Friendship resources for EYFS and primary

Sian Evans
17th October 2018
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 (12-16 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.

EYFS resources

(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

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

Friendship and Social Skills KS1 Intervention

A six week intervention suitable for any member of support staff to deliver. The lessons have been written in detail for ease of delivery. This is a general intervention which addresses emotions, social skills, relaxation and self-esteem. Aimed at KS1 but could be also be used in Year 3 or 4

Learning objectives:

Lesson 1
I can co-operate and be part of a group
Lesson 2
I can tell you what it means to be caring and can think of some ways to be caring towards others
Lesson 3
I can talk to my friends and find out some things that we have in common
Lesson 4
I can understand what personal space is
Lesson 5
I can understand what it means to hurt someone’s feelings and how to make them feel better
Lesson 6
I can tell you what being a good friend means to me
Included in the pack:

Planning booklet (6 lessons)
Warm-up games for circle-time booklet (57 circle-time games)
Relaxation and calming down strategies booklet (20 relaxation exercises)
Emotion wheels (7 emotions plus ‘something else’ for the child to think of some other emotion not included in the wheel)
Assessment wheels
Circle-time rules
Teacher assessment
Emotions vocabulary (emotion words in alphabetical order)
Good choice/Bad choice flash cards
Personal space cards (18 cards with scenarios around personal space)
Sophie gets upset story
Heart template
Friendship scenario cards (18 cards with friendship scenarios)

You will also need some sticking plasters, and some paper chain links

By Elsasupport

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

Anti-bullying Week - What is Bullying?

This worksheet includes 10 questions that are all related to bullying. Students read the questions and answer them in their own words. This worksheet was created by
By Primary Leap

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

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

PSHE Staying Friends

An 18 page workbook suitable for KS1/2 on conflict with peers. This could be given as an individual workbook or used with groups for differentation. It would also be good as a starter for World Conflict Issues.
Definition of conflict
Describe a conflict they have had with someone in the past.
How did they resolve the conflict?
Why is it important to talk and listen to others?
Ways to resolve conflict.
Fun Activity Conflict in Fairytales.
I have also included a powerpoint presentation
By teachercellar

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