PSHE KS2 / KS3: Being a supportive friend

The schools in the local area are having a swimming gala, and the group of friends are involved; Deon (13) is the team captain, and Tony (13), Gabriel (13) and Akira (12) are in the team.

The problem is that Gabriel finds he’s wide-awake at night, and in staying up too late, keeps sleeping in.

At practice, Monica (11) is excited to be the replacement for Gabriel, who hasn’t made it on time, but just as Monica is about to swim, Gabriel turns up, and Monica is relegated to the bench.

This isn’t the first time, and Monica storms off, upset.

On race day, despite Tony’s best efforts to get Gabriel to the gala on time, Gabriel doesn’t make it into the pool.

When Deon and the rest of the team need Monica, her pride demands that she doesn’t help out her friends, but she wants to swim and before long she’s in the pool racing against the other teams.

Unfortunately they don’t win, but the friends do realise what has really been at stake.

Gabriel has let his friends down, and the others were too wrapped up in the swimming event to consider Monica’s feelings. But being friends, they forgive each other easily. No one’s perfect.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to initiate discussions about the importance of quality sleep, rest and recovery. It is also useful in looking at managing friendships and supporting your peers.

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.