Mixed-age Y3/4 Lesson 6 (Cycle A): Healthy friendships - boundaries

Understanding the physical and emotional boundaries in friendships, including relationships in a digital context.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the physical and emotional boundaries in friendships

Statutory guidance

  • That healthy friendships are positive and welcoming towards others, and do not make others feel lonely or excluded. 
  • The importance of permission-seeking and giving in relationships with friends, peers and adults.
  • What sorts of boundaries are appropriate in friendships with peers and others (including in a digital context).

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could be grouped together for the activity, and have any available adults work with them. You may also want to provide them with the Activity: How do we expect our friends to behave? so they can sort the expectations and then add any extras that they can think of.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to phrase all their expectations as positive statements.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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