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Pride Month KS2 – 15 of the best teaching resources for primary schools

Educate primary pupils and celebrate LGBTQ+ pride this June with these activities, ideas and other resources for Years 3-6...

  • Pride Month KS2 – 15 of the best teaching resources for primary schools

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is all about celebrating LGBTQ+ culture as well as looking back on the struggles and rights violations that LGBTQ+ people have faced, and still face today.

When is Pride Month?

Pride Month 2021 takes place in June, both in the UK and all around the world. June was chosen as this was the month when the Stonewall uprising took place in 1969.

1 | Create an LGBT-inclusive primary curriculum with Stonewall

If you’re looking to create an LGBT-inclusive primary curriculum, this free Stonewall guide can help compiled by Stonewall.

Whether you’re just getting started on LGBT inclusion or developing your best practice even further, Stonewall’s resources can help.

There are some excellent free-to-download PDFs such as this guide to working with parents, this framing inclusion through rights resource or this resource for schools with faith values.

Check them all out here.

2 | Primary LGBTQ+ Pride resources

Also from Stonewall, these resources were created for this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month and focus on the lives and work of some courageous LGBT women.

You can download it as a lesson pack or as a home-learning pack, whatever works for the current situation in Covid-19

Download both versions here.

3 | Proud to be Me! KS1/2 assembly and lesson ideas pack

Are your pupils proud of who they are? Pride Month is celebrated in the UK and around the world in June. Introduce this to your pupils using our assembly resource, which explains what Pride Month is and how it celebrates love and accepting that everyone is different.

Explore how pupils in your classroom are different and celebrate these differences, giving pupils the opportunity to think about what makes them proud of themselves.

The resources can be used as part of Pride Month in June, or at any appropriate time during the school year.

Check it out here.

4 | LGBT in primary school

If you’re wondering whether primary-aged children are too young to discuss LGBTQ+ issues then think again, The Proud Trust has put together this selection of resources because the young LGBT+ people they work consistently tell them that at no point during their growing up were LGBT+ people ever visible or discussed.

This then meant that they lacked the language and terminology to help them understand and describe who they are.

So if you don’t want the same for any children in your school, give their helpful tools a look.

Check out their primary resources here.

5 | LGBTQ+ identities

This Out in Education resource sheet on LGBTQ+ identities provides handy definitions on sexuality and gender, before going on to explain how these are more useful guidelines or starting points, and that in reality identity is more fluid and complex.

It goes on to provide a more accurate model, and talks about ‘coming out’ and the use of pronouns.

Get this resource here.

6 | Families – LGBTQ+ Pride Month KS2 discussion and writing pack

This resource pack explores families and how all families are founded in love, no matter what they look like.

The activities will teach pupils that family units can vary, from blended families, single-parent families, families where parents are the same sex or families that have a mum and dad.

They will draw pictures or create family trees showing who they live with and discuss images that challenge stereotypes of what a family should look like.

Find it here.

7 | Pride month primary resources

Sticking with Out in Education, over on its website you’ll find some great resources suitable for Year 3-6, including fact-filled slideshows and anti-bullying posters.

Check it all out here.

8 | Gender explained using continuums

This excellent infographic is part of a post called Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.

You can download it as a PDF there, and also get loads more information on gender, something that everyone thinks they understand, but most people really don’t.

Here, it’s broken into three categories: identity, expression, and sex. As the post explains, “It’s less ‘this or that’ and more ‘this and that’”.

Get this resource here.

9 | Nicola Adams inspirational people KS1 reading and writing resources pack

Introduce KS1 pupils to sportswoman Nicola Adams, using our resources pack that looks at her achievements and how she is an inspirational person within and beyond the LBGTQ+ community.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop comprehension skills using the questions linked to the biographical text about the boxer and will consider how she has inspired others. They will also go on to discuss who inspires them, with opportunities to write about who is inspirational in their own lives.

Find it here.

10 | Supporting transgender kids in school

This is a piece I had the privilege to write for our Teach Primary magazine, speaking to experts in the field (without whom, the feature wouldn’t exist) about transgender children.

Their advice and the case studies they provided are essential reads, and you’ll also find some helpful resources and videos (such as the one above) at the bottom of the feature too.

Check it all out here.

11 | Expert opinions

While we’re on experts, this selection of features also make for great reads:

12 | Why inclusive education is vital

Most people (sadly, not everyone) know that it’s important for children to learn about LGBTIQ+ issues and identities, but obviously we can always learn more and improve what we pass on to children, and these expert opinion pieces are a great place to start.

First Amie Taylor explains why LGBTQ+ resources for primary schools are vital, and how her teachers weren’t allowed to talk about same-sex relationships and so she didn’t even realise she was gay.

Simon James Green explains why books containing portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters deserve a place in every school.

So if you’re looking to expand your school library, here Barbara Band picks out 10 inclusive, empowering and empathetic reads.

Then here are 5 more from Ian Eagleton.

13 | Tackling homophobia in schools

This teaching pack from Schools Out includes fact sheets, lesson plans, useful links and loads more.

There are things like 20 things your school can do to tackle homophobia and transphobia, and create a safe space, and using language effectively which can all be downloaded individually, or you can download the whole pack.

Check it out here.

14 | Gender diversity lesson plan for school children

This KS2 lesson plan from GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) is called Peter’s Story.

The core of the short story is Edward Lear’s famous ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ poem, and the subtext is that Peter, the central character, has a parent who has transitioned to live as a woman.

It helps young children better understanding gender diversity just as they should understand race and ethnicity, religious beliefs and various cultural norms.

Download the PDF and PowerPoint here.

15 | The Proud Trust

Each year The Proud Trust produces a free LGBT+ History Month Pack for the theme of the year.

The 2021 is available now, plus you can still download 2014-2020’s packs freely.

Get them all here.

Happy Pride Month

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