Lesson 6: Change and loss

Understanding about change and loss and how this can affect us

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand how loss and change can affect us

Statutory guidance

Families and people who care for me  Pupils should know:

  • How to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed.
  • There is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.
  • How to recognise and talk about their emotions, including having a varied vocabulary of words to use when talking about their own and others’ feelings.

Success criteria


Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: There may be pupils in the class who have recently experienced a loss bereavement. It might be appropriate for them to make a card for the person or pet who was special for them or they may need support through the lesson from you or another adult and after the lesson. It would be advisable to forewarn their parents and carers that the lesson is going to take place.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to write in greater depth in their card to explain to the friend how remembering Badger can help them feel better.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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