Y3/4: Lesson 5 (Cycle A): Stereotyping: Age/Disability

Recognising that, in addition to gender, stereotypes exist based on a number of factors including age and disability.

Learning objective

  • To recognise that stereotypes exist based on a number of factors

Statutory guidance

Pupils should be taught: 

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Year 3

Pupils needing extra support: Have some information on well-known older people who defy stereotypes, available for the children to use. You could include David Attenborough, the Queen, Paul McCartney, Esther Rantzen, Captain Tom Moore.

Pupils working at greater depth: Look at more than one person who defies age stereotypes; perhaps someone they know and someone who is famous. They can look at how these people defy more than one stereotype, for example, still taking on an active role in society, good with technology and still working.

Year 4

Pupils needing extra support: Should use the Activity: Biography template and provide them with a choice of two people to create their biographies on.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can decide on their own format for a biography and use their own sources for research.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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