Lesson 2: Friendship conflict

Learning that friendships may have problems but these can be resolved.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

To understand that friendships have ups and downs and that problems can be resolved.

Statutory guidance

Caring friendships

Pupils should know that:

  • Most friendships have ups and downs, and that these can often be worked through so that the friendship is repaired or even strengthened, and that resorting to violence is never right.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: can use the Problem page letters support version which offers a writing structure to support them with their responses.


Pupils working at greater depth: Give a more in depth response to the letters including getting the problem setter to think about how their friend might be feeling.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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