Embrace Kids: Celebrating Diversity

Embrace Kids: Celebrating Diversity

Lesson 4 of 5 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Health and Physical Education
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Lesson summary

Students will explore what makes an inclusive community and propose strategies for building inclusivity and resilience.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • recognise their unique strengths and build compassion for others.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recognise that our identity changes based on where we are and who we are with
  • practice empathising with and relating to others
  • brainstorm ideas to take action to reduce teasing and bullying.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
What Makes Me Different Colouring Sheet
Creating Inclusive Communities Worksheet
Embrace Kids Teacher's Guidebook

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • leadership
  • problem solving
  • reflection
  • social skills

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 5&6, HPE:

  • describe and demonstrate how respect and empathy can be expressed to positively influence relationships (AC9HP6P04)

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability

Syllabus outcomes: Stage 3, PDHPE


  • evaluates the impact of empathy, inclusion and respect on themselves and others.

Relevant parts of Year 5&6 achievement standards: Students propose strategies to demonstrate respect, empathy and inclusion.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

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Additional Info

Embrace Kids is an uplifting film by Taryn Brumfitt that brings together a vibrant collection of stories from young people and famous friends alike, who share their experiences of body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more. This film aims to improve the body image of young people across Australia and the world. Aimed at 10-14-year-olds - but equally engaging for adolescents, teachers and parents - this film inspires, educates and advocates for a world where we are not held back by the thoughts we have about the way we look. Instead, young people are encouraged to figure out what makes them unique and special and use that to spark change.

The Embrace Kids Classroom Program was designed by body image researchers, teachers, and clinicians.

Level of teacher scaffolding: medium - share media, scaffold student discussion, guide small-group work

Related Professional Learning

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Teaching is a rewarding yet demanding career and it is dependent on teachers, those amazing humans who invest a lot of personal energy into their work. The majority of teachers’ work involves juggling the many competing demands of a complex job including long hours preparing and correcting student work and attending to administrative tasks. To avoid burnout teachers need to take time for themselves by incorporating self-care practices into their daily lives.

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