Our predictions were mixed, some children thought they wouldn't be fitter because we have access to more stationary games like Ipads and televisions. However others thought they would be because the teachers today encourage play and sport and we have a better understanding of the importance of fitness.
The tests included:
Three blocks shuttle run – two parallel lines, thirty feet apart. A child starts on one line and must run and pick up a bean bag and return it to the starting line. They must repeat this for the second and third bean bag. When they cross the starting line with the ﬁnal bean bag, their time is recorded.
Sit-ups in one minute – one child lays on their back with hands clasped behind their head, while another child holds onto their ankles. The child must sit up and touch their elbows to their knees, returning to the start position each time to score a point.
Press-ups – the child begins with their chest touching the ground and hands placed either side of the shoulders. They then push upwards until their arms are straight and their weight is being supported by the hands and toes. Each time their chest touches the ground they score a point. The test continues until exhaustion halts the movement (no resting is allowed).
Skipping for one minute – the child starts with the rope resting behind their ankles. Each time the rope is passed underneath their feet they score a point.
Standing broad jump – with toes behind a take-off line, a child takes a double-footed jump. The distance is measured, from the take-off line to the nearest part of the child’s body to touch the ground. Knee-bending and arm-swinging are permitted to aid take off.
Take a look at them in action!