The Pedometer Project is an innovative Numeracy and Health and Well being project which will inspire and motivate your class

Who Is The Pedometer Project For?

The Pedometer Project is designed for teachers of upper primary classes who want to develop numeracy skills in their class while promoting physical activity at the same time.


What Is The Pedometer Project?

The Pedometer Project is a whole class project suitable for Primary 4 to Primary 7 classes (7 to 12 years old). It is recommended that a whole term is taken over this project in order to reinforce the skills learnt. This pack includes worksheets, teacher information and display materials.

The aim of the project is to teach numeracy skills whilst promoting physical activity. Through daily practise, pupils will practice numeracy skills including:

  • Understanding four and five digit numbers
  • Adding four and five digit numbers
  • Rounding numbers up and down
  • Understanding measurement and converting between meters and kilometres
  • Adding data to tables and charts.

Each day the children wear pedometers throughout the school day, and each day they complete a table to record how many steps they have taken. They then work through steps to calculate the distance they have travelled over the week. Each day, they move their marker along a wall chart to mark their distance travelled.


Why Your Class Will Love The Pedometer Project

The project is highly motivating for children as the context is real for them. They will want to be able to read the number of steps they have taken each day and to complete the table to move their figure along the chart. They will want to understand their progress and that of their peers. The element of competition with a race to see who can take the most steps in a week, is also highly motivating for pupils.


Differentiation in The Pedometer Project

The pedometer project is appropriate for all abilities within the class. The children all complete the same table at the end of each day, individually. More capable or confident children within the class will master the skills faster and will be provided with additional practise and extension through helping children in the class who find the task more daunting. It is suggested that children use calculators to complete the addition parts of the table. More confident children can be encouraged to complete the calculation mentally then check their answers using a calculator. Children who find the task particularly challenging could work with the teacher when completing their table or could be paired with a confident child so they know who to turn to for help.

In addition to developing the childrens’ numeracy skills, the pedometer project encourages children to think about their physical activity levels and the ways in which they could boost their physical activity.

The Pedometer Project also includes an additional bonus Energy and Activity lesson to develop the children’s learning of healthy eating and the link to physical activity.


Resources Included

  • Detailed notes for teachers for the Pedometer Project, with Scottish Curriculum For Excellence links.
  • Detailed notes for teachers for the linked Energy and Activity lesson, with Scottish Curriculum For Excellence links.
  • Two display sheets.
  • Five teacher sheets.
  • Five worksheets.


Additional Resources Required

  • A class set of pedometers.
  • A wall chart – instructions are provided for making this.
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