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Science at key stages 1 and 2    (Year 5)

Unit 5A: Keeping healthy

About this unit

This unit helps children to learn that there are many aspects to keeping healthy. Children learn about the heart and how heart beat is affected by exercise and relate this to what they already know about movement and exercise.

Experimental and investigative work focuses on:

  • repeating measurements
  • representing data in bar charts and graphs, and interpreting these
  • using results to draw conclusions.
Work in this unit also offers opportunities for children to find out how early scientific ideas about diet and health were tested. It helps them to use knowledge and understanding of science to explain and interpret phenomena related to their personal health. Teaching about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs is likely to be undertaken in relation to the school's education programme for personal, social and health education.

This unit takes approximately 10 hours.

Sections in this unit

This unit is divided into sections. Each section contains a sequence of activities with related objectives and outcomes. You can view this unit by moving through the sections or print/download the whole unit.
1. Introduction
2. A poor diet
3. A varied diet
4. Exercising
5. The heart and lungs
6. Measuring pulse rate
7. Fast and slow pulse rates
8. Exercise and pulse rate
9. Drugs, tobacco, alcohol and health