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Identity,individuality, responsibility

Topic: Identity,individuality, responsibility

Learning Outcomes

Learn to respect others identities, cultures and individuality

Understand what an identity is

Understand the term racism





Reading of story “Racism and intolerance” by Louise Spilsbury Hanane Kai

Higher/lower order questioning of story  including listing examples of

Discussion of term racism, what it means, where does racism exist in the story and if it exists in real life.





Walking debate: Scenarios of people disrespecting/respecting others identities will be read aloud. The children will have to move and stand beside the strongly agree,agree,neither agree nor disagree,disagree and strongly disagree signs depending on whether they agree/disagree with the statement.

Sample of scenarios include:

“There is a child of a different race playing in the playground on their own, it is okay to ignore them and play on their own because they look different”

The children will be asked why they are standing under the various headings.

Me too game:

A statement will be called out and each child that it applies to has to step forward and say “me too”. Many statements will be real aloud so that the children all say “me too” several times. Discussion will take place on how although we have many things in common we all have differences also and how it is important to respect each others differences.

Discussion will take place on how someone would feel if someone did not respect these differences and laughed, mocked or ignored them because of them. E.g. embarrassed,upset,ashamed,depressed etc.


The children will work in pairs to write down reasons on why it is important to respect others identities. They will write these on sticky notes which they will stick on the board.

The sticky notes will be read aloud to recap on the importance of identity and respecting others individuality.


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Identity, individuality, responsibility


Identity, Individuality, Responsibility

LT focus: To develop a sense of self identity and confidence in each person’s individuality


Introduce lesson with poem ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein.

Discuss the importance of self belief and being proud of our individuality.


Brainstorm a list of areas which make us individuals –

  • Likes and dislikes
  • People who are important to us
  • Hobbies
  • Special abilities
  • When I grow up I want to

Creating a collage:

Provide each child with an A3 page and invite them to create a collage using magazine cuttings, drawings, words, phrases and symbols all about themselves with their picture in the centre. Use the brainstormed areas as ideas for the collage.  

When finished creating individual collages, divide class into small groups of 3 or 4.  to share and describe their poster to others in their group.


Whole class discussion – reflect on what it was like sharing information about themselves with their group.

Discuss the line ‘The voice that speaks inside’ from the poem ‘The Voice’, within the context of their personal collage. Emphasise the importance of self belief and to have confidence to take personal responsibility for decisions and not be influenced by others.

Display posters in the classroom celebrating the uniqueness of each poster just as every person in the class is unique.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Resources: A3 paper, glue, magazines, photo of each child, pencils, crayons, Poem ‘The Voice’

Poem ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein