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Educational Gymnastics: 24th May, Devon.
Children today are physically illiterate. The massive reduction in time spent in free play has led to a generation of people who have yet to experience the joy of movement.
Formal gymnastics (as seen at the Olympics) requires the child to strive to perform very specific skills. The end product of the skill is a desire for uniformity.
Educational Gymnastics starts with the child’s ability as they walk into your class and focusses on how they can develop themselves through exploration and guided discovery.
An example can be seen in this video.
This course will help Teachers and Coaches set up classes for children of all abilities and give you the confidence to create more interesting and varied lessons.
- Introduction to Educational Gymnastics. Historical context, current gaps.
- The Movement Framework: why it is used.
- Planning a lesson: structure, free practice, guided discovery, how to make the most of 45 minutes.
- Practice 1: Getting started and gym layout, essential equipment.
Practice 2: Space
- Practice 3: Body
- Practice 4: Relationship
- Practice 5: Effort
- Summary and overcoming common difficulties.
Each practice will include: working from a sample plan; expanding progressions and regressions; and adjusting for different abilities.
By the end of the course you will be able to use the planning template to organise a term of gymnastics lessons that suits pupils of all abilities.
If you are interested please email James Marshall at James@excelsiorgroup.co.uk
Course location and booking details.
- Location: Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand. EX15 2PL
- Time: 0930- 1530.
- Cost £130 including lunch and course materials.
- Early bird booking £110 by April 30th.
Course Tutor is James Marshall MSc.
James is the head coach of Excelsior Athletic Development Club where 120 gymnasts train every week. He also teaches gymnastics in primary schools. He regularly tutors other coaches and p.e. teachers on workshops and coaching qualifications courses.
I have been working with James since September 2009, with a history of becoming injured in winter months our main goal was to over come this and help my core/hip area to become more stable thus enabling me to run at my full potential. Not only have I made it through the winter months without gaining the usual knee injuries I have also improved my performance to currently become one of the top ranked athletes.
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