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Exercise - Age 5-7

Exercise is part of the Health section of PSHE. In this quiz, written for KS1 children in years 1 and 2, we explain how important exercise is for our wellbeing. We also help them to understand the changes that exercise causes in our bodies and wjhy these happen. Finally, the quiz shows children some examples of how they can incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

If you want to grow up to be fit and healthy then exercise is essential. Not only does it make you healthier and stronger, but exercise can also make you feel better about yourself and a happier person. There are lots of ways that you can exercise and it is not necessary to go to a gym. Even your school playground is place where you can exercise.

So, how much do you know about exercise and what it does to our bodies? Have a go at this quiz to find out.

How does your body feel when you exercise?
It feels colder
It freezes
It feels warmer
It stays the same
Your body temperature increases when you exercise and this will make you feel warmer. You will also notice that you start to sweat. This is the body’s way of cooling you down so you don’t get too hot
How often should you exercise?
Once a day
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
It is important that children do some form of exercise every day. This can be a sport class, swimming lesson or even running around with friends
Which sentence is NOT true?
Exercise helps you to stay happy
Exercise helps keep your heart and lungs healthy
Exercise helps you to stay clean
Exercise helps make your muscles stronger
Exercise does not keep us clean - in fact, it is a good idea to have a wash after exercising to remove any dirt or sweat. Exercise is very good at keeping us healthy and happy instead
What should you do after you exercise?
Eat some sweets
Have a drink of water
Have a nap
Tell someone
When you exercise your body starts to sweat and you should replace this by drinking some water
Which of these is not a type of exercise?
Playing computer games
Playing football
You can exercise in lots of different ways but they all involve moving around and getting active. Sitting down and playing computer games can be fun - but it is not exercise
What exercise can you do with your friends in the playground at school?
Horse riding
Exercise can be done when you play games with your friends at school that involve running around
What happens to your muscles when you exercise?
They get weaker
They stay the same
They get smaller
They get stronger
When you exercise, you use your muscles and they start to get bigger and stronger the more you use them
What happens to your breathing when you exercise?
You breathe faster
You breathe the same
You breathe slower
You do not breathe
When you exercise, you breathe faster so that you can get more oxygen into the body
What happens to your heart when you exercise?
It changes colour
It beats harder and faster
It stays the same
It beats slower and softer
When you exercise, you can feel your heart beating harder and faster. This is because it needs to pump more oxygen-rich blood to the muscles
What exercise can you do in a pool?
Not all exercise can be done on the ground. Swimming is a good way to exercise and strengthen our muscles, and needs to be done in water
Author:  Finola Waller

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