Sleep – KS3 and KS4 lesson plan pack

Explore the benefits of good quality sleep and learn strategies for better quality sleep


  • KS3
  • KS4


  • Science
  • PSHE
  • RSHE

What's this for?

Developed with teachers, this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying video help you explore with your class the importance of good-quality sleep and strategies to promote good-quality sleep.

The accompanying video is featured below.

Sleep talk video

Play 'Sleep talk' video on Rise Above website

Learning outcomes

After the lesson, pupils will be able to:

  • identify what happens when we sleep
  • describe the benefits of good quality sleep

For more information on how to use these lesson plans in the classroom, visit the PSHE Association website.


Supports the PSHE curriculum

Core theme 1: Health and wellbeing


  • H5 – the characteristics of mental and emotional health and strategies for managing it; a range of healthy coping strategies
  • H7 – to manage growth and change as normal parts of growing up (including consolidation and reinforcement of Key Stage 2 learning on puberty, human reproduction, pregnancy and the physical and emotional changes of adolescence)
  • H13 – the benefits of physical activity and exercise and the importance of sleep
  • H15 – the importance of, and strategies for, maintaining a balance between work, leisure and exercise


  • H6 – to identify, evaluate and independently access reliable sources of information, advice and support for all aspects of physical or mental health 
  • H7 – how to take increased responsibility for maintaining and monitoring their own health

Core theme 3: Living in the wider world


  • L2 – the knowledge and skills needed for setting realistic and challenging personal targets and goals (including the transition to Key Stage 3)


  • L7 – to recognise how social media can also distort situations or issues; can narrow understanding and appear to validate these narrow views

Supports the new statutory RSE guidance

  • know the importance of sufficient good quality sleep for good health and how a lack of sleep can affect weight, mood, mental health and ability to learn