Physical Fitness

For many students, this should be a relevant and motivating activity, giving them a chance to use their previous knowledge and experience and (with help from your PE colleagues) provide data from which to gauge physical fitness. The purpose of the activity is to provide a graphical ready reckoner to assess physical fitness, and the challenge is to construct this and ultimately use it in practical situations.

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Summary

For many students, this should be a relevant and motivating activity, giving them a chance to use their previous knowledge and experience and (with help from your PE colleagues) provide data from which to gauge physical fitness. The purpose of the activity is to provide a graphical ready reckoner to assess physical fitness, and the challenge is to construct this and ultimately use it in practical situations.

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Mathematical strand

  • Algebra and Graphs

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Prior knowledge

Substituting into formulae and graphing straight lines

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • C&G
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/ Edexcel
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

Initial discussion about the problem of assessing physical fitness using the experiences of members of the group. Working in pairs on the calculations would be appropriate and extending the activity could be a useful homework task.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview there are:

  • Teacher notes
  • Handout with relevant data and questions posed

Relevant digital technologies

No technology needed although a graph-drawing calculator could be helpful.

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Possible extensions

The extensions suggested are based on researching other methods of measuring progress in physical fitness and these might or might not require much mathematical analysis.

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Acknowledgement

This is a resource developed for CMSP by David Burghes (CIMT, Plymouth University).