The same but different: lesson plan for ages 9 to 11

Explore the things that make us different and special in this lesson, created for World Mental Health Day 2020.

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Using a video from Childline about different cultures, and a poster-making activity, this lesson will encourage older children to think about the things that make them special and different. It will help them think more about other cultures and why diversity is important.


Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • Children aged 9 to 11
  • Use with whole classes

This resource is written as part of the Mentally Healthy Schools World Mental Health Day 2020 resources. It can be used alongside the following resources:


Curriculum links


Living in the Wider World (KS2)

• about diversity: what it means; the benefits of living in a diverse community;

• about valuing diversity within communities

Northern Ireland


Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• valuing and celebrating cultural difference and diversity; (KS2)


Social Wellbeing

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all.



• I can explore my identity and compare it with those of others, recognising that society is made up of diverse groups, beliefs and viewpoints. (Progression step 2)

• I have explored and am aware of diversity in communities. (Progression step 2)

• I can describe and explain the ways in which my life is similar and different to others, and I understand that not everyone shares the same experiences, beliefs and viewpoints. (Progression step 3)

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