Sleep – Year 6 lesson plan

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


  • KS2


  • PSHE
  • RE & HE

What’s this for?

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


Learning objectives

After the lesson, students 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 Relationships Education and Health Education statutory 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

Supports the PSHE curriculum: Core Theme 1 (Health and wellbeing)

  • H8 – about how sleep contributes to a healthy lifestyle; routines that support good quality sleep; the effects of lack of sleep on the body, feelings, behaviour and ability to learn
  • H16 – about strategies and behaviours that support mental health — including how good quality sleep, physical exercise/time outdoors, being involved in community groups, doing things for others, clubs, and activities, hobbies and spending time with family and friends can support mental health and wellbeing

Supports the Science curriculum

Animals including humans

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