Top primary cover lessons

Sian Evans
27th September 2018
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.

Resources for younger learners

Animal Reading Comprehensions for KS1

5 Animal Themed Reading Comprehensions.
Each comprehension is accompanied with Questions.
Students may use the template provided or cut and paste the Comprehension into their books.
Questiosn can be adapted for LA. This is pitched for MA/HA students.

Take a look at my FIRST READING COMPREHENSIONS for your LA.

By PollyPuddleduck

White Rose Maths - KS1 - Problems of the Day 2018

It’s back! White Rose Maths Problem of the Day.

Along with the usual PDFs we have added a powerpoint that will be updated each day. The calendar is hyperlinked to take you straight to the new problems and answers are provided. Full worked solutions will be provided at the end of the month.

For the month of March, each day we will publish some reasoning and problem solving questions for use with your classes. Practice is crucial to maths success, and our questions are designed to support your daily routines. A new question will be posted each evening for the next day, and cover topics and areas that your pupils can expect to see as part of their SATs. If you tweet a picture of your classes hard at work solving a problem to @WRMaths, you will be entered into our special weekly prize draw during March 2018! Please ensure that any photos you tweet have relevant permissions, as we will be retweeting a selection of these.

Thank you for your continued support.

Enjoy - The White Rose Maths Team

By WRMaths

Continents and Oceans KS1 Lesson plan & Activities

A lesson plan, map, PowerPoint quiz and online games on the continents and oceans for KS1. Covers one of the Locational Knowledge objectives in the new 2014 Geography curriculum. You can find more planning and resources on the Save Teachers Sundays website.

By SaveTeachersSundays

Primary - KS1 - PSHE

Bank of 6 lessons for PSHE.
Areas covered:
Why should I be good?
Team work
Gender roles
Problem solving
Family conflict
By sheath19-308

Resources for older learners

A Pack of Supply Cover Lesson Plans and Worksheets - no prep, ready to use, for any subject!

So, you're sick? Off on a course? Out on a school trip? Or maybe you are the supply teacher and no cover work has been set, or the students finish the work far too early. Either way, there is always the hassle of setting inspiring cover work to keep the students on task and interested while still making the lesson worthwhile.

Fear not, as in this quality, compelling resource there are over 50 lesson ideas that can conveniently be used for any subject; the best part is, they don’t need any preparation on your part!

Included are extra black line worksheets (ideal for saving you money on printing) to accompany the lesson plans if you want to use them, with clear step by step directions for what students need to do on each.

Product Includes over 50 different lesson activities including:
• Creative writing
• Character analysis
• Comic strip
• Website designing
• Debating
• Design own theme park
• Robot designing
• Superhero designing
• Creating jingles
• Sentence starters and endings
• A day in the life of
• Design own sport
...and more!

Remember, these activities have been uniquely designed in a way that they can be appropriate for any subject area without needing to adapt the resource! Each lesson plan actually contains a variety of different options as well, offering so many alternatives and extension ideas! They are so simple, easy and ready to use for any subject with no preparation needed.

So next time you’re panicking about what to set your students, ensure you download this resource and save yourself loads of stress and time! Simply hand to the cover teacher and be on your way, no other work from you is required!

Minimal preparation for maximum fun!


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By TeachersResourceForce

Maths: Division Board Game

Suitable for paired work or bigger. Can be printed onto A3. Give each learner a counter and allow them to play. Great starter or plenary.
By baldwj

Quick and Easy Music Cover Lesson

A simple cover lesson for music when you're on a course or a poorly person! Only resources required are A4 plain paper and colouring pencils. Everybody's happy!
By lornylou99

Key Stage 2 supply pack ideas

20 pages of Y3 - Y6 supply ideas
By titan182

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