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Language and Communication Judge if behaviour is being a good friend  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will identify behaviours which are 'being a good friend' and those which are not, and give alternative behaviours.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Puppet role-play
  • Figures - finger puppets, figures cut from magazines, Playmobil (miniature world) figures etc.
  • Some short story scripts.
  1. Explain to the child that you are going to practise deciding if people are being good friends or not.
  2. Explain that they need to watch / help to act out the story and then you will talk about it.
  3. Act out one of the story scripts together.
  4. Have the child say if the characters (or one specific character) are being good friends or not, and why.
  5. Ask them what the characters could do differently.

This is a good activity for group work.

You could give the figures to the child / children, and let them generate their own story. Stop the action when a key behaviour occurs and discuss if it was being a good friend and why.

  • Puppets (optional)
  • Story scripts or requirements for what the story should be about.
  1. Explain to the children that they are going to make up their own play about being friends. Tell them that they need to make up a play showing people being good friends.
  2. Help them decide who is in their story and where it will take place (e.g. playground, park, someone's house). You may want to write this down.
  3. Let them present their play. You may want to give them an opportunity to practise first if appropriate (this depends on the children).
  4. Discuss what their character did to show they were being good friends.
  5. Repeat the activity, but ask the children to make a story about people not being good friends. In the discussion, ask what they should have done instead.
Friendship Diary
  • A small notebook.
  • A poster on 'how to be a good friend' - optional.
  • Pen.
  • Rewards - e.g. stickers or certificate.
  1. Explain to the child that they are going to keep a special diary, of how they are a good friend.
  2. Choose an appropriate time each day to spend 3-4 minutes setting up their 'Friendship mission' for the day - this could be at the beginning of the day, or just before a time where they need support, e.g. playtime.
  3. Help the child decide on a specific thing they are going to do to be a good friend today. Avoid vague statements such as 'be kind' and choose statements which can be measured, e.g. 'I will ask X if they want to play football at playtime', 'I will line up without pushing'. Write this in the diary for that day, and remind the child through the day.
  4. Near the end of the day (or of the specific session, e.g. playtime) evaluate with the child if they have completed their 'friendship mission'. If they have, they could earn a smiley face in their diary or some other reward. If they earn 5 in a week they could earn a small reward such as a special sticker, and could take the diary home to show their family.

If you have not already done this, you may want to brainstorm what sort of things a good friend will do. Make a poster that you can refer to for ideas.

Talking about what sort of things a good friend would not do will provide a contrast - you may want to make two posters.

This activity could also be carried out by playground supervisors, at the start and end of playtime.

You could write their 'friendship mission' down on a card or post-it note to remind the child throughout the day.

Friendship Awards
  • Small motivating stickers.
  1. Explain to the child that during this playtime / other activity they have one or more 'Friendship Awards' (stickers) to give to somebody.
  2. They need to watch out for somebody who is doing something that is being a good friend. The child should explain why they chose to give the award to that child.

This works best in less structured sessions, e.g. in the playground.

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