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Similarities and differences


What makes each of us special and unique.

This topic explores and celebrates the similarities and differences between people, discussing and encouraging ways to value and respect difference and diversity. It looks at the damaging effect that stereotypes can have, and how to identify and challenge them. It helps pupils recognise their own personal strengths and abilities, and develop self-respect.

Each year group has a starter video, followed by three lessons. A lesson contains a lesson plan, presentation and worksheet(s) for classroom activities. Download the progression grid »
Year 1: We are all unique; we are all special
  • I am special
  • Who I am makes me unique
  • We don’t all feel the same way
Year 2: Strengths, abilities and stereotypes
  • My strengths and abilities
  • Stereotypes
  • Whose job?
Year 3: Respecting and valuing one another
  • Different but equal
  • Our school community
  • Valuing one another and considering people’s feelings
Year 4: Diversity and difference
  • Being British
  • Making a judgement
  • A different point of view
Year 5: Self-worth and setting goals
  • Strengths and abilities
  • Setting goals
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
Year 6: Safe and respectful behaviours
  • Identity online
  • Online bullying
  • Identities and belonging
Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, but teachers can extend or develop learning across more lessons if this is appropriate. It is recommended that schools timetable at least one lesson a week for each year group.

Finding your way, Year 3 video sample. Listen to the stories of two inspirational role-models who didn’t let anything get in the way of their dreams.

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