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The Sleep Factor: new lesson plans for KS2, 3 & 4

Children and young people’s sleep is an increasingly important issue. Poor quality and insufficient sleep can be both the cause and effect of wider health problems.
This issue has now been recognised in the Government’s statutory health education guidance, which suggests that all pupils should understand ‘the importance of sufficient good quality sleep for good health and that a lack of sleep can affect weight, mood and ability to learn’.
The PSHE Association have launched new PSHE education lesson plans and guidance for members on developing and promoting healthy sleep habits. The key stage 2 lesson introduces changes to sleep that occur during puberty, and the key stage 3 lesson explores healthy sleep routines; at key stage 4 we explore the impact of quality sleep on performance and wellbeing. These lessons help students:

  • recognise what good quality sleep is and why it is important
  • identify habits and routines that promote good quality sleep
  • understand how sleep patterns change during adolescence.

The Department of Children’s Sleep Medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital provided advice and support in creating these resources.

Click here to be taken to the download page on the PSHE Association's website.

PSHE Association Subject Specialist, Jenny Fox says:
“These lessons equip children and young people with the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to take increasing responsibility for the quality of their sleep. Pupils are encouraged to explore the myths related to getting good sleep, offer advice to others about improving evening routines and understand the many benefits of improving the quality of their sleep. The lessons are designed to be taught as part of a spiral PSHE curriculum which promotes health and wellbeing.”   

Dr Charlie Tyack, Department of Children’s Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children’s Hospital:
“Good quality sleep is a key foundation for emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as educational performance. Everyone's sleep requirements differ, so a one-size-fits-all approach to sleep tends not to work for everyone. These PSHE lessons reinforce the importance of sleep and help young people to think realistically about how to give themselves the best chances of getting the sleep they need to reach their full potential. We also hope the activities are fun, and that people learn new things about sleep in the process!"

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