This is our third home learning Gymnastics session! As usual, take you shoes off, make some space in your bedroom or your living room and get ready for some fun.
Each Gymnastics session is organised in two parts: one part where you are learning or practicing movements and skills and the other part about discovering some of the types of Gymnastics.
The learning intention we are covering with this topic are the following:
I am discovering ways that I can link actions and skills to create movement patterns and sequences. This has motivated me to practice and improve my skills to develop control and flow.
I can recognise progress and achievement by discussing my thoughts and feelings and giving and accepting feedback.
Part One – Rolls
Last week, we worked on our first routine made of various shapes. Can you remember what was your routine? Can you perform it again?
Again this week, we will keep on focusing on the control of our body and the accuracy of our postures while introducing 4 types of rolls.
Warm up – Put on your favourite tune, turn the volume on and show off your best dance move! Make sure you move all parts of your body and that you increase your heart rate!
Before you practice and perform the following rolls, make sure it is safe to do so. If you are not sure, just check with an adult. Check that you have enough space around you and that the space is clear from tripping hazards. Ideally you would want to use a yoga mat or a rug as it will be more comfortable and will help you to manage the space.
The four rolls we are going to work on are the following: Teddy bear roll, Egg roll, Pencil Roll and Dish Roll.
Have a look at the 4 posters attached and at the videos.
- Teddy bear roll – Think about: Sit down with your back straight, straight open legs. Grab the side of your knees with your hands. Roll on your elbow, your back and then opposite elbow. Create enough momentum to end back sitting down the opposite way of your start position.
Practice rolling on both sides – there’s always an easier one. Try to keep the momentum to complete multiple rolls in a row.
- Egg roll – Think about: Start from a tuck shape on your back, bring your knees close to your chest with your hands, roll on your side until you get on your knees. Keep the momentum going and roll on to your back.
- Pencil roll – Think about: Start the roll lying straight on your tummy, legs straight, big toes together, arms straights, hands together, tuck your head between your arms. Roll on your side and your back to create a momentum to roll back on your tummy.
Try to roll in both directions.
- Dish Roll – Think about: Perform a pencil roll but keeping your hand and feet. Use the momentum to perform a couple of rotation. Practice both sides.
Give a go at those 4 rolls and make sure you perform them with control of your movements and with accuracy.
- Ask someone to give you feedback on the quality of your rolls.
- Practice each of them both sides as we often have a favourite direction to perform them.
- Remember to stay safe when you perform those exercises.
Part Two – TeamGym and Rhythmic
Step One – Discover
We have now learnt about Artistic, Trampoline, DMT and Tumble. This week, we will learn about 2 new gymnastics disciplines; Rhythmic and TeamGym.
Rhythmic – This discipline is in the Olympics. The gymnast uses different apparatus for their different routines. All are performed on a carpet. Sometimes, the gymnastics are in a group and sometimes they are on their own.
TeamGym – This discipline is not in the Olympics. The gymnasts perform in a team and have to be as fast as possible. They use tumble, trampette and do a floor routine.
Step Two – Watch
Here is a video of each discipline. Can you think of three words to describe each discipline? For example, Rhythmic Gymnastics is graceful and TeamGym is dynamic.