Celebrate International Day of Friendship on 30 July, or just celebrate friendship with this lesson for primary learners!

The United Nations have declared 30th 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. They start the lesson by working together to understand what it means to be a good friend, through a discussion, and then by analysing a simple text. They finish by working together to make posters celebrating friendship.

Firstly, learners are introduced to the topic of friendship through a simple word game. Then they join in a teacher-led discussion about what makes a good friend. They do a puzzle activity to find 10 key words 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 skills of speaking and reading
  • To teach pupils about the importance of friendship
  • To encourage pupils to use English creatively and think about why friendship is important
  • To celebrate the International Day of Friendship

Age group:

Primary school students, aged between 7 and 10 years old


CEF level A1 and above


45 - 60 minutes (this lesson could be done over two classes)


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below as PDFs.

Katherine Bilsborough


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