Providing opportunities for young people to make connections and form relationships is an important part of bullying prevention. Learning and using someone’s name is a simple and quick way to build a connection.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills

Learning intention

Students will be able to identify the names of students in their class and understand how this contributes to improved wellbeing.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • name the other students in their class

  • explain how learning a name can build connections in the classroom

  • identify practical strategies for remembering a person’s name.

Materials needed

  • A photocopy of the class roll and a pen for each student.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse and reflect on the influence of values and beliefs on the development of identities (AC9HP8P01)

  • Refine, evaluate and adapt strategies for managing changes and transitions (AC9HP10P02)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts (PD4-10)

  • Critiques their ability to enact interpersonal skills to build and maintain respectful and inclusive relationships in a variety of groups or contexts (PD5-10)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities, and analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (VCHPEP142)

  • Examine the impact of changes and transitions on relationships (VCHPEP143)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Provide a photocopy of the class roll to every student in the class.

  2. Ask students to move around the room and get everyone in the class to place their signature next to their name.

  3. At the end of the activity, discuss as a group the following:

    • Why is it important to learn people’s names?

    • What are three practical strategies to help you remember someone’s name?

    • How can building connections through using someone’s name decrease bullying at our school?


One of the most effective ways to connect with a classmate is to know and use their name.

More information for students:

  • A guide to conquering social awkwardness


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