Friendship resources for EYFS and primary

Sian Evans
07th November 2017
Paper people holding hands to represent EYFS and primary friendship

Top lesson ideas and classroom activities to help young learners develop meaningful friendships

With Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November) coming up, there is no better time to discuss and reflect upon friendship, working together and promoting empathy in your classroom. That’s why we’ve selected some of the very best thought-provoking resources that the Tes community have to offer.

Early years resources

Get started with preparing a series of lessons on the themes of teamwork and keeping calm using this comprehensive five-week scheme of work. Alternatively, this easy-to-understand illustrated story is ideal for exploring and accepting difference.

Print and laminate these colourful circle time cards to develop the emotional intelligence of your pupils, before asking them to add their own nice or nasty feeling to the jar in this visual activity.


(SEAL) Getting On and Falling Out

This is a 5 week planning for the getting on and falling out theme of SEAL. This planning is done with reception (red set) in mind. I hope this can help someone.
By cfention

Daisy the Duck, a Story about Friendship

This is a story that I wrote and illustrated. It looks at the themes of friendship, acceptance and helping each other, and is a great story to read in class, use as part of a PSHE lesson or in an assembly. As teachers, we can never have enough books to read to our classes, right?
Please note, this resource is a PDF document.
By cassieborodenko

Circle Time Cards

These can be printed and laminated and used in circle times. One or all cards can be used at any time. I have used them with my class and they loved it. Any suggestions for other cards are gratefully received. - have added suggestions, thank you I think maybe people are having trouble with downloads because the font is Ginn Reception and is not on all comps? Apologies x (Aug 2013)
By v3884

Feelings jar

Write a list of feelings that are shown in the jar. Draw a jar of your own showing either nice or nasty feelings.
By lbrowne

KS1 resources

Kick off with this dynamic assembly on friendship, which serves as a comprehensive introduction to building successful relationships and respecting peers. Then, why not get creative in the classroom by making friendship booklets using this handy template?

This match-up game is perfect for encouraging learners to recognise the correlation between facial expressions and emotions. And, brighten up your classroom, while reminding students of ways in which they can address bullying, with this eye-catching display.


Assembly about Friendship for KS1 & KS2 primary

Download this 11 - Slide primary assembly PowerPoint from about friendship! This is a fantastic resource to use with Primary age children! Download this colourful PowerPoint to use in a KS1 or KS2 assembly or to use with PHSCE lessons. A great assembly resource for discussing friendship with primary children. If you like this PowerPoint visit for more great teaching resources.
By PrimaryWorks

Friendship Booklet

A KS1/2 complete, cut out and fold together Friendship Booklet.

By nhktfc

How am I feeling? Empathy and expression

A short powerpoint looking at facial expressions. How can you tell how someone is feeling by the expression they have on their face? If you can see by someone's expression that they are feeling sad, what could you do etc? Begin to empathise with them and put yourself in their shoes. What would you want someone to do if you&'re feeling sad? quite interesting what some of the younger children come out with and opens your eyes to what they are actually thinking.
By elasticbandy

Anti-Bullying Posters

This resource has just got a revamp for September 2017! It now contains over 15 posters! If you purchased this resource before, you can download again for FREE!
These can be used for No Bullying Week which is taking place this year between the 16th - 20th November. Display around school and/or use for discussing Anti-Bullying with your students.

Posters encourage students to 'SPEAK OUT', 'STAND UP' and 'STAND TOGETHER'.

If you require worksheets and writing activities, I have a BUMPER pack for Anti Bullying in my shop.
You can find it here -
By PollyPuddleduck

KS2 resources

Explore empathy with this resource pack, containing a wealth of rapport-building games and exercises on the meaning of friendship. From this, inspire pupils to appreciate their peers with this friendship flower activity, in which they write a positive statement for their classmates.

Demonstrate the importance of collaborative efforts with this selection of group based activities, focusing on developing strong relationships. To wrap up, learners can fill in this colourful work booklet, featuring cartoon monsters, to consolidate their understanding of the values of friendship.


Values of Friendship

Friendship - Looking at the 2012 Sporting Ambassadors Values Booklet and how they will pledge to live like an Olympian. Looking at courage, inspiration, equality, friendship, respect, determination and excellence.

By crossy 70

Friendship flower

I use this friendship flower in PSHCE lessons. Each child gets a flower and writes their name at the top. All children them move around the class and write something nice on other people's flower. It has to be about that person e.g. they helped me with my maths, they looked after me when I fell over.
By Nickybo

Friendship Games

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

FriendShip Skills: What Makes a Good Friend & Friendship Wrong Choices KS1 KS2 PSHE & SEAL Lesson

This beautiful lesson uses cute cartoon 'monsters' to engage children and teach them about what exactly makes a good friend and what behaviours friends don't like. Children will also develop: their awareness of how their actions affect others, their social and empathy skills and become more self-aware of their choices and the consequences that follow. This is all packaged in a fun and non-threatening way allowing children to be more receptive to the learning. Circle time or Q&A questions are included along with a suggested plenary activity. Designed for KS2 but suitable for KS1 as long as they can read and write.
By TheFutureTeacherFoundation

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