Y3/4 Lesson 8 (Cycle A): Respecting differences

Respect and learning about the differences between people and the importance of respecting these differences.

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the differences between people and why it is important to respect these differences (Y3)
  • To begin to understand that families are very varied, in this country and across the world (Y4)

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • The importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them (for example, physically, in character, personality or backgrounds), or make different choices or have different preferences or beliefs.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Might focus on visible similarities and differences with their partner. (Y3)

Could be given specific books, websites and search terms to help with their research. (Y4)

Pupils working at greater depth:

Could identify more similarities and differences and focus on things which are not visible.  They might also begin to think about how differences can be an advantage. For example, different skills help to achieve tasks. Y3)

Could look in more detail at variations within a country. For example, does religion make a difference to how families work? (Y4)


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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…
Find out more