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Primary Teacher Training

We have developed training and resources for primary school teachers to deliver gymnastics.

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 local authority active schools teams. It means teachers do not have to travel too far to receive the training.  

A coach delivers training for school age gymnasts

Why Take Part?

Clubs can benefit from this programme by: 

  • making local connections
  • broadening the local gymnastics pathway and potential members to feed to their club
  • further developing their coaching workforce

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:

  • balance
  • travelling
  • flight 

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 access the programme and further resources via Scottish Gymnastics’ online learning platform absorb.   

The programme has been funded by sportscotland and 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: development@scottishgymnastics.org 

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