Lesson 7: Gender stereotypes

To begin and understanding of what is meant by a stereotype and how unhelpful and unfair it is to stereotype people

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand what is meant by a stereotype

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • What a stereotype is, and how stereotypes can be unfair, negative or destructive.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Give examples to demonstrate that stereotypes are not correct e.g. children in the class who don’t conform to the stereotype or adults the children know well.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could add their own ideas into the boy and girl categories during the initial sorting activity.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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