Running to Mars

Room 15 used the idea of running to Mars as a fun, visual way to track their running. Each student received a dot sticker after each running session. These stickers were placed on the ‘Running to Mars’ display. Their running sessions and the display were based on continuous jogging without stopping, rather than distance tracking.


Types of movement

Linking to their ‘How do things move?’ inquiry question, students discussed and identified different ways people move on their own. Their brainstorm included movement words like jumping, turning, walking, sprinting, running and jogging. Each type of movement was described and linked to sport activities they engage in. More discussion continued as students began to link sprinting, running and jogging to distance and time span. With teacher support, students were able to link jogging to long distance running.


Zephyr said, It was fun running all the way to Mars. I can’t wait to get there!


Using videos to demonstrate correct jogging methods students were able to copy and use these skills in their own running sessions. Rhythmic pacing and breathing, arms bent and swinging, and eyes up and scanning were the main objectives students focused on.



Students jogged for 15 minutes every day at the same time. This regular routine provided students with understanding of what was happening and when. During these sessions the same goals were reaffirmed; rhythmic pacing and breathing, swinging arms and eyes scanning. Consistent explicit expectations for the jogging sessions contributed to the student’s success in achieving their ‘Running to Mars’ goal.



Before each jogging session the students warmed up and stretched.


Oliver said, I love running. I’m so glad we run everyday!

Going further

After reaching their goal of ‘Running to Mars’, Room 15 discussed their next goal. The students decided to run to Venus.



Ziah said, I couldn’t run at the start but now I can run the whole way without stopping.

Key Competencies

  • Participating & Contributing; participate actively in class and school events.
  • Managing Self; have a ‘can do’ attitude & the ability to establish personal goals, make plans & set high standards for oneself.

Personal Health & Physical Development

Movement Concepts & Motor Skills

  • Develop a wide range of movement skills, using a variety of equipment and play environments.

Positive attitudes; Challenges and social and cultural factors

  • Participate in a range of games and activities and identify the factors that make participation safe and enjoyable.

Students will be able to;

  • understand the difference between walking, jogging and sprinting
  • stretch before running
  • Find their pace for distances
  •  identify hazards when jogging
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