KS1: Part 3. Face Vault and Straddle Vault

In this unit your gymnasts will start to take their weight in their arms we introduce them to the tuck and straddle vault.

Drawing on what we have worked on in previous sessions your gymnasts will continue to work on their strength and balance while also being given the chance to learn the exciting tuck and straddle vault.

Starting slowly and gradually increasing in difficulty this unit focuses on taking the weight in your arms, concentrating on keeping them rigid so that your children can practice the vault in safety on and over low apparatus.

Skills covered:

  • Putting weight on hands to vault over and along a bench
  • Modified V sit in the pike shape
  • Review what we've already learned

Both specialist and non-specialist teachers will be able to work through this course since it is logical in format and straight forward in content, with film clips illustrating the sort of outcomes children might be expected to achieve. The content of each Unit is concentrated and the teacher's objective should not be to cram all the material into one session, but rather to water it down and where necessary take several lessons to cover a Unit while following the suggested format, from Body Temperature Raising to Calm Down in each lesson.

The limits of and duration of the Scheme of Work may be extended simply by 'going higher' in an apparatus context and by 'adding a twist' to the skill level demands.

We trust that what follows will lay firm foundations for the development of a child's gymnastics education and that teacher and pupil alike will have fun exploring the exciting world of gymnastics.

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