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Exemplar Lesson Plan and rationale: PSHCE lesson Plan: Death Education with Y4

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Exemplar Lesson Plan and rationale: PSHCE lesson Plan: Death Education with Y4 (40 minutes) Learning Objectives Resources Previous Learning NC/PSHCE Links - to understand what it means to be an orphan - to appreciate that there is sadness and loneliness when someone close to you dies - to be able to find ways of getting help when coping with loss DVD of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Plain paper x 30 Children will have studied life cycles in Science (Living Processes) Children will have understood the reality of death for animals. Children will have understood the importance of friendship. PSHCE KS2: 1a,c, 2e 4g SEAL Changes Unit Planned learning experiences Role of Teacher/other adults Process of assessment Learning outcomes Introduction (10min) Run trough objectives in child friendly language Put Harry Potter name on white board or produce a picture of Harry Potter as a child with the e white board Question:What do we know about Harry Potter? Show DVD extract of the Mirror of Erriseg explaining htat Harry is staying at Hogworts for Christmas because his family don't want him and he doesn't want to go there. He gets an invisible cloak for a present and uses it to visit the section of the library in the middle of the night that pupils are banned from going into. ...read more.

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but this objective would be reconsidered if there was a child in this class who had been bereaved within the previous two years. In this situation I would consult with the child on the content and give the option of alternative work outside the classroom. Choice and involvement in planning for children who are affected by bereavement is critical to their coping success in these situations (Brown 2000, Stokes 2009, Winston's Wish 2011, Child Bereavement Charity 2011, Jigsaw4u 2011). In addition, Christ's (2000) extensive research identified that children of the Y3-4 age range who are bereaved often want to talk about their situation and their lost parents. The objectives are simple but require both imagination and some recognition of emotions/ feelings. These can be expected from Y4 pupils (DfES SEAL 2005, DfEE 1999, Antidote 2008) but individual class composition and stage of development would need to be a factor in the selection of objectives and in the differentiation of work (Kyriacou 2007, Pollard 2008). Curriculum Links The objectives and content link to the DfEE (1999) National Curriculum Non-statutory Guidelines for PSHE for Key Stage 2 which are currently in use in schools. These require children to communicate their own ideas and views, to use their imagination to identify with other people's experiences and feelings and to now where support can be obtained for themselves or their family and friends. ...read more.

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Key Findings from new CBN and NCB research in bereaved children, London: CBN/NCB Christ, C. H. (2000), Healing Children's Grief: Surviving a Parent's Death through Cancer, Oxford: Oxford University Press This book is very readable and is extremely valuable to teachers in primary age phases, as it utilises extensive research evidence to identify typical grief reactions and behaviours of children at different ages, providing real support for teachers needing to respond to specific age needs in these situations and who struggle to understand the differential responses of siblings. DfEE (1999) National Curriculum Handbook for England KS1 & 2, London: DfEE DfES (2005) Excellence and Enjoyment: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, London: DfES Jigsaw4u website (2010) accessed at www. jigsaw4u.org.uk 3/9/11 Kyriacou, C. (2007) Essential Teaching Skills (3rd edition) London: Nelson-Thornes Piaget, J. (1952) The Origins of Intelligence in Children, New York: International Universities Press Pollard, A. (2008) Reflective Teaching, (3rd edition) London: Continuum Stokes, J. (2009) 'Resilience in Bereaved Children' Bereavement Care Journal, 2009, Vol 28 pp1-9 Stokes, J. (2004), Then, Now and Always: Supporting Children as they Journey Through Grief: A Guide for Practitioners, Cheltenham: Winston's Wish Wish Website (2010) http://www.winstonswish.org.uk accessed 3/9/11 This website is invaluable to all professionals and carers and children with grief issues. It has many resources, lesson plans, book suggestions and policy and practice advise for primary schools and gives access to an on-line support and advice line and a telephone line. It is user -friendly and child friendly and reassuring in its tone. ...read more.

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