Lesson 5: Stereotypes: Gender

Exploring stereotypes in fictional characters and considering how these influence our ideas about gender.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To explore stereotypes in fictional characters and think about how these might influence us

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: May need help with understanding what a stereotype is and could benefit from books to help them with the activity. 

Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to consider if there are differences between characters from traditional stories and older books and more modern stories – have stereotypes lessened over time?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
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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