Y5/6 Lesson 8 (Cycle A): Challenging stereotypes

Children learn about a range of stereotypes and share this information effectively with their peers.

Learning objective

  • To explore other people’s attitudes and ideas and to begin to challenge these (Y5)
  • To understand stereotypes and be able to share information on them (Y6)

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: Should be given the opportunity to re-watch the clip if necessary and to pause it when they hear something which they think is important. Can use the Activity: Pledge template (see Classroom resources) to write their pledges on.

Year 6: Can select a form of stereotyping that they have an understanding of and a type of media that they will find easy to work with, such as video or podcasts.  


Pupils working at greater depth:

Year 5: Could move on to look at ways they could make changes beyond their class, for example within the wider life of school or the local community.

Year 6: Can be challenged to undertake greater research into their campaign and give real-life examples.



Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' understanding and progress


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