Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.
This half term, we’ll take a walk around our school to find out about the adults who work there and their workspaces, taking photos as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll upload and print our photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. Working together, we’ll create friendship scenarios using Jelly Babies at the ‘Jelly Babies playground’, and we’ll create a ‘Class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves.
We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession?
In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other.
In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends.
Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree. At the end of the project, we’ll write a thank you letter to someone who helps us at home. We’ll also make and bake salt dough hearts to present to a loved one.
Help your child prepare for their project!
Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different coloured lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’. Which possessions couldn’t you cope without?
Alternatively, invite friends round for a get-together and discuss memories of happy experiences you have shared.
Areas of learning
Communication and language
Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking
Moving and handling; Health and self-care Personal, social and emotional development
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships
Literacy, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Numbers
Shape, space and measures