachers


Visual and Emotional: Reading facial expressions and body language and recognising how feelings and emotions change
Learning: Reflecting and giving personal response; predicting, self-assessing
Film: Planning a book trailer

Book Trailer 


Notes from the classroom
Understanding words that hurt and what damage mean words can have;
Reading body language;
Performing dialogues – working with stress and intonation

Additional Suggestions

Below you will find some more recommendations linked to the theme of picturebooks against bullying. We have indicated if we think the picturebook is suitable for Younger Primary Learners [YPL], Older Primary Learners [OPL] or All Primary Learners [APL]. We have also linked suitable teaching resources.


Teaching Activities