Lesson 7: Stereotyping: Gender

Learning that stereotypes are present in everyday life and children's toys can reinforce gender stereotypes.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise that stereotypes are present in everyday life

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


Pupils needing extra support: Select pictures which have very obvious stereotypes for children to look at in the main event activity.

Pupils working at greater depth: Instead of creating an advert children could write a letter to a toy manufacturer or shop to suggest how they could avoid stereotypes in their products.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory roleA particular job you do as part of a larger task that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses…
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Lifting Limits,  
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Lifting Limits’ mission is to promote gender equality and challengeSomething that is difficult to achieve. gender stereotyping – a root cause of inequality – in and through education.  Lifting Limits supports schools, through training and resources, to recognise and address…
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