Massive 2016 Getting on and falling out primary resource compendium

Here we have first some new planning additions to the members’ resources area of the website. We have some Y4 medium term SEAL planning from Jo Taylor, and from Fred Daynes (thank you Fred) PowerPoints of the Y4 and 5 Getting on lessons from the national resources.

For work on friendship, for the Foundation Stage we have a PowerPoint about how to be a SuperFriend, and a set of Reception/KS1 cards for children to fill in after the class have read Tony Ross’ I want a friend (uploaded by Angela Scrivens – thank you!)

For KS2, try the fun Friendship Bingo from Louise Ainsworth. Just a reminder, too, of what is still the best ever film about friendship despite differences - The dog and the dolphin.

We’ve uploaded below some nice KS1 and early KS2 teaching ideas that would be perfect for work on falling out/making up, and forgiveness. They come from Floreat’s Character programme - many thanks, Floreat. We also have a ‘random acts of kindness’ lesson plan uploaded by Deborah Jenkins (you are a star, Deborah) which works particularly well if there are tensions between pupils in your class. You might want to use it with a lovely film about children’s random acts of kindness in Bristol

Moving on to empathy, you’ll find below an upper KS2 What is empathy lesson which helps children understand what empathy means. It includes a brilliant short You Tube film, New Boy, based on a story by Roddy Boyle. Beware though – ne of the children at one point uses the word f—cking so you might need to do some clever editing.

From Floreat Education’s Character programme again, try this Optical Illusions Empathy Activity. It is suggested for Year 1 but could be used at any age. It aims to help children understand perspective-taking - that different people can see the same thing in different ways. Show pupils the optical illusions on the PowerPoint Floreat Empathy and Perspective at Give pupils time to study each image. Encourage pupils to use the sentence stems on the slides to tell their Perfect Partner what they can see in a full sentence using the word ‘perspective’. Ask some pupils to share their ideas with the class. It is likely the children will have different interpretations. Use this opportunity to explain that different people can see things differently. Encourage pupils to help each other to see the part of the picture they had overlooked in order to see it from a different perspective. Talk about how this can be really difficult to do, and sometimes you need to ask the other person lots of questions to try to work out exactly what things look like from their perspective. This shows the other person that you are really trying to understand their way of seeing things. Give pupils an opportunity to view the image again by working through the PowerPoint. This time encourage them to use to use the sentence stem ‘From a different perspective I can see …’ so pupils have an opportunity to explain the alternative viewpoint.

The Getting on and falling out theme covers work on anger. You can show the class this four minute film about how it feels to be angry and how to calm down The first half of this film shows children talking about how anger makes them feel; the second is about their strategies for calming down. You can discuss with the children what those in the film say they do to calm down, and whether they do any of these things, or something else. Then, as in the film, take a bottle and fill it with water and glitter. Remind the children that they can use their judgement and choose to behave calmly in any situation – even when they feel angry inside. Shake the bottle hard and then place it down where pupils can see it. Play relaxing music as children practice taking a deep breath in and feeling their anger slip away as they breathe out again. To go with this lesson, try this short mindfulness film about breathing to keep calm

If you are using the brilliant Angry Arthur book, check out this nice animation at

Finally, uploaded below you will find a nice ‘Using anger well’ primary PowerPoint from Katie Jump which focuses on how anger can be used positively.

Moving on to working together in groups, try the fun film Crabs versus ants versus penguins, about the power of working in a group We also have a lesson plan uploaded below for a nice outdoor activity on teamwork skills. Created for Year 4, it would also work for other KS2 year groups. It was uploaded by Nicola Goscomb – thank you, Nicola. Lastly, for understanding differences we have some role play scenarios which enable children to explore the nature and consequences of discrimination, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours (including cyber bullying and use of prejudice-based language) and how to respond and ask for help. They were created by Sue Brown- thank you, Sue.

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