Lesson 3: Managing friendships

Learning to recognise how other people might be thinking and what emotions might look like on the outside.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise how others show feelings in different ways and how to respond

Statutory guidance

Caring friendships:

  • that healthy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded.

Respectful relationships

  • 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: Put together in a group to work with you or another adult to support them with the ability to  think how the characters would be feeling, rather than how they themselves feel.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should use a range of vocabulary to describe emotions and should be able to explain how someone else is feeling through empathising with them.

Challenge them to add a speech bubble to each character to show what they might say as a result of what they are feeling.


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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