Lesson 2: Friendship skills

Exploring friendships and possible solutions to problems; learning that friendships can be stronger after an issue as happened.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To explore the ups and downs of friendships

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
  • 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: May benefit from being in the same group and being given a problem to respond to. Or working in a group with an adult to support them.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to give a couple of solutions to the problem including signposting to additional support.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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