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Getting along and understanding changing friendships.

This topic explores friendships: their importance, what being a good friend means, and how to keep friendships positive and healthy. Pupils investigate their own values and identity (including their online identity), and develop skills to resolve difficulties within friendships, including maintaining and respecting personal boundaries and safe touch, managing peer pressure and the effects on friendships of change.

Each year group has a starter video, followed by three lessons. A lesson contains a lesson plan, presentation and worksheet(s) for classroom activities. Download the progression grid »

Year 1: Making friends and getting along

  • Friends
  • Kindness
  • Getting along, sharing and turn-taking

Year 2: What makes a happy friendship

  • What makes a happy friendship?
  • Personal boundaries
  • Worries

Year 3: Being a good friend

  • What makes a good friend?
  • Personal space
  • Resilience

Year 4: Solving friendship difficulties

  • Qualities of a good friend
  • Solving friendship difficulties
  • Personal boundaries and permission

Year 5: Changing friendships

  • Identity
  • Peer pressure
  • Emotional health and well-being

Year 6: Relationships and feelings

  • Personal safety
  • Relationships and change
  • Wider emotions

Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, but teachers can extend or develop learning across more lessons if this is appropriate. It is recommended that schools timetable at least one lesson a week for each year group.

Explore our years 1-6 programme topics

Each topic contains age-appropriate content that increases in complexity and maturity through the year groups, allowing pupils to build on their skills and understanding each year.

Confidently deliver the new curriculum requirements 

Discovery Education Health and Relationships covers the statutory requirements for teaching primary Health Education and Relationships Education from September 2020. It contains lessons for teaching all aspects of the guidelines, including the non-statutory aspects. View the programme progression.