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Lillian and Ana, P2, talk to Julia Belgutay about friendships

Lillian and Ana, P2, talk to Julia Belgutay about friendships

Ana: You need friends for playing.

Lillian: You get to play all different kinds, like mums and dads or other games.

Ana: Or teachers.

Lillian: I like about my friends that I get to go to their house and I get to see all their new toys.

Ana: That's what I like, too. You can find friends in the playground and at school.

Lillian: And you can find them if you say your name and the other person says her name or his name. They are definitely not going to be your friend, or you're not going to be their friend, if you want to speak to them and they walk away from you. If they're somewhere new, then you have to show them around and that might make them be your friend.

Ana: Yeah, that's what I think, too.

Lillian: They don't have to like the same things as you. Like making things and cutting out.

Ana: My brother is my friend, and I like cheese and he doesn't.

Lillian: I sometimes say no to my friends if they say "do you want to play with your scooter?", cos if my mum says I'm not allowed to do it then I don't.

Ana: That's what I think, too. But I usually go out with my bike cos I did cycle in the park today on my bike.

Lillian: Most of my friends I see in school. Or at parties.

Ana: Or in the park, maybe.

Lillian: Or sometimes I go to their houses. In school, I sit with them at lunchtime. But sometimes my friends say no, I don't want to sit next to you, because I'm sitting next to my other friends. And then I get a wee bit upset, but I find somebody else.

Ana: I don't, because all my friends sit beside me when they want to.

Lillian: I wouldn't be friends with people who punch you or hit you or knock you over. Or slap you.

Ana: But if they do it by accident, it doesn't matter and you don't need to tell.

Lillian: I think it's weird when people don't want to play with people, because they don't have toys or nice clothes. Because if they don't have the same toys as you, you can still speak to them. And if they really want to have your toy, you could give them like a figure of it to be very kind. Or they could borrow it, and if they don't bring it back keep asking them if they've still got it.

Ana: They need to take care of it, too.

Lillian: My friends and I might stay friends when we go to another school, but we might not, cos I might find it gets a wee bit boring and they start to be a wee bit nasty to me, and then I won't be their friend. But I think I will be friends with them. You can still be friends, even if you are not in the same class.

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