Burning Calories as a Cricketer
Activity Burning Calories as a Cricketer
Curriculum Area Maths & CPSHE
NC Objectives CPSHE: 3a) & Maths Ma2 1a), 1b), 1c), 1d), 1e), 3a), 3i), 4a) & 4b).

Main learning objective

To understand what calories are and to work out how many calories are burnt during cricket activities. Also write maths word problems from this data.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 15 minutes
  • As a class hold a quick discussion about healthy and unhealthy foods and meals. Use the ‘Balanced Diet’ sheet in the Supporting Material section to aid discussion. Identify one missing feature from the diet (water) and how this is equally important.
  • Ask the class what calories are? Use the information sheet ‘What are Calories’ in the Supporting Material section to aid discussion. Emphasise that calories are not bad for you, but if we eat too many we gain weight if we don’t burn them off.
  • Provide the class with ‘Burning Calories at Different Weights’ in the Supporting Material section to see the difference between individuals when participating in physical activity.
  • From the data, as a class, draw up a list of activities involved when playing cricket, eg, running between the wickets, jogging to change fielding positions, run up to bowl, throwing, etc. Then, try to come up with an estimate of calories burnt per activity. This will need a time, distance or other measure. As a guide, it is said that about 295 calories are burnt per hour playing cricket.


Main Activity 35 Minutes
  • From the list that has been made on the board for calories burnt when completing cricket activities, the class must write their own word problems for comparing the data, eg, how many calories are burnt when bowling an over and then throwing the cricket ball or running three runs (sprinting about 60 yards), etc. These can be totally individual or in the same way as ‘Burning Calories’ in the Activity section.
Plenary 10 Minutes
  • The children return to their partner and go through the answers together.
  • Finish by asking some simple mental questions from the list made.