Lesson 2: The importance of rest

Children learn about the benefits of a good night's sleep and how to take greater responsibility for ensuring they get good quality sleep

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand the benefits of sleep

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could use the Activity: Script template example which provides an example for the beginning of the script.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should suggest varied ways their quality of sleep is affected as well as how this can negatively affect their mental and physical wellbeing.

Wrapping up


Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress

Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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