We have developed training and resources for teachers to deliver gymnastics in Scottish primary schools.
The resource has been designed by physical education and gymnastics specialists taking into account the national school curriculum for P1- P3 school years and the range of gymnastics experience of the children.
The programme is delivered through gymnastics clubs in the school’s local area. Clubs who successfully apply to become a delivery centre for this programme will receive a certificate confirming they are an approved delivery centre.
We believe our member clubs are best placed to deliver this programme because they understand their own area and can easily connect with local schools and Active Schools, and it means teachers do not have to travel too far to receive the training.
Clubs can benefit from this programme by:
- making local connections
- broadening the local gymnastics pathway and potential member feed to their club
- further developing their coaches
The teacher training is based around a suggested two-hour workshop. The teachers will leave with a six-week learning block of activity aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence, health and wellbeing outcomes, and significant areas of learning and learning intentions.
The primary Schools programme focuses on the core skills of:
The lesson plans include:
- activity description – including warm up, focus games, stretching activities
- hall layout diagrams
- photos of the activities
- video links showing the activities
- teaching points
Teachers can then access the programme and further resources via Scottish Gymnastics’ online learning platform absorb.
This sportscotland funded programme has been piloted across five local authorities with positive feedback from teachers:
"The pack, gym layout and lessons were fantastic. Really broke down the skills and reduced fear of teaching gymnastics around risk assessment."
"The whole six-week block was so beneficial, a really brilliant CLPL [career-long professional learning] opportunity. To see with the kids, practical, easily accessible and easy shared with colleagues."
"Invaluable opportunity to see how to break skills down into tiny steps that reduces fears around injury."
For further information or to register an interest in the programme contact: firstname.lastname@example.org