Lesson 8: Stereotypes: Race and religion

Discussing the saying ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’ and what this means in terms of stereotyping others based on their race or religion. Learning that stereotyping people in this way causes issues and often leads to discrimination, which can be harmful and destructive. Challenging any negative views surrounding race and religion.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To explore the impact of stereotypes and how they can lead to discrimination

Statutory guidance

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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: Could work in pairs for the activity in the Attention grabber. 


Pupils working at greater depth: 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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