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Identity and Individuality (Moral and Spiritual Development) SI

Topic: Identity and Individuality (Moral and Spiritual Development) SI

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore Identity and Individuality through story “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae,
  • To discuss the giraffe’s  individual talents as a dancer and talk about pupils’ own individual talents,
  • To discuss the giraffe’s feelings throughout the story (from feeling ashamed/embarrassed/sad at not dancing in the same style as the other animals to feeling proud/joyful/happy with his own dance).



  • Begin the lesson with Circle Time, asking each child, while holding the Speaking Object, to name one thing that he/she is good at (if they wish to participate),
  • Tell the children we will listen to a story about a giraffe who feels sad because he thinks he cannot dance like the other animals,
  • Listen  the story “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae (teacher reads book or see animations/story being read aloud . )


  • Discuss the story through questioning – how did Gerald feel when his knees buckled?  how did Gerald feel about the Jungle Dance?, how would you feel if you were Gerald?Should the other animals have been laughing at Gerald? Do you think the cricket had good advice for Gerald? Can you remember what he said?
  • “Sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song”- open up discussion on what this means (individuality) and associate it with children’s own lives (e.g., we all have different shoe sizes for different foot sizes, each of us has individual tastes like favourite colours, favourite TV programme etc.) – we are all different and unique.
  • Relate own discussion to Gerald – Gerald danced beautifully to different music but found the music of the Jungle Dance difficult to dance to.


  • Encourage each pupil to choose his/her own favourite part of the story and illustrate it,
  • Discuss why it was your favourite part,
  • Recap on what Individuality means.



Other Resources for teaching this topic

See animation of story

Integration with Literacy (rhyming words)

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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