Do children get faster as they grow older?

In Science this term, Year 2 have been learning all about how animals (including humans) change as they grow. We have learned the names of adult animals and their young, how different animals have different life cycles and how to identify whether an animal is a mammal, amphibian, bird or reptile.

This week, the children have been learning and investigating how humans change as we grow. We have had deep discussions about our scientific question: ‘Do children get faster as they grow older?’ At first, we all believed that children do get faster as they get older, with most of us thinking about running. Then, we spoke about other things the question could mean in relation to being faster, such as getting changed, eating a banana or completing 10 jumps. The more the children thought about the question, the more unsure they were of the answer!

So, we decided to test it! We wrote our predictions and then went into the hall to time ourselves running the length of the hall. We then invited five Reception children to time running the length of the hall and compared these times to Year 2. Amazingly, some of the reception children were faster than some of our Year 2s! However, in general Year 2 were faster at running than Reception.

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