Children have been learning about healthy eating and the human body as part of our science unit: Animals, including humans. In today’s lesson, children learned the names and location of a variety of human bones, this included: the skull, the vertebral column (spine); the scapula, the femur, the pelvis, and many others located in both the arms and legs.
Children then looked at investigating movement and set up an investigation that asked the question: does femur size (estimated length in cm) have an impact on the distance jumped? Femur size differed child-to-child and this was the only variable that was different. Variables we kept the same included: type of jump, condition i.e. indoors same starting point, number of jumps per child, etc. We concluded that the longer distances jumped did not necessarily correlate to a longer femur size, as the longest jump was 175cm and the femur size of Child A was 30cm (average). We did, however, note that this may be down to their technique and skill in the jump. We then discussed how we could improve the enquiry and children suggested that they wear their PE uniform and are allowed three jumps instead of won.