Lesson 1: What is identity?

Children discuss 'what makes us who we are’ and create their own identity mind map

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand what factors contribute to identity

Statutory guidance

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world > H25 about personal identity; what contributes to who we are (e.g. ethnicity, family, gender, faith, culture, hobbies, likes/dislikes)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could use the Activity: Identity sheet to create their own identity mind map from.


Pupils working at greater depth: Provide more examples of how other people see them.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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…
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