Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Science

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New to supply teaching? You may have a constant worry that no planning will be left for you, in an unfamiliar school, with eager children. It doesn't happen that often, and I believe it doesn't ever have to happen, but I won't get on my soap box now about it!

These one-line emergency Science lessons plans are intended to be used as a prompt when no planning has been left for you as a supply teacher. They are not intended to be replacements for full lesson plans, and no liability can be accepted by us if you decide to use them. They are mainly from the top of NuttySupplier's head. Work is split into year groups, and then further split into the Science Scheme of Work units.

Emergency, Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Science

Emergency, Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Science

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Emergency lesson plans for Year 3 Science

Emergency lesson plans for Year 4 Science

Emergency lesson plans for Year 5 Science

Emergency lesson plans for Year 6 Science

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Science doesn't have to be practical. If no resources are left for you, you could pop outside at lunchtime and see what you could find to help you along, such as fallen leaves. However, faced with no science lesson plans, no Head would expect you to produce an all-singing, all-dancing interactive lesson, so don't beat yourself up over it! Do try and make it memorable for the children in some way though… Think kinaesthetic. Get the children out of their seats, to the front of the class, pretending to be kettles, hair-dryers etc., not just listening to you talking about them!

Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Literacy

Click here to download all 289 of my supply teacher lesson plans in one handy PDF file.

Not often do you walk into a school as a supply teacher, and find that no planning has been left for you. But it does happen sometimes. And, especially if you are new to supply teaching, it can throw you / terrify you / send you running to the door! Never fear:

These one-liner Literacy lessons plans are intended to be used as a prompt when no planning has been left for you as a supply teacher. They are relevant to the Primary Framework for Literacy announced in October 2006. They are not intended to be replacements for full lesson plans, and no liability can be accepted by us if you decide to use them. They are mainly from the top of NuttySupplier's head.

Emergency, Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Literacy

Emergency, Resource-Free Lesson Plans for Literacy

In the Primary Framework for Literacy, literacy is organised into three main blocks:

  • Narrative/Plays/Scripts
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry

I have labelled the supply teacher's ideas below accordingly, and also included word and sentence level work in relation to the old Literacy Strategy, placed within terms in year groups.

The learning objectives within the Primary Framework for Literacy are as follows:

  • Speaking
  • Listening and responding
  • Group discussion, interaction
  • Drama
  • Word structure and spelling
  • Understand and interpret texts
  • Engage with, respond to texts
  • Creating and shaping texts
  • Text structure and organization
  • Sentence structure, punctuation
  • Presentation

As you will see from the supply teacher ideas below, I have followed a further breakdown of the Blocks for each year group in order to make the lesson plans more relevant.

Emergency lesson plans for Year 3 Literacy

Emergency lesson plans for Year 4 Literacy

Emergency lesson plans for Year 5 Literacy

Emergency lesson plans for Year 6 Literacy

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Year 6 Emergency Lesson Plans for DT

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 6 DT are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Topic Lesson Plan
Shelters Design on paper, a tent to be used in an unusual place. Maybe the ground is concrete and therefore you cannot use conventional pegs? Maybe the ground is continually moving (water?) and pegs cannot be used? Perhaps it is to be used in a very hot/cold place, so insulating materials need to be used? Perhaps it is for use near a vampire's lair, and so the material needs a regular infusion of garlic!
Slippers Design a set of slippers for an animal. Why might they need slippers – injured feet/prevent infection/temperature change underfoot? With the purpose in mind, design the slippers thinking of size, warmth, safety and appearance. (Good plenary point: Do the animals care about the appearance?)
Fairground/Controllable Vehicles Make a list of buildings which use devices such as electrical motors/levers/pulleys (hospitals, schools, bakeries, police stations, supermarkets). Choose one of these buildings and brainstorm all the ways in which the devices are used. Decide what sort of sensor the devices are activated by: light sensor, pressure pads, push button switches, time sensor, temperature sensor etc. Why are these sensors the best ones for the job? What would happen if the devices had their sensors swapped? Think of their own design for a fairground ride/controllable vehicle, and decide what sort of sensor would be best suited for their model.

 

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Year 5 Emergency Lesson Plans for DT

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 5 DT are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Topic Lesson Plan
Musical Instruments Design a musical garden for the school. If you were allowed to use any natural material, how would you plan it? Different lengths of branches for a wooden xylophone hanging below the bridge over the pond so the ducks could play it? Shells stung between the trees as on a washing line to catch the wind and whistle?
Bread/Biscuits Focus on health and safety. Children to design a poster. Draw someone in the kitchen breaking all the rules, e.g. hair hanging down, unwashed hands, uncovered wounds and a cat sat at the far end of the chopping board watching.
Moving Toys Think of an everyday toy with moving parts, imagine it made of different materials. Chart the advantages and disadvantages of it being created using different materials e.g. paper, cling film, aluminium foil, wool, fur, wood, tissue and cardboard.

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Year 4 Emergency Lesson Plans for DT

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 4 DT are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Lesson plans for Year 4 DT

Topic Lesson Plan
Money Containers Survey of fastenings on the children's shoes and clothes. Tally chart of findings. Children to look at each one in turn and decided positives/negatives on use of each one on a wallet/purse.
Storybooks Children plan how they would turn (for example) Baa, Baa, Black Sheep into a pop-up book for younger children. Plan on a sheet of A4 folded into 4 or 8 as a storyboard for each line of the nursery rhyme. Children to label and describe moving part for each line.
Torches/Alarms/Lighting It Up Children design a lighting or alarm system for a pet/zoo animal/other creature. How can it be made safe? Who will be able to control it (the animals?) Will it need a movement/light/noise sensor or timer on it? Produce plan on A4 paper, labelled clearly.

Don't worry that DT lessons have to be practical. They can be investigative, remember the design element. Think kinesthetic too… Can the children show you how their robot works with their bodies? In a group?

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Year 3 Emergency Lesson Plans for DT

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 3 DT are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

Topic Lesson Plan
Packaging Give the children a list of materials (e.g. paper, cling film, aluminium foil, wool, fur, wood, tissue, cardboard) and ask them to chart the properties first of all, then think of a product that can be packaged in that material, and finally think of a more suitable material for the packaging.
Sandwich Snacks Focus on health and safety. Children to design a poster. Draw someone in the kitchen breaking all the rules, e.g. hair hanging down, unwashed hands, uncovered wounds and a cat sat at the far end of the chopping board watching.
Moving Monsters Relate to human body. How do we move? List the moving parts and the direction in which they move. What helps us to move more easily? Are there children here who can move in ways which others can't (wiggle ears?) Can you design a moving human body? Label diagram with as much as you can. Ideally great big sheets of paper, draw round one of the children in each group, group work to label.
Photograph Frames This unit looks at free-standing frames. Can the children find anything in the classroom which is free-standing? How are the chairs staying upright? The desks? Pencil pots? Classify as a group, 2 legs, 3, legs, wide base, pedestal etc.

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Emergency Lesson Plans for Geography – Mixed Year Groups

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Mixed Year Group Geography are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Topic Lesson Plan
Geography and numbers How do numbers help us in Geography? Look through atlases if you have any, look up a major city in an encyclopaedia, look at populations, average rainfall charts, heights of mountains, lengths of rivers, etc.
What's in the news? As a continuous unit, you could slot this in as a one-off anytime, helps enormously if you have a current newspaper or access to a TV around the time of a news broadcast, or BBC News online, or a radio (online?) Discuss, and write a summary of discussion:
  What is happening in our local area? How and why is the place changing? How will people in the community respond?
  What will the weather be like today or tomorrow? How does weather vary around the world?
  What is in the local, national or international news today? Where are these places? What is happening there? Why?
  What is in the televised news today? What is happening and why?
Connecting ourselves to the world Another continuous topic (great for supply teachers!), hold discussions, talk about experiences, and write summaries, reports:
  Why do people use faxes? Where do faxes in school come from and go to and why? (I think PDFs are taking over personally, and this needs to be re-written!) Why do people use e-mail? Write a questionnaire to be sent by e-mail to twinned school about their locality, would be sent as an attachment.
  What is the weather like where you are? Look at weather (met-office.gov.uk or bbc.co.uk) elsewhere in the world/UK, and discuss the impact it has on everyday life.
  Where is a place? How will we get there? What will our journey be like? Look at different journeys the children might take that year, possibly through school, compare it to journeys to places they know (swimming pool, local church.)

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Year 6 Emergency Lesson Plans for Geography

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 6 Geography are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Topic Lesson Plan
Investigating rivers If the river dried up/flooded, how would it affect the economy/environment/tourism. Discuss and write report.
The mountain environment Plan a camping holiday in a mountain environment, travel, luggage, activities. Compare to a camping holiday on a coastline. Chart in a table?
Investigating coasts How will an underground tunnel from this coastline to another affect the economy/environment/tourism etc. Discuss and write report.

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Year 5 Emergency Lesson Plans for Geography

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 5 Geography are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Topic Lesson Plan
Water Try and chart how much water the children use in a week in their households. Look at how they can reduce their water use, and at why they would need to too!
Should the high street be closed to traffic? If the high street were closed to traffic, what exceptions would you make to the rule and why? (Ambulances, wagons.)
A contrasting UK locality – Llandudno How does it feel when you are in a contrasting locality? (City for village dwellers, countryside for city children etc.) Write a poem expressing excitement/daunting thought of going in one verse, second verse while you're there, and third verse reflection when you're back home.
Local traffic – an environmental issue Give each group of children a role in society (police/environmental activist/head teacher/OAP etc.) and tell them secretly what their opinion is of a local issue (traffic issue, parking, by-pass, one way street, cycle lanes etc.) and give 5 minutes to come up with an argument. Have a chairperson, and hold a debate. Children to write a summary of views in their books.
Investigating coasts How will an underground tunnel from this coastline to another affect the economy/environment/tourism etc. Discuss and write report.

 

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Year 4 Emergency Lesson Plans for Geography

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 4 Geography are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.

 

Lesson Plans for Year 4 Geography

Topic Lesson Plan
Improving the environment Survey how much paper etc. they think their class throws/wastes in a day, multiply by five for a week, then by 'n' for the whole school to emphasis. Get children to design poster to go up in other classrooms to encourage recycling, using both sides of paper etc.
Village settlers Draw a sizeable island on the board, river running through, beaches, cave, forestation etc., and ask children to label/describe where they would live if they were stranded on the island. Emphasise close to water, building materials (or cave for shelter.) Why would they settle there? Why do they think early settlers chose to live in their village/town?
A village in India This is usually Chembakolli. Ask children to draw a table of differences between their locality and Chembakolli – employment, lives of children, buildings, homes, leisure and food. What do they know, what would they like to know, how would they find out as extension.
How and where do we spend our time? Do a class survey on what leisure activities they did at the weekend. Children to present the results they found. Look at level of exercise on average, and ask children to come up with ways to help children increase the level of exercise, and use of local facilities i.e. park, walks, swimming pool.
How can we improve the area we can see from our window? Draw/label what the view from your window (in school?) will be like in the future.

 

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