Healthy heart, exercise, diet, lifestyle, habits, hydration, heartbeat and survive.
Supports pupils understanding of how an active lifestyle benefits their physical health.
Supports pupils understanding of the risks of an inactive lifestyle.
Helps pupils to understand the importance of regular exercise to keep our body healthy.
Equipment and Resources
Lesson PPT, paper, pen and colours, music, practical space e.g. hall
Introduce the session with the lesson objectives.
Explain what our heart does using slide 3.
Show a video about how the human heart works.
Talk through the did you know facts about the heart on slides 5 – 7.
Ask pupils what the two things are we can do to keep healthy – being active and eating healthily.
Healthy heart habits activity: Working in small groups ask pupils to write down all the things they do to keep their heart healthy. Invite pupils to share what they do with the class.
The heart muscle activity: Ask pupils to make a fist and squeeze their bicep (upper arm) muscle, then relax. Now ask them to flex their quadriceps (thigh muscle), then relax. Next flex their “heart”. Explain that we can’t flex our heart muscle and we must exercise to help make it work harder.
Heart-rate activity: Ask pupils to perform 20-star jumps and then discuss what they notice happens to their body when they exercise. Initiate a whole class discussion. Explain the changes to our bodies during exercise using slide 12.
Healthy heart lifestyle: Ask pupils to discuss the questions on slide 14 in pairs or small groups and gain feedback.
Explain the top tips for maintaining a healthy heart using slide 15.
Healthy heart poster: Ask pupils to design a poster to show how you can maintain a healthy heart.
Reflection time: Recap the lesson with the class. Ask pupils what 3 things they have learnt today and what will you do differently next time.