Lesson 7: Gender stereotypes

Beginning to understand 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

Statutory guidance

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

Differentiation

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

Vocabulary

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Sarah Huggins,  
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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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Created by:
Lifting Limits,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Lifting Limits’ mission is to promote gender equality and challenge gender stereotyping – a root cause of inequality – in and through education.  Lifting Limits supports schools, through training and resources, to recognise and address gender stereotyping which may be…
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