FRIENDSHIP- This workshop will explore the concept of friendship and the importance of making friends for developing a sense of belonging and a sense of self. 


Students will be able to:

  1. Discuss their thoughts and opinions on the theme (friendship) with other students

  2. Select and synthesise key information from an aural text

  3. Use the information they have learned to create a text on the theme

  4. Increase their knowledge of diverse cultures

  5. Consider the part they can play in global justice

  6. Consider and strengthen their understanding of global justice and solidarity


1st Year English > Theme: Friendship

  • Key skill: Working with others

  • Key skill element: Contributing to making the world a better place

  • Learning Outcomes: R3, W4

  • R3: Use a wide range of reading comprehension strategies appropriate to texts, including digital texts: to retrieve information; to link to previous knowledge, follow a process or argument, summarise, link main ideas; to monitor their own understanding; to question, analyse, synthesise and evaluate

  • W4: Write competently in a range of text forms, for example letter, report, multi-modal text, review, blog, using appropriate vocabulary, tone and a variety of styles to achieve a chosen purpose for different audiences




Watch Natasha's video above. Ask students to think about what Natasha would be like to have as friend.


What qualities does she have that would make her a good friend?

What similarities does she have with yourself or your friends? 

What differences might she have to you? 

Would those differences have an impact on your relationship?


Students will now watch the video about A Muslim and Jewish girl who are friends (A Muslim and a Jewish Girl’s Bold Slam Poetry). As they listen they will note down the things that are different about the two girls and things that they have in common with each other.

Students will respond to the video by discussing 

Does difference or sameness matter in a friendship? why/why not?

Differences can divide people, but it can also bring us together like in the video. What can we do to overcome difference?

How can we support our friends if they are the subject of an injustice?

Why is it important to stand up for others?

How can we do this effectively and safely?


Share with the children the poster on Convention of the Rights of the Child. Ask them to determine which rights are significant to the topic they have been discussing. 

Article 15 (Freedom of association) You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others. 

Article 29 (Goals of education): Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities to the fullest. It should also help you to respect others, human rights and you own and other cultures. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. 


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