Sleep – Year 6 lesson plan pack

Pupils explore the benefits of good quality sleep and learn strategies for better sleep


  • KS2


  • Science
  • PSHE
  • RE & HE

What’s this for?

Developed with teachers, this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying action plan explore the benefits of good quality sleep for the body and brain. The PowerPoint includes a video, which introduces pupils to strategies for better quality sleep.

Learning objectives

After the lesson, pupils will be able to:​

  • list some benefits of good quality sleep
  • explain how sleep can affect wellbeing
  • describe actions a person can take to help improve their quality of 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

  • H1 – what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health
  • H2 – how to make informed choices (including recognising that choices can have positive, neutral and negative consequences) and to begin to understand the concept of a balanced lifestyle

Curriculum links to science

Animals including humans

  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

Supports the new statutory RSE guidance

Physical health and mental wellbeing

  • the benefits and importance of daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep

Mental health and wellbeing

  • the importance of simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest

Health and prevention

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