AGES 11-14

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On your marks … get set … breathe

How does exercise affect our breath and breathing?

On your marks … get set … breathe is a group of four experiments all about breathing and lung function. Students use lung volume bags, peak flow meters and pulse oximeters (provided in the In the Zone box from 2012) to explore how their lungs work. They will collect and compare their results in order to find out how different activities affect their breathing.

The experiments can be carried out in the science classroom but there is an opportunity for collaboration with your PE department and use of their facilities. Download comprehensive teacher and student resources here.

Measuring lung volume

The experiments

We all know that breathing is vital for everyday life, but these experiments will allow your students to explore their own lungs and breathing, as well as gain some insights into how breathing can affect sporting performance.

Find out more about the experiments

Teacher resources

Everything you'll need for each lesson in this unit, including:

  • An introduction and curriculum guide
  • Equipment instructions
  • Technician notes
  • Lesson plans and teacher sheets
  • Student knowledge cards and worksheets

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Live Data Zone

Done the experiments? Now upload your results to the Live Data Zone. You can compare your peak flow and vital capacity to other students in your school and across the UK, and analyse the data set for trends using interactive graphs.

Go to the Live Data Zone

Any questions?

If you need information or or have a question about In the Zone, please view our help and support page, which answers some frequently asked questions.

If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us and we'll do our best to help.

If you have specific questions about the experiments or using the resources for this unit, please view the frequently asked questions about In the Zone for ages 11-14.

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