Y5/6 Lesson 7 (Cycle A): Stereotyping

Discovering what gender stereotyping is, knowing that stereotypes have developed over time and that throughout history there have been different attitudes to males and females. Learning why it is bad to stereotype people based on gender and being aware that there are still things that need to change in relation to the way genders are treated.

Learning objectives

  • To recognise how attitudes to gender have changed over time (Year 5)
  • To explore the impact of stereotypes and how they can lead to discrimination (Year 6)

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

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:

Year 5: Can use the Presentation: Newspaper template when writing their report and could benefit from being given information to support their chosen event. 

Year 6: Could be supported during the discussion by an adult and given less photos to answer the questions in the Main event activity.

Pupils working at greater depth:

Year 5: Should be challenged to demonstrate a greater understanding of the impact of change through their article.

Year 6: Can be challenged to look in more detail about how stereotypes around race and religion can be discriminatory.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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