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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.

    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

    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.