Lesson 1 - Build a Friend

Learning what makes a good friend and why friends are important.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand how to form and maintain positive relationships

Statutory guidance

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.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event



Pupils needing extra support: Should use the Activity: How to build a friend worksheet as a scaffold.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should complete the extension activity in the main event.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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