Lucy Stevens is the SENCO of Berry Hill Primary School in Gloucestershire. She has been running Apple’s Friends with a Year 3 class since November 2016. Read our interview with her.
Bullying is not only horrible to experience, but research shows it can have long-term detrimental effects on mental health.
Involving families in Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends is a great way to help children to use their new skills outside the classroom.
The first modules of Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends focus on feelings. For young children, learning about feelings is a key skill that will help them to manage their emotions and ask for help when needed.
There are lots of things you can do to set the tone before your first Zippy class. Many schools add an extra session (session 0) to introduce the characters, the rules and show that Zippy classes will be different from other lessons.
Parents have told us they really notice a difference in their children when they take part in Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends. These stories from our international partners show what a positive impact our programmes can have for families:
Partnership for Children celebrate the enrolment of our one millionth child into Zippy’s Friends.
Zippy’s Friends helps young children to develop coping and social skills. But what about its impact on teachers?