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Seawater is not safe to drink and it tastes yucky.


This KS2 PSHE quiz will help you learn about the important roles water has in our bodies and give you ideas on how you can increase your water intake to maintain your health.

In order to live a healthy lifestyle it is important that we eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. Water has many benefits for both physical and mental health. The majority of bodily functions require water in order to work effectively, keeping us healthy and preventing illness. A large proportion of our body is made up of water but this is lost during the day through various methods, so it is vital that we replace the lost water to prevent dehydration occurring as this can be a dangerous condition. Water can be found in many places however not all of it is safe to drink and can be used for other reasons instead. For health and safety reasons you should only drink bottled water and tap water if you have been told by an adult it is safe to do so. Rain, lake and seawater is not safe to drink because it has not been purified and may contain parasites and bacteria that can cause illness.

What happens if you do not drink enough water?
You might feel full of energy
You might feel tired and get a headache
Your fingers and toes might hurt
You might get earache
When your body does not have enough water, it can start to feel tired and you might even get a headache. This is your body's way of asking for a drink and telling you that it is feeling dehydrated
How much of our brain is water?
Our brains are made up of at least 85% water
How much water should we drink every day?
6-8 glasses
10-12 glasses
3-5 glasses
1-2 glasses
You should be drinking between 6 and 8 glasses of water every day with between 125-150ml of water in each glass for smaller children and 250ml–300ml for older children and adults
Which of the following does NOT require water?
Regulation of body temperature
The ability to hear
Cleaning of the blood
Removal of waste products
Water contributes to most bodily functions including the regulation of temperature, cleaning the blood as it passes through the kidneys and digesting food and the removal of waste from the body
What percentage of our body is made up of water?
On average our bodies are made up of between 55 and 70% of water, with children averaging at 65%
How does water help our bones?
It keeps them straight
It helps them stay hard
It helps with the joint movement
It keeps them clean
Water is found around the joints of our bones mixed with cartilage to stop our bones rubbing together
When should you drink extra water?
After you have done a maths test
When you wake up in the middle of the night
Before you go to bed
After you have done some exercise
When you exercise, your body sweats and this removes some of the water you need. It is important that you drink some extra water afterwards to replace what has been lost
Which of these is NOT a way we lose water from the body?
Going to the toilet
Our bodies lose water on a regular basis in a number of ways including going to the toilet, sweating and even breathing. This is why it is important to replace the water daily
How often should you drink water?
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Every day
It is important that you drink water every single day to help it do all the jobs it needs to in order to keep you healthy and hydrated
If you do not like the taste of water how can you change it but still keep it healthy?
Mix it with fizzy pop
Mix it with coffee
Mix it with milk
Mix it with sugar-free cordial
If you do not like the taste of water you can mix it with some sugar-free cordial. This will change the taste but still help you get your recommended amount of water


Author:  Terri Brown

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