Relaxation, rest, sleep, breathing, meditation, energy, tired, mindful, happiness, mood, lifestyle, health, attitude, environment, memory, weight, mental health and bedtime.
Supports pupils understanding of sleep and why it is important.
Supports pupils understanding of how to get a good night’s sleep.
Supports pupils learning of relaxation of techniques for sleep.
Equipment and Resources
Lesson PPT, paper, pen and colours.
Introduce the session with the lesson objectives.
Explain why we need sleep to the class. Use slide 2 on the ppt for a definition of sleep and why we need it.
Show the video about why we need sleep. Ask the following key questions:
Why do we need lots of sleep?
What time do they go to bed?
Roleplay activity. Divide pupils into small groups and ask them to act out the following 2 scenarios and then show them to the class.
The wrong side of bed – you haven’t had enough sleep. Show how you feel, look and act to friends, family and at school.
The right side of bed – you have had enough sleep and feel good. Show how you feel, look and act to friends, family and at school.
Getting ready for bed. Ask pupils to discuss what activities they do in the evening and for their bedtime routine and write them on the board. Print out the ‘getting ready for bed’ handout and ask pupils to fill in each box by drawing pictures or words to describe what they do before bed.
The way we sleep: Talk about the way we sleep. Some people stretch out and others like to curl up. Some lie on their backs or on their side. Talk through how animals sleep using slides 4-6 on the ppt. Invite pupils to show each other how they sleep at night.
Sleepy habits: Ask pupils to produce a song with actions about all the habits they do before bed to help them sleep e.g. milk, bath, teddy or story book.
Sleepy story/meditation: Explain that it is important for us to relax before we sleep and we can use stories, music or even meditation to do this. As a class carry out the sleep meditation video activity.
Reflection time: Ask pupils how they can feel relaxed or well rested during the week. What are their top 3 things to help them sleep.