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Good afternoon Year Six,


Today's investigation is going to explore the link between exercise and our heart rate. My walk around Hebden Bridge last week really made me consider the impact that living in the valley has on your bodies, access to space, and attitudes towards physical exercise (children I know in London would find the walks you do every day really challenging - whereas to you, they're just the fastest route home!). 


Your task this afternoon, is to participate in different activities and explore the impact this has on your heart rate. What can you do that really gets your heart beating? Is exercise the only thing that gets your pulse racing? And how long does it take for your pulse rate to return to its resting rate once its been elevated?


Before we begin, you should find the definitions of the words highlighted in green above.


National Curriculum

Warm Up

Teaching Slides

How to check your pulse

Emily Reeve, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, shows you how to check your pulse. Find out more about why it's so important to be able to...


TASK: Follow the steps below as you carry out your investigation.


  1. Write a Prediction of what you think will happen in your experiment.
  2. Draw or use the Results Table provided to record your findings throughout the investigation.
  3. Measure your resting heart rate by sitting down and finding your pulse. Count the beats per minute (BPM), you will need to set a timer for 60 seconds and then record this on in your table.
  4. Then choose 5 different exercises to carry out at home. Take part in these exercises for 2 minutes each and then measure your heart rate counting the beats per minute (BPM). Record these exercise results in your table.
  5. Write a Method of the steps you followed (1,2,3 etc) to carry out your experiment. What equipment did you need? 
  6. Write a Conclusion about what you found during your experiment. Was your prediction correct? What would you change if you were to do this experiment again?


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