In Living and Learning this week, we have been looking at ways to identify positive things about ourselves and to challenge stereotyping.
We discussed the meaning of the word ‘stereotyping’ (A fixed idea about a group of people that says that everyone who is part of that group is the same. A stereotype is an idea that limits what people can do, be or experience. Stereotypes don’t celebrate difference.
Stereotypes upset people by telling them that they can’t be who they are.)
Interestingly, the children were asked to draw pictures of a scientist, a doctor and a ballet dancer – with some surprising results.
The focus of the discussion ended on the issues of gender by inviting the class to consider whether girls and boys are good at the same things.