By recording their own physical activity over a period of one week, the students are learning to become aware of the activities they participate in. This will then be used to help the students formulate short term goals.
Ask students to collect data related to their engagement in physical activity by completing a Physical activity diary (U5L1R1) over a period of one week. Data needs to include the nature and time spent on the recorded activities including classifying the level of physical activity as low level, moderate or vigorous. At the end of the data collection period, in small groups, students discuss and draw conclusions about the physical activities in which they participate based on the amount of time spent, range, frequency and other noticeable patterns of their engagement. Students then prepare a graph to illustrate their own physical activity patterns. Using the data collected, the class then discusses and makes generalisations about the overall patterns of physical activity including:
- Most popular forms of engagement
- Unusual or diverse activities
- Reasons that might influence specific choices
Setting goals - Using the worksheet Goal Setting Exercise (U5L1R2), ask students to set short term goals to increase their activity participation levels. In setting personal goals, students need to identify their own personal preferences in maintaining a life-long habit. It is important for them to set realistic goals to increase their activity level.
Ask students to visit the 'Outdoor Games' section of the site and choose some games to play at home as a family in the coming week.
Where available, using a pedometer each day to measure activity levels (i.e. number of steps) and calculating the daily average over a one week period provide a straight forward way to set targets for the following week e.g. by increasing the average number of steps by 10%. Alternatively, this could be done by calculating an average daily time allocation and targeting a 10% increase in the subsequent week.
The Department of Health & Ageing National Recommendations for Physical Activity can be found at: