Lesson 2: Gender identity

Learning about gender identity and sexual orientation, children are learn that people don’t always fit into particular categories and that instead there is what is known as a continuum

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To understand gender identity and sexual orientation

Statutory guidance

  • PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE: Living in the wider world > R2. that people may be attracted to someone emotionally, romantically and sexually; that people may be attracted to someone of the same sex or different sex to them; that gender identity and sexual orientation are different and H26. that for some people gender identity does not correspond with their biological sex

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from watching the video clip again and working in a small group with an adult to ask questions.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to provide other examples of gender expression to be discussed and examples of what showing respect to everybody, actually looks like.

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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