In S3 Science this year we will be looking to undertake work that is linked in with key units from Access Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Leading on from last year’s successful work on The Human Body we have made an early start on some related work from the Health and Technology Unit in Biology Access.
Over the next few weeks we will be asking ourselves “What is health?”
To do this, we will be requiring the services of the above sprinting legend, Usain Bolt (well some footage of him in action to be precise).
We will be asking WHY we think Usain Bolt must be a healthy person. What does he do to help him run so quickly? We will consider the following:
- balanced diet
- mental health
Many people might not stop to think that being “happy” is an important part of being healthy. One of our students told us we need “good attitude” to be healthy and we reckon being “happy” comes into that category. So how do we know Usain Bolt is happy? What clues are there that this very fast athlete has a “good attitude”…
We will also be using Usain and some of his fellow sporting superstars to help us will a little number work whilst we’re considering what they do and how good they are at doing it… super athletes are perfect for helping us practise a little time and distance work.
Usain Bolt ran his 100 metres in 9.58 seconds.
How far is 100m? How could we measure this? How fast is 9.58 seconds? How would we measure that? Could we do this with a ruler and wall clock – or do we need something else?
British Triple Jumper Philips Idowu won the Gold Medal at the World Championships. He jumped more than 17 metres. What does that distance look like? Could we measure it? Could we imagine jumping it? We will be heading out into a school corridor near you to work it out for ourselves…
We will also be concentrating on mental health aspects and the things that help each of us relax or make us happy. Maybe not quite as exciteable as Lightning Bolt but enough to help us have “good attitude” on a daily basis. This could be walking or patting your dog, hugging your husband (like Mrs A) or having a soak in some bubblebath. It could be reading a book or watching some sport or even a good film.
The ELP Blog Gossip Columnist may well be coming to a classroom near you to find out what helps different people in school relax and will report back here in due course…