Building positive relationships at primary

Help to develop children's personal and social capabilities on International Frienship Day with this selection of games, worksheets and lessons
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Give pupils the tools to build successful relationships and get along with one another using these hand-picked resources

Enabling children to develop their personal and social capability is essential. Not only does it help them to build self-esteem and a sense of personal identity, but it is also key to establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with others. And with International Friendship Day just around the corner, what better time to encourage pupils to consider their interactions with others?

From energising games to thought-provoking worksheets, we’ve picked some of our favourite resources to help your students recognise emotions, develop empathy and get along with their peers. After all, everybody gets by with a little help from their friends.

Friendship and empathy

Introduce children to the notion of friendship and encourage them to reflect upon their own social interactions with this colourful assembly. Then further establish the qualities and behaviours of a good friend by getting them to annotate monsters who are setting a bad example in this comprehensive lesson.

Empathy is a core component for developing positive relationships. Introduce pupils to the link between facial expressions and emotions with this stimulating presentation, before challenging them to act out a variety of feelings with emotion charades.

Emotion charades - Emotional Intelligence

Emotion charades - Emotional Intelligence

This resource is perfect for learning about emotions in a fun and exciting way. Charades is an old game that most people have played at some time. However with this game the acting is based around emotions. Children pick an emotion card and must make the facial expression or act out a scenario witho...

Working together and getting along

Develop speaking, listening, and co-operation skills with this conversation board game, which prompts pupils to consider their own responses in emotional or social situations. Alternatively, encourage your class to work together in this selection of friendship games, designed to highlight the importance of teamwork.

Even the best of friends argue from time to time, so help learners create a win-win situation in the face of conflict with these alternative solution sheets.

Friendship Games

Friendship Games

Have a look at Act On Info's games based around building friendships, developing good relationships and the importance of teamwork.