Friendship and cooperation are especially important for children in primary school, and getting along isn’t always easy. The Friendship and Cooperation Play in a Day has been designed to support your PSHE curriculum and give one class of children the chance to explore what the two terms really mean.

During a full school day children work with the Altru practitioner to develop their skills and understanding. They create a performance that uses fun and recognisable characters and scenarios to demonstrate the importance of compromise, team-work and getting along. And they highlight just how well they can do these things by performing together at the end of the day and celebrating their achievements.

We offer 2 different versions of this Play in a Day – one for Key Stage 1 which is simplified and more narrative, and an extended and more advanced version for Key Stage 2.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

– We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
– Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
– We begin work on the play – the class include their own ideas and opinions and develop scenes, songs, poems and raps to go into the performance. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered aurally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
– We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
– Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
– Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
– The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
– Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key messages of the Friendship & Cooperation Play in a Day

– The best way to succeed is by working as a team.
– We all bring something different and special to our teams – and we should value each other and celebrate our differences.
– The importance of including others and not leaving anyone out in school.
– The key elements of friendship and what makes a long lasting friendship.

“A super idea and a super day! The children had fun and learned important lessons about friendship and cooperation. A great use of a school day – 10/10!” Vanessa Harrison, Halewood Primary School, Knowsley