Stay in touch
Subscribe to get notified about special offers, product launches and news.
Need help? Call us on 0330 128 1314
Login to my account
Enter your e-mail and password:
New customer? Create your account
Lost password? Recover password
Enter your email:
Remembered your password? Back to login
Create my account
Please fill in the information below:
Already have an account? Login here
Spend £50.00 more and get free delivery!
Your basket is empty
8 Friendship Activities for Primary School
Friendship is a necessary skill that children need to learn and cultivate. Although making friends might start off naturally, over time children will be required to listen, share, encourage, and support one another. The friendships that we are able to build as adults are all based on what we learned as children about making and keeping friends.
The UK Government requires children to recognise the understand the values of healthy positive friendships and how to respect and trust one another. Friendship skills are included in the PSHE curriculum to help children think about ways they can form meaningful connections with those around them. Beyond becoming a functioning member of society, friendship skills are also important for happiness, confidence, and wellbeing. Here are some activities that help primary school children understand friendship.
1. Create a good friend guide
One of the best ways to learn is by teaching. This activity will get children thinking about what they interpret as good and bad friend behaviour. You could carry out the activity as a group by writing headers on the board for ‘good friend behaviour’ and ‘bad friend behaviour’ and having the children contribute ideas like ‘sharing toys at playtime’ or ‘listening to worries’. Alternatively and out templates and have each child make their own guide to be compared at the end. A desktop easel is great for activities like this, allowing children to write up their ideas together in small groups so that everyone can see.
2. Organise a scavenger hunt
Get children to pair up for this activity which will help them build confidence and teamwork skills. Arrange a scavenger hunt around the classroom or the playground and send the pairs of students off to collect all the answers. You could use this as an opportunity to reflect on other topics the children are learning by choosing a relevant theme for the questions in the hunt. Get the children excited about the scavenger hunt by handing out equipment like magnifying glasses and. These will give them opportunities to practice sharing. Scavenger hunts are a great end of year activity that helps kids expel some of that end of year energy while you focus on tidying up loose ends before the summer holidays.
3. Emotions game
Use tokens with different facial expressions on them (these Jumbo Emotion Stones are ideal) and put them together in a bag. Get the children to sit in a circle and pass the bag around. When the bag is passed to each child have them take out a token without looking and then identify the emotion shown. Ask the child to think of something a friend could do that would make them feel that way. In doing this you will help children to imagine certain situations and how they might affect other people. Conclude each round by having everyone think of something they would do if their friend felt this way. For example, ‘I would be angry if my friend didn’t share snacks’, then the conclusion could be ‘I would ask my friend why they were angry and then apologise’.
4. Make friendship bracelets and bag tags
Let children get crafty and create something for each other. Bring in materials to help them create their own friendship bracelets, key fobs, and bag tags to give to someone they are friends with. There’s no pressure to swap these in class, let the children know they can take their creations home for someone special outside of school if they want to.
Find a wide selection of school art and design supplies on our website, including coloured elastic to use as the base for each of these creations.
5. Circle time activities
Circle time is essential in early years and early primary school as it provides children with highly social communication opportunities and allows them to discuss and play out ideas and learnings together. Circle time also gives teachers the chance to speak to children on their level and solve problems together as a team. Consider including a short activity in circle time that addresses friendship every day, even if that is as simple as discussing a hypothetical scenario and what the children think they would do to help their friends.
6. Co-write a story, or draw a scene
Pair students off to put their heads together and come up with a story together. Thoughtfully pairing up a more advanced literate student with someone who needs a bit of extra support to encourage helpfulness and confidence. Make this into a fun library activity by giving each pair a topic or setting for their story that they have to research together. Provide each pair with a plain exercise book to write their story up or give them flashcards to write each section on. If the children are too young to write a story of their own, you could read them a story and have each pair draw a scene from the tale.
7. Red Rover
This is an energetic and active game that will have kids running around and laughing. If you’re leading PE or games outdoors, Red Rover is a perfect game to break the ice, get children to know each other’s names, and build confidence. Have the children split into two groups with each group forming a link with arms interlinked. Each group takes a turn to call on a player (Red Rover, Red Rover, send __ over!) from the other group to run over and try to break the line. If they are successful they ‘capture’ the two players who broke the line. If he’s not successful he joins the team.
8. Blindfolded obstacle course
On the surface, this sounds like a trip to the nurse, but if played correctly it shouldn’t end up with any injuries! Set out an ‘obstacle course’ on the playing field made up of space markers , you could create a wiggly pathway for example. Elect one child to go through the obstacle course and blindfold them. Then call on the rest of the students to guide their classmate through the wiggly path without crossing or touching any of the space markers.
Leave a comment
All comments are moderated before being published
No spam, unsubscribe any time!
Free Delivery over £50
no minimum order value
Purchase Orders accepted
send by email or fax
Here to Help
by phone, email and live chat
100% Secure payments
including PayPal and Apple Pay
- Opens in a new window.
Login Logout My Orders Wishlist Buy Credit
Your basket is empty.
- Free Resources
- Purchase Orders & Credit
- Debbie’s Hive
Home › Resources › Friendship and Social Skills Lower KS2 – Item 102
Friendship and Social Skills Lower KS2 – Item 102
This resource is included in Friendship and Social Skills WHOLE SCHOOL intervention – Item 104 - take a look and see how much you could save when buying this bundle!
Add to wishlist
This is a downloadable resource - once purchased, it will be available for you to download.
A six week friendship and social skills lower KS2 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.
- I can co-operate and be part of a group
- I know how to give and receive a compliment
- I can understand the difference between a fact and an opinion
- I can discuss in a group what friendship means to me
- I can solve a conflict peacefully
- I can understand what it means to be a good sport
Included in the friendship and social skills lower KS2 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)
- Circle-time rules
- Teacher assessment
- Emotions vocabulary (emotion words in alphabetical order)
- Speech bubbles
- Good choice/Bad choice flash cards
- Fact or opinion sheets
- What is friendship (reduce the word)
- Traffic lights
- Conflict bookmarks
- Sportsmanship cards (18 cards with scenarios around being a good sport)
Read more testimonials ›
Other Resources you will love!
Friendship and Social Skills EYFS Intervention – Item 100
A six week friendship and social skills eyfs intervention suitable for any member of support staff to deliver. The lessons have been written in detail…
Friendship and Social Skills KS1 Intervention – Item 101
A six week Friendship and social skills KS1 intervention suitable for any member of support staff to deliver. The lessons have been written in detail…
Friendship and Social Skills Upper KS2 – Item 103
A six week friendship and social skills Upper KS2 intervention suitable for any member of support staff to deliver. The lessons have been written in…
Friendship and Social Skills WHOLE SCHOOL intervention – Item 104
This is the Friendship and Social Skills Whole School intervention. A bundle of 4 interventions aimed to address each year group in school. It can…
Your basket is empty
Resources by Category
- All about me
- Bereavement and loss
- Circle time
- Display Resources
- Editable templates
- General Resources
- Managing strong feelings
- Nurture group resources
- Online/Virtual Learning
- Printed Resources
- Secondary Resources
- SEN Toolkit
- Social Skills
- Thinking skills
About Elsa Support
Information for Customers
- Purchase Orders & Advanced Credit
- Terms & Conditions
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.
Copyright 2023 Elsa-Support Ltd.
Website by Rocket Sites .
Lost your password?
Purchase Advanced Credit
Choose the value of credit you would like to purchase. Note that the minimum purchase is £10.00
If you would like to purchase an amount not shown, click on Other amount and enter your required amount in the box that appears.