Primary school children

Learning area 2: Challenging stereotypes and discrimination


Moving on from the last learning area, in which pupils explored their own identity and were encouraged to celebrate similarities and differences between one another, this unit begins to look at how different groups of people can be stereotyped and discriminated against.

Pupils are asked to challenge their own preconceptions, as well as those of others throughout the unit, and to think about the negative effects of both stereotyping and discrimination on others.

The unit kicks off with an activity that reveals that the children themselves will already have formed some stereotypical opinions around gender. Activities 4 and 5 begin to draw in thinking around how stereotypes can affect how children perceive their breadth of opportunities, and start to dispel this. Download the teacher notes for the full lesson plan and guidance on how to deliver the activities.

Learning outcomes


  • know that different things contribute to our identity, including our membership of different groups 
  • demonstrate respect for difference and communicate this to others
  • know the meaning of the words ‘stereotype’ and ‘discrimination’
  • identify stereotypes and challenge stereotypical thinking
  • know that it is wrong to tease or bully someone because they are different 
  • develop strategies to support others who may encounter prejudice or discrimination.

Subject links

  • PSHE
  • Citizenship
  • English 
  • Drama

Last updated: 15 Apr 2016