Pulse Rates after Cricket Activities
Activity Cricket Skills Circuit Activities
Curriculum Area Maths & P.E
NC Objectives Maths: Ma3 4a), 4b) Ma4 1f), 2b), 2c) & 2f) P.E: 4a), 4b), 4c), 4d), 10a), 10b) & 10c).

Main learning objective

To understand the effects and benefits of exercise on our bodies and to move bodies in a controlled and coordinated way.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 5 minutes
  • Discuss the benefits of exercise and reasons for warming up before exercise. Discuss the heart and how an efficient and strong heart can distribute the blood more efficiently and therefore not beat quite so fast.
  • Also discuss recovery rate and how this can also indicate a stronger, healthier heart with a quicker recovery time. Use ‘How to take a pulse rate’ in the Supporting Material section and the class have a go at finding their own pulse rates and record BPM (beats per minute) by counting the beats for fifteen seconds and then multiplying by four.


Main Activity 30 Minutes
  • Get the class to carry out specific cricket skills circuit activities, lasting for two minutes at a time, and they must count how many of each activity they complete and what their heart rate is afterwards.
  • Use the ‘Cricket skills circuit activities’ worksheet in the Activity section to record data and find out the activities to follow.
  • Complete all of the activities, and the rest in between activities when counting the partner’s repetitions should be sufficient for heart rate to return to close to resting state.


Plenary 25 Minutes
  • Quickly move around the class and firstly look at the number of repetitions of each cricket activity and then look at the heart rate. Discuss any obvious differences and possible reasons for these.
  • The teacher could also collate the information and then provide the information to the class to draw a graph from, eg, A bar graph to show heart rate after two minutes of each cricket activity.