Y1/2 Lesson 3 (Cycle B): Friendships

Developing an understanding of the characteristics and importance of good, positive friendships.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the importance and characteristics of positive friendships and who I can speak to if I am unhappy.

Statutory guidance

  • Caring friendships: Pupils should know how important friendships are in making us feel happy and secure, and how people choose and make friends. (Y1)
  • Caring friendships: Pupils should know the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties. (Y1)
  • Caring friendships: Pupils should know how to recognise who to trust and who not to trust, how to judge when a friendship is making them feel unhappy or uncomfortable, managing conflict, how to manage these situations and how to seek help or advice from others, if needed. (Y2)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May require additional support to read the friendships cards.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to write down why they have chosen the order they have.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
RSE & PSHE specialist