Male and Female
This week we talked about the idea of male and female, and the fact that we can sometimes tell the difference between them by looking and sometimes not.
We created a list on the whiteboard of ways of identifying whether someone is a boy or a girl. The children considered things like clothing, length of hair, preferred games, names and facial features. Once we had compiled our list, we proved that all our ideas were completely inaccurate. Some girls have short hair and some boys have long hair; girls can be good at games which are traditionally regarded as boy's games; first names do not always indicate gender (Sam, Robbie, Lindsay, Gerry, Charlie, Lesley and so on).
The children then had complete a colouring sheet where they tried to identify which of the animal pair was female and which was male. The only animal on the sheet which we could successfully distinguish the gender of was the pair of lions. This lead to further discussion about other animals which can be identified by appearance alone: peacock and peahen, cow and bull.
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