Friendship resources for EYFS and primary
15 top friendship and empathy resources for primary and early years
With Anti-Bullying Week fast approaching (16 - 20 November), we’ve scoured the website to find a selection of engaging and thought-provoking resources on friendship, working together and promoting empathy in the classroom.
Early years resources
Get started with preparing a series of lessons on the themes of teamwork, friendship and keeping calm using this comprehensive five-week scheme of work. Encourage learners to think about how to deal with name-calling using this pictorial story presentation, which explores what happens when Squeak Mouse and Snappy Shark are mean to their animal friends. Furthermore, why not get pupils thinking about the difference between reporting and tale-telling with Big Bird, Elmo and Abby in this engaging Sesame Street episode? Print and laminate these colourful circle time cards to develop the emotional intelligence of your young learners, before asking them to add their own nice or nasty feeling to the jar in this visual activity.
Key stage 1 resources
Kick off with this dynamic assembly on friendship, which serves as a comprehensive introduction to building successful relationships and respecting peers. Scissors at the ready! Encourage creativity in the classroom by making friendship booklets using this handy template. Pupils can then fill in the pages with their own definition of friendship, and their thoughts on how to reconcile disagreements and maintain healthy relationships. This unique video about an unlikely bond between a dog and a dolphin would be a great addition to circle-time, prompting discussion on how friendships can be strong despite differences. Encourage learners to recognise how facial expressions and emotions correlate by playing this match-up PowerPoint game. Finally, brighten up your classroom while reminding students of ways in which they can address bullying with this eye-catching display (£2).
Key stage 2 resources
Perfect for a lesson on empathy, this resource pack contains a wealth of rapport-building games and exercises, as well as discussion starters on the values and meaning of friendship. Inspire pupils to appreciate their peers with this friendship flower activity, in which they can write a positive statement for each member of the class. Demonstrate the importance of teamwork and collaborative efforts with this selection of group based activities, that focuses on developing strong relationships. Raise awareness of the different types of bullying with these stimulating chat cards, which encourage students to consider how they might react in difficult situations. To wrap up, learners can fill in this colourful work booklet (£1), featuring cartoon monsters, to consolidate their understanding of the values of friendship.
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