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Celebrate friends and friendship with this lesson for primary learners.

Katherine Bilsborough

The United Nations declared 30 July as the International Day of Friendship with the idea that 'friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.'

In this lesson pupils celebrate friendship. First, learners are introduced to the topic of friendship through simple drawings. Then they join in a teacher-led discussion about what makes a good friend. They do a wordsearch to find keywords and use these to complete a gap-fill text about what makes a good friend. Finally, learners work in groups, using the ideas from the lesson to make classroom posters celebrating friendship.


  • To develop speaking and reading skills
  • To teach learners about the importance of friendship
  • To encourage learners to use English creatively
  • To celebrate the International Day of Friendship

Age group



CEFR level A1+


50–60 minutes over one or two lessons


The lesson plan and worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need:

  • large sheets of paper or card
  • colour pencils or crayons
Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 1