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Programme 9: Friends - An Anthology, 20th November

SELB code: RF 0329 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

In today's anthology programme, the theme of friendship is examined in poetry, prose and music. The pleasant and reassuring aspect of friendship are explored, but so to are the downsides, the uncertainties, the disagreements and the need to make up again.Click to Print PDF Worksheets
Source Material:
Poem: Best Friends, by Sue Palmer, from Choice Education pub. Scholastic
Extract: Herbie Whistle and the Blackberries, by Martin Waddell, pub. Young Puffin ISBN 0-1403-4629-5.
Extract: The Great Aunt Izzy Disaster, by Denny Robson, pub. Simon & Schuster Young Books 1980.
Poem: It's a Puzzle, Ed. Brian Patten, from Young Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry pub. Penguin 1999.
Extract: Taking Care of Carruthers, by James Marshall, pub. Young Lion
Poem: Friendship, by Sam McBratney, by kind permission of the author
Extract: The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak, by Margaret Mahy, pub. Puffin 1985
Poem: Two Infants by Fred Sedgwick from School and Family Poems, selected by Wendy Body, pub. Pelican Big Books, Longman 1998.

Before The Programme:
  • Open a discussion about friends; best friends, close friends, family friends, old and new friends.
  • Who needs friends? Why?
  • Words to explain: parasol; pendant; 'a real tartar'; provisions.
After The Programme:
  • Follow up class discussion on aspects of friendship raised by the broadcast.
  • Explore class, school or local library for poems or books on friendship.
  • Make a list of friends the pupils know from TV programmes, 'soaps' and comedies.
  • Write a description of your best friend and say what it is you like about them.
  • Improvise and script a row between two friends. Can you resolve it? Type it up on the computer, and rehearse it in class, or assembly or for another class.
  • Write a poem about 'My Best Friend' or 'My Ex-friend'.
Some Ideas for Discussion:
  • What makes a friend? How or why do you choose a particular person?
  • Making friends when you are 'new' at school, or move house.
  • How can you be a good friend?
  • What happens when friends fight or argue? How do you feel? How do you make it up?
  • Name calling; pet names.
  • Does a friend have to be the same age/sex? (What about grannies, neighbours, pets, dinner ladies etc)
  • Playing games with friends. Keeping rules.
  • Recognising people who may not really be friends.
  • Imaginary friends.
  • Worksheet 20: Friendship web. About my friend.
  • Worksheet 21: Fact-file on my best friend.

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