Our work with elementary schools
Pyjama Drama Learning began life as a preschool company, but such was the demand from educators, we soon began working on internet safety resources for children in Kindergarten and grade 1 and, more recently, on a whole-school curriculum for children aged 5 – 11 called, "Stand Up and Act Out".
What is "Stand Up and Act Out"?
An anti-bullying curriculum using drama as the tool for learning. This curriculum supports a whole school approach. All students experience six, drama-based lessons each year that build knowledge and skills with a cumulative effect throughout elementary school in preparation for the next stage of their education. Students also experience additional, weekly drama games that can be played again and again throughout the year.
What is a "Stand Up School"?
A place where children respectfully stand up for each other if they see someone being teased, picked on or bullied, and where they regularly practise their stand up skills. A safe environment where children also learn how to stand up for themselves. A place where differences are recognized and celebrated, and where all stakeholders work together to nurture the inclusive ethos of their school, all year round.
What happens in lessons?
Each year, students ‘meet’ six different, fictional characters who are being teased, picked on or bullied (both on and offline) because of their real, or perceived, differences. Each lesson, they sing "The School Anthem", take part in discussions about difference, role play and play drama games.
- How to respectfully stand up for a classmate who is being teased, picked on or bullied because of real or perceived difference
- How to comfort a classmate who is being teased, picked on or bullied because of real or perceived difference
- How to stand up for themselves if they feel unsafe
- The difference between being teased, picked on or bullied, and when it is appropriate to talk to a trusted adult
- How to recognize talk about and celebrate differences both in their school and in the wider world
- About themselves and each other; how to manage emotions, show empathy, make responsible decisions and nurture positive relationships
- The ability to stand up for each other, in the safe and supportive environment of the classroom, with their classroom teacher
- Skills they can use both in and around school, and in their daily lives
- The key social and emotional skills vital for well-being and an inclusive, happy learning environment
*Differences explored: Culture and ethnicity, (dis)ability, family income, family structure, gender, language, physical features, race, religion, talents and preferences
Find out more about our unique curriculum by heading over to our sister site here, or get in touch to arrange a time to chat - we’re friendly, flexible and keen to work with individual schools to ensure an outstanding experience.
'Stand Up School' created in the USA by Pyjama Drama Learning and Dr Carrie Langer, Professor of Child Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University.