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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 in hosting a course please email James Marshall at James@excelsiorgroup.co.uk
Working with James has been a pleasure and education for all of the fencers and coaches, from beginner fencers and trainee fencers, up to international fencers and coaches with decades of experience. We really appreciate James' desire to challenge assumptions but simultaneously his ability to listen to both fencers and coaches on technical and tactical points. He manages to keep his sessions fresh and innovative without losing sight of our central goals. His sessions are challenging and fun and his attention detail is a tribute to his professionalism. Thank you.
14 Oct 2018
Athletic Development Coach – Horsham
Venue: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham. RH13 0LA
Cost: £100 including materials and access to online resources. here.