We are different, we are equal!
Thursday 19th October | 4 comments
This half term in year 5’s PSHE lessons we have been focusing on physical health and wellbeing and how the media can influence our perception of this.
In our first lesson we looked at food packaging, understanding how the media can distort or exaggerate their claims on how healthy a food is, or the benefits it can give you. We enjoyed an exercise where we created a more realistic advert for an energy drink. We also understood, however, that many companies make these exaggerated claims in order to attract more customers.
In our second lesson, we looked at celebrities and role models in the media, discussing what made a good role model and how to avoid looking up to the ‘wrong person’. However we also discussed how the images we see may not always be entirely representative of real life. We discussed how the media can be selective of the images they produce, which can portray a certain image. For example – we decided Lady Gaga probably didn’t go grocery shopping in her meat-dress and at home is a normal person like you or I! We also looked at images of Prince William. He looked happy and well dressed in these, smiling with his family. We decided again that he would also wear normal clothes at home when relaxing and probably had family disagreements just like other people, despite the image of his perfect family life.
In our final lesson we looked at how the media can influence a person’s view on the perfect body image and how this can be damaging to many young people – and older people too! We learnt about changing beauty standards through the years and how today this can be manipulated even further with Photoshop and plastic surgery. We agreed that the media should not control our self esteem or our perception of how attractive we are. We decided that we are all beautiful in our own unique way, and it is our differences and even imperfections which make us special. Being healthy and being a good person far out-way the importance of having the ‘perfect appearance’, and we hope you agree too!