PSHE KS2 / KS3: Are we more than just friends?

At the skateboard Park, Akira (12) introduces Lara (12) and Monica (11) to her friend Jacquie (13).

Jacquie quickly wows the group with her amazing skateboarding skills. Inspired by this confident female skater Lara asks Jacquie to help her learn a few tricks.

The more Lara gets to know Jacquie, the more she is in awe of her. Lara would love to be able to skate as well as Jacqui, but she is always reminded of her lack of skills by Max's (16) teasing.

The next day at the park Jacquie confides in Lara by telling her that she is gay.

At first, Lara thinks nothing of it, but after dreaming about Jacquie she starts to wonder if these feelings of strong friendship and admiration towards her might mean something more.

Akira assures her that whilst it's perfectly natural to be gay, just because she really likes Jacquie, it doesn't necessarily mean that she's gay too.

Concerned that Jacquie might 'fancy' her, Lara decides to tell her she doesn't like her in that way.

She is relieved to find that her worries were unfounded and Jacquie just wanted to be her friend all along.

Lara is happy that it doesn't affect their friendship at all, and they quickly hatch a plan together to take Max down a peg or two.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to begin a discussion about sexuality, identity, and how to understand your feelings and emotions.

Students could interact with the quiz during the clip, answering the questions on whiteboards throughout, allowing active participation and discussion.

Students could use the clip to hot-seat the characters and explore emotions felt by each person as well as role-playing and freeze-framing emotions and actions for thought-provoking discussions.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.

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