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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/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level: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.
Friendship Diary
  • A small notebook.
  • A poster on 'how to be a good friend' - optional.
  • Pen.
  • Rewards - e.g. stickers or certificate.

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.

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


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