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Complete Guide to Primary Gymnastics

Complete Guide to Primary Gymnastics


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    Many teachers hold the misconception that gymnastics is risky and difficult to teach in primary school settings. But author Lindsay Broomfield, an international gymnastics competitor, senior club coach and gymnastics tutor, lays to rest those misconceptions in Complete Guide to Primary Gymnastics.

    Noting that gymnastics is accessible to all and straightforward to teach, Lindsay provides clear instruction for primary teachers and club coaches—even those with little or no experience—to teach gymnastics skills. In fact, this book and DVD package covers everything a teacher or coach needs to know and deliver. Its progressive approach that builds on the basics also allows for a smooth transition for pupils entering year 7.

    Both novice and experienced teachers will find this an invaluable resource offering
    • step-by-step instruction for teaching gymnastics skills;
    • a systematic approach that focuses first on the five basic gymnastics shapes (stretch, tuck, star, straddle and pike) and then applies actions to them;
    • a comprehensive source of creative ideas and themes;
    • a progressive scheme that builds from year to year; and
    • a DVD that shows video clips of all the gymnastics shapes and techniques covered in the book.

    With the video clips, teachers don’t have to worry about being able to perform the shapes and techniques perfectly themselves. They also have access to a complete bank of lesson progressions on the DVD, which covers the entire primary curriculum. Teachers can count on needing less planning time while knowing that the plans are geared to a logical progression scheme and that pupils enjoy the lessons. The DVD also contains an image bank with eye-catching pictures, health and safety guidelines, and set-up diagrams of the apparatus to be used.

    This comprehensive resource explains how physical development patterns influence learning, provides warm-up and cool-down activities and themed games, details how to teach the shapes and techniques and explains how to incorporate large apparatus and hand apparatus into lessons. All of the games and techniques are accompanied by photos or illustrations. Pupils learn the correct use of gymnastics vocabulary, and they expand their social, leadership and communication skills as they work in small groups. They not only develop foundational skills that will benefit them in any sport they choose, but they also learn about their bodies, develop cognitive skills, and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem as they learn new skills.

    Complete Guide to Primary Gymnastics will help teachers meet the early learning goals and primary curriculum guidelines for gymnastics. More than that, it makes gymnastics accessible, fun and rewarding for all pupils and teachers. This handy resource is perfect for primary school teachers, coaches and the children they instruct.


    Resource for primary school teachers, teaching assistants, and gymnastics club coaches.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book and DVD Package
    DVD Contents

    Part I: Teaching Primary School Gymnastics
    Chapter 1. Developing Fundamental Movement Skills Through Gymnastics
    What Are Fundamental Movement Skills?
    Physical Development Patterns in Children
    Body Management Skills
    Locomotor Skills
    Object Control Skills
    Physical Literacy Skills

    Chapter 2. Ensuring Effective Delivery of Gymnastics in Primary Education
    Planning for Gymnastics in Primary Education
    Learning In and Through Gymnastics
    Implementing the Foundation Stage: Early Learning Goals for Physical Education
    Implementing National Curriculum : Four Key Aspects of Learning in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
    Linking Information and Communication Technology With Gymnastics
    Inclusion and Differentiation Objectives
    Class Management and Organisation

    Chapter 3. Using Apparatus in Primary Gymnastics
    Using Large Apparatus
    Using Hand Apparatus
    Impermissible Apparatus for Primary Schools

    Chapter 4. Attainment and Assessment
    Foundation Stage Profile for Assessment
    Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2 Physical Education Attainment Targets: Level Descriptions 1 to 5
    Guidelines for Assessing Gymnastics Performances
    Features of Progressions in Gymnastics from Foundation Stage to KS1 to KS2 Based on the Scheme of Work on the DVD

    Part II: Gymnastics Warm-Up, Cool-Down, Techniques and Games
    Chapter 5. Preparing For and Recovering From Physical Activity
    Preparing For Physical Activity: The Warm-Up
    Recovering From Physical Activity: The Cool-Down

    Chapter 6. Basic Gymnastics Shapes
    Stretch Shape
    Tuck Shape
    Star Shape
    Straddle Shape
    Pike Shape

    Chapter 7. Postural Shapes
    Box Shape
    Front Support
    Back Support
    Arch Shape
    Dish Shape

    Chapter 8. Rolling Techniques
    Stretch Roll
    Tuck Roll
    Side Roll
    Half Roll
    Straddle Roll
    Forward Roll

    Chapter 9. Inversions

    Chapter 10. Partner Work
    Base and Top: Who Is Who?
    Scheme of Work
    Top Postural Shapes
    Box Base Balances
    Counterbalances and Countertensions

    Chapter 11. Themed Games
    Space Finding Numbers
    Gymnastics Beans
    Road Traffic Signs
    Washing the Clothes
    Creature Movements
    Physical Literacy Ideas

    About the Author

    About the Author

    Lindsay Broomfield has been working alongside primary school teachers since 2003. As a youngster, Broomfield competed at national and international levels in artistic gymnastics. More recently, she has specialised in grassroots gymnastics through her own gymnastics club, developing children’s basic elementary skills and fitness levels alongside gymnastics-specific skills.

    Broomfield is a gymnastics tutor and has delivered Teachers Awards at primary and secondary levels. She has written teaching resources for UK Gymnastics and she tutors for the delivery agency in Wiltshire, delivering TOP Gym as part of the Primary Teachers’ Continued Professional Development Programme. She is also qualified to tutor fundamentals and sports acrobatics.

    Broomfield has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Winchester, delivering modules on physical development and physical education.