Identity Circles

An activity that helps learners to explore different features of their identity

KS2 | 60 Mins | Individual


KEY QUESTION: Who am I? Who are we? What makes us unique? What is important to us?

This activity allows learners to explore aspects of their own identity and is similar to the Backpack activity. The two activities can be used interchangeably

Before completing this activity, the teacher should draw their own identity circle as a model for the class (follow instructions 2-3), and also to show that sharing information about identities is a positive thing that adults are prepared to do too.

There are many elements of identity you could include e.g. hopes and dreams, place of birth, where you live, family, beliefs, fears, pets, faith group, personality, music/books/TV you like, languages you speak, sports you like, favourite food, favourite colour etc.

  1. Introduce the idea of an identity circle, the aim, and explain to the group what you have included in your identity circle, and why.
  2. Learners should draw a large circle in the middle of a piece of paper, and a number of outer circles. See template below.
  3. Next they need to draw a picture of themselves in the centre circle and write about the different aspects of their identity in each of the outer circles, like the photograph included, placing things that are especially important nearer to the centre and things that are less important further away. The teacher’s model will help here.
  4. Put learners into small groups to share their information and discuss: Which things make up the largest parts of your identity?
  5. Ask them to find something they have in common with others in the group and something that makes them unique/individual from the group. You can use the below definition of unique to support learners.

Unique: the only one of its kind, special, unusual, unlike anything (or anybody) else

Extension Activity

You could extend this activity using identity cards and place these into a diamond according to importance.


Based on original material created by The Linking Network and Lifeworlds Learning

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