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Catherine Wayte

Primary School

Sport Science Explore Week

We had a successful Explore Week based on Sports Science during which children had memorable, first-hand experiences of how sport can link in with science.
Reception children learnt about body parts and different balances, as well learning songs.
Years 1 and 2 investigated how fast Usain Bolt can run and how far they could run in his 100m world record time of 9.58 seconds. In addition, they also experimented on reaction times, seeing how quickly children could catch a ruler with their thumbs and fingers.
Years 3 and 4 carried out experiments whether there was a link between leg length and how far people could jump.
Year 5 investigated the link between the heart and exercise, which required learning how to take pulse rates and calculating recovery rates.
Year 6 looked at the correlation between arm length and how far people could throw.
Most year groups used this opportunity to cover data handling and draw conclusions. Here is Year 4's conclusion: We found out that the length of our leg does not necessarily affect the length of our jump. We hypothesized that it was probably due to the muscle power in our thighs.
A couple of children from each year group then shared their learning with the school in a whole school assembly. It was fantastic to hear what everyone had been learning about and hear how the children were enthused about their learning.