Mixed-age Y3/4 Lesson 9 (Cycle A): Change and loss - bereavement

Learning what a bereavement is and how to help someone who is experiencing loss.

Learning objective

  • To explore how we can help following a bereavement

Statutory guidance

  • How to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice from others if needed.
  • That 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

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide a puppet or other character who has experienced a bereavement for the children to talk to. Give children the Activity: Prompt sheet to help them form their sentences.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could further develop the conversation they might have with someone who has experienced a bereavement and put together a short role-play.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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