Top primary cover lessons

Sian Evans
21st August 2017
A cover teacher in front of a class of primary school children

Ready-to-use lessons, activities and games to keep pupils motivated and challenged during cover lessons

Having a go-to collection of cover-friendly lesson ideas can be a lifesaver whether you’re a supply teacher or a teacher having to set work. To help you out, we’ve hand-picked resources across a range of subject areas, which are not only easy to deliver, but also engaging and full of ways to develop key skills.

Getting started

Make sure your first post of call is this hugely popular supply pack, covering different tried-and-tested activities for all subjects in all year groups.

Resources for younger learners

Practising essential skills is a simple way of establishing a sense of normality when a different teacher is leading a young class. Encourage pupils to develop reading and writing skills with these animal-themed comprehension sheets or challenge learners with this collection of reasoning-focused maths problems, complete with an answer sheet.

Ideal for a standalone lesson, this activity pack, containing a detailed plan, map and quick quiz, is ideal for introducing or recapping the continents and oceans of the world. Alternatively, use these planning outlines as a starting point to kick-start meaningful discussions about teamwork, friendship and gender roles.


Resources for older learners

Why not add a fun twist to English and maths lessons? Perfect for engaging older learners, this visually appealing presentation sets up a descriptive writing task about a brand-new superhero, which leads neatly into an art lesson. For refreshing tricky division skills, encourage students to work in pairs to play this simple board game, packed full of increasingly challenging questions.

With only paper and colouring pencils, this easy-to-deliver music lesson tasks pupils with designing a brand new instrument paying particular attention to how it will look and sound. For a bumper collection of ideas, look no further than this comprehensive resource pack, offering activities arranged by year group, subject and term.


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