This activity introduces children to informal measures to compare distances, and is designed to be accessible to primary pupils at Key Stage 1.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.



Can You Do it Too?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2Challenge Level:2

Here are some pictures of people throwing things in Olympic events.
The first one shows a man throwing a hammer and the second shows a man throwing a discus.

They can throw them a long way. A recent Olympic record for throwing the hammer was about $80$ adult paces and for throwing the discus was about $70$ adult paces.

How far can you throw a beanbag?

Can you throw a beanbag $70$ paces?

Can you throw a beanbag $80$ paces?

 

Photograph acknowledgements
http://armyphoto.wordpress.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zoltan_Kovago_o.jpg

 

Further information

If you're finding hard to get started, try looking at this hint.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.