Many children struggle with friendships at school from quite an early age. It may be the first time a child has spent a lot of time with other children and they are having to learn to share, wait their turn and not having one on one attention. Friendships can really affect how a child does at school. If a child feels that they do not have many friends then they may not want to attend school or may start to play up in lessons to try and attract friends in a different way.
It is important to help your child understand how to make friends and what being a good friend means. If your child is really struggling with friendships then it may be a good idea to go in and speak to the teacher about the issue. They may be able to move them round so they have the opportunity to spend time with other people and make new friends that way.
Friends can help each other when it comes to class work as often some tasks are taught in pairs. If the children get along then they may find that they are able to communicate easier and get the task completed quicker too.