Death and the Afterlife

Students consider two key questions in this unit:
What happens when we die?
What do different faiths teach about death and the afterlife?
They complete a common assessment under controlled conditions during a lesson.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: have a basic understanding of the death rituals and beliefs of some world religions.

Most students will: know about death rituals in several different religious traditions and will have explored and discussed what they think about what happens when we die; understand that there is a link between what people believe and the death rituals they perform.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to work out the beliefs of certain people depending on how they perform death rites.

Key Assessments

Students complete a summative assessment near the end of the topic to check learning and understanding: “What happens when we die?”. They also design their own death ritual.

How to help your child

This unit can be difficult for some, especially if they have had recent personal experience of the subject. Parents can recognise this and offer support if needed. If not, parents can support their children by finding out about interesting death rituals with them.

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