Suggested HWB Experiences & Outcomes

  • I understand there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances. HWB 1-03a
  • I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others. HWB 1-05a
  • I understand the positive things about friendships and relationships but when something worries or upsets me I know who I should talk to. HWB 1-44b
  • I know that there are people in our lives who care for and look after us and I am aware that people may be cared for by parents, carers or other adults. HWB 1-45a

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To know that family and friends are important to our health and wellbeing.
  • To understand the roles, rules and skills required to form and maintain good friendships.
  • To develop strategies to deal with some of the challenges of friendships and relationships.

Suggested Success Criteria (I can...)

  • Explain why friendships are important. HWB 1-05a
  • Describe and demonstrate the qualities of a good friend. HWB 1-05a/HWB 1-44b
  • Explain how to access support during difficult times, for example, when friendships break down. HW 1-03a/HWB 1-44b
  • Know that families come in many different forms. HWB 1-45a

Suggested Learning Experiences

  • Mindmap all the benefits of friendships eg, how if makes us feel and/or the qualities of a good friend. Reinforce that ‘qualities’ refers to personal attributes, rather than physical qualities.
  • Discuss what makes them a good friend – referring to special qualities and what makes them unique.
  • Complete a pretend application form, whereby children apply for the job of a ‘friend’ – this should allow children to think about what they are good at as well as their own personal qualities, skills and attributes.
  • Interview family members, older children etc about who their friends are and why.
  • Research the different kinds of roles that a carer can provide eg respite care, disability care, elderly care.
  • Explore friendships in the wider world through media such as film and television.Discuss/write on the subject of ‘If I could be friends with anybody I would choose...because...’.
  • Consider scenarios where friendships break down – discuss how they would resolve them and who they would approach for help.
  • Invite speakers in to discuss friendships in clubs e.g. Cub/Brownie leader, senior citizens group, youth group.
  • Circle time activities - based on friendship and relationships. ‘I feel happy when...’ My friend is important because...’
  • Discuss appropriate people to form friendships with and who they could talk to if they felt upset by any relationship.
  • Brainstorm different types of friendships – in families, with pets, at clubs, long distance. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of each.
  • Create a photo display of pupils with their friends. Discuss what is happening in pictures and how we can tell other people are friends – smiling, laughing, body language, sharing etc. Display a word bank of words and phrases to help describe the photos.
  • Virtual classroom activities created by HWB team at Alexander Peden