Lesson 2: What are friendships?

Developing an understanding of the characteristics and importance of good, positive friendships

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the importance and characteristics of positive friendships

Statutory guidance

  • Caring friendships >Pupils should know how important friendships are in making us feel happy and secure, and how people choose and make friends.
  • Caring friendships> Pupils should know the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May require additional support to read the friendships cards.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to write down why they have chosen the order they have.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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