Click on the unit number below to download the
cover lessons for that unit. Click here for support
on using the cover lessons.
Cover lessons for further units will be provided
Using the cover lessons
These notes provide a set of ready-made instructions
for use in cover lessons, together with a list of the resources
needed. The cover lessons for each Unit are in a separate Word document,
so that you can amend them to suit the needs of your department.
Each topic has three suggested 'routes' depending
on the ability level of the group. Just select the appropriate route,
and fill in the number of books/worksheets needed for the class.
We have assumed that lessons are around an hour long; we have tried
to provide more than enough work for each lesson, so a class will
probably not get through all the activities listed. If you have
any preference as to which activities are most important, mark these
up for the cover teacher, or cross out/delete any that you do not
think are suitable.
The cover lessons have been written assuming that
the cover/supply teacher is not a science specialist. No practical
work has been included, but activities such as display work or poster
making have been included where appropriate.
The Teacher's Guide has been put down as part of
the list of resources for every lesson. This is so that cover teachers
have a set of answers available so they can help pupils even if
they are not subject specialists. They may also wish to refer to
the Background Information for the Unit, which is available in the
The work provided does not involve pupils copying
from the textbook, although they are occasionally asked to copy
and label a diagram. It has sometimes been necessary to specify
worksheets for a higher level, to ensure that enough work has been
set. If this is the case, then the harder sheets are used in the
lesson when pupils have the opportunity to discuss their work with
each other or with the cover teacher. Homework sheets are at the
right level for the route being followed.
There is a space at the end of the notes for you
to fill in the day/date that homework should be returned, so that
the cover teacher can tell the class.