Lesson 5: Friendship problems

Pupils develop their understanding that friendships can have problems but that these can be overcome

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand that friendships can have problems but we can overcome these

Statutory guidance

  • Respectful relationships: Children should know that there are practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Select a suitable problem for these children to ensure that they understand it. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to come up with a greater range of solutions and identify when they might need to involve an adult.

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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