Y3/4 Lesson 2 (Cycle B): Friendship issues and bullying

Learning that friendships may have problems but these can be resolved, and begin to understand the impact of bullying.

Learning objective

  • To understand that friendships have ups and downs and that problems can be resolved (Y3)
  • To begin to understand the impact of bullying (Y4)

Statutory guidance

Caring friendships (Year 3)

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.

Respectful relationships (Year 4)

Pupils should know that:

  • Different types of bullying (including cyber-bullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders (primarily reporting bullying to an adult) and how to get help.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Year 3

Pupils needing extra support: Can use the Activity: 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.

Year 4

Pupils needing extra support: Could be grouped together and have you or another adult work with them to discuss possible solutions and outcomes.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to also show what happens to the bully as well as to Lara in their role play.


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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