What is Diversity? Lesson 1

Preview of Lesson 1 - Diversity

In this lesson students are introduced to the term "diversity" in its social context.


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Connect the Learning

Teacher Input - Ask the group to think of any previous lessons they may have done in Citizenship or PSHE that discussed prejudice, diversity or respect. Can they think of any texts they have covered in English literature that are about these topics?

The Big Picture

Teacher input: We live in a multicultural society, and one that has been multicultural for many years. Young people can benefit from learning about diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism.

The curriculum aims for the PSHE: Personal Wellbeing programme of study include young people becoming “responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.” The requirement is for the issues of diversity and prejudice to be tackled at KS3. The relevant Every Child Matters outcome is “make a positive contribution”.

The Learning Outcomes

From the key stage 3 PSHE: Personal Wellbeing programme of study; 1.5 Diversity a) Appreciating that, in our communities, there are similarities as well as differences between people of different race, religion, culture, ability or disability, gender, age or sexual orientation.


Activity 1: Teacher-led discussion, “What is diversity?”. Ask the class to contribute their ideas as to what diversity might mean.

Use the PowerPoint presentation TRUKS3Diversity_L1 slides 1-4. Run through the dictionary definition in slide 1. Then show each of the statements on slides 2-4. Ask the class to explain what they think each of the statements mean. Write key ideas or words onto the board.