The World Around Us: Respecting Difference

What makes each of us different – and why is that important?

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5-6 6-7


Identity and diversity Wellbeing and resilience


Lesson plan


60 minutes

What would the world be like if everyone and everything were the same?

Respecting Difference is a lesson plan that helps pupils aged 5–7 understand the value of being different. Through a short activity in which we imagine a world in which everybody was identical, pupils will explore the nature and importance of difference – and will also reflect on their need to respect and care for each other and the natural world.

Respecting Difference is part of The World Around Us, a set of five 60-minute learning resources exploring children’s values and rights. Developed for Dreamachine by A New Direction in partnership with UNICEF UK, this nine-page PDF lesson plan includes plenty of prompts for discussions, plus links and resources for further learning.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Citizenship, Personal, Social & Health Education
Key Stage: KS1

Northern Ireland:
Personal Development & Mutual Understanding
Key Stages: Foundation, KS1

Health & Wellbeing, Social Studies
Level: First Level

Expressive Arts, Health & Well-being, Humanities
Progression Step: PS2