Primary Aged
Virtual Lessons

Primary Aged Virtual Lesson – Landings

Motorbikes, Motorbikes, Motorbikes!

In this lesson you see us reinforcing our motorbike and safety landings a lot! We teach this because keeping the kids safe (to use in all sports & movement journey’s) is our first priority!

This week’s primary age virtual lesson we are focusing on Landings.
The importance of knowing how to land safely out of skills is paramount in gymnastics. This is something that we teach first and continue to teach throughout the year.
You will see it throughout our programs in the gym.

Safety being our number one value means that landings and safety go hand in hand. The ideal jump landing allows an athlete to safely and efficiently absorb shock through the joints (hips, knees, and ankles) during the landing.

 You will also see us focusing on other safety landings such as side shoulder roll, forward safety landing and backward safety landing.

When we have too much power and force moving in a certain direction it is hard to stop immediately, this is why we use our forward safety landing, backward safety landing and our side shoulder rolls. This gives us the ability to slow ourselves down in a safe way and to distribute some of the impact across the body to help protect ourselves.

Through repetition this will become an automatic response in our brains and will happen naturally, this assists in preventing and limiting serious injury. As you are aware these skills are helpful in all aspects of our lives from all sports to everyday life!

Before the virtual class today there are a few important coaching points that will assist your children in keeping them safe with their landing activities.
– Feet and knees shoulder width apart
– Parallel with feet and knees, tracking knees in line with toes
– Knees behind feet
– Absorbing the force through your hips, knees, ankles
– Chest and back tall, head neutral
– Fwd safety landing
– Encourage slightly bent elbows when lowering yourself down to your stomach, and cheek
– Side shoulder roll
– Encourage a rounded back for the rolling

SAFETY FIRST:
– Modifications should be made appropriate for child’s age/ability
– Ensure your have a safe space to prior to beginning the lesson (clear any objects or items that may be dangerous)
– Parent supervision is highly recommended
– Keep in mind you can also pause the video and take a little extra time for your child to further practice any of the activities they enjoyed!

Before Harriet takes us through our activities make sure to have a small height (or couch cushion), as well as 3 of your favourite soft toys, a ball (preferably football) and blue tack / markers.

Enjoy, and feel free to share the fun with us by tagging @peninsula_gymnastics_vic #teachingmovementforlife #startheregymanywhere

Primary Aged Virtual Lesson – Spring

Here it is, this week’s primary age virtual lesson is out now for your child to stay active and enjoy. Our focus for this week’s lesson is Spring. 

Spring occurs when the body leaves a surface. So today we incorporate running, leaping, hopping and jumping into our virtual lesson to encourage a fast powerful spring action through our knees and ankles. 

In our gym space we usually use a wide variation of teaching aids to assist in developing spring. For example we use different surfaces such as on trampolines, spring boards, sprung floors and even the balance beam to provide a more difficult challenge. 

There are so many benefits where these skills come into play in other sporting activities that you might have noticed and seen a difference in already. Taking a mark of the footy, leaping to catch a netball or basketball, athletic events, leaping across the tennis court, volleyball, dancing, cricket you name it.

When helping your child with their virtual class today there are a few important things to help assist them and keep them safe with their spring activities. 

  • We encourage bending through their knees on take off and landing
  • Using an arm swing to assist with jump (avoiding any arm circles)
  • Having chest & back upright, head in a neutral position 

This can take a while to master the rhythm and timing, today’s lesson will give them plenty of opportunities to practice these skills.

We know how much your child loves to jump, the need for movement like this is a sign of healthy development. Let’s encourage this springing action and join in the jumping fun too!

Safety being our number one value remember:
– Modifications should be made appropriate for child’s age/ability
– Ensure you have a safe space to prior to beginning the lesson
(clear any objects or items that may be dangerous)
– Parent supervision is highly recommended
– Keep in mind you can also pause the video and take a little extra time for your child to further practice any of the activities they enjoyed!

Before Harriet takes us through our activities make sure to have some towels folded to make a beam or a masking tape line to balance along as well as 5 of your favourite soft toys!

Enjoy, and feel free to share the fun with us by tagging
@peninsula_gymnastics_vic
#teachingmovementforlife
#startheregymanywhere

Primary Aged Virtual Lesson – Coordination

We get your child’s mind and body working with todays Primary Aged Virtual Lesson!   With the Virtual Lessons now available you can continue to keep your body moving with us from home!

Today we focus on coordination.

Coordination unites both visual and motor skills. By practising these more complex movements it allows us to create more efficient movements, using less energy. We use coordination a lot in gymnastics, all of our skills require some level of coordination, some more complex than others.

For our recreational classes it is a great way for us to prepare our body for specific gymnastic skills such as handstands, cartwheels and vaulting activities. But the skills we learn not only help us in the gym they also help us with the coordination needed for so many other sports like athletics and hand and eye coordination needed for ball sports.

Safety being our number one value remember:
– Modifications should be made appropriate for child’s age/ability
– Ensure your have a safe space to prior to beginning the lesson (clear any objects or items that may be dangerous)
– Parent supervision is highly recommended
– Keep in mind you can also pause the video and take a little extra time to further practice any of the activities you enjoy most!

Before Harriet takes us through our activities make sure to have some towels folded to make a beam or a masking tape line to balance along, as well as 5 of your favourite soft toys, and 3x long socks, scarfs or tea towels for juggling!

Enjoy, and feel free to share the fun with us by tagging @peninsula_gymnastics_vic #startheregoanywhere #startheregymanywhere

Primary ages, it’s your turn!
With our first Primary Aged Virtual Lesson now available you can continue to keep your body moving with us from home!
 
Today’s lesson focus is Balance. Balance helps us to stay upright regardless of whether we are standing still or on the move. We use Balance a lot in the gym however there are plenty of areas outside of gymnastics that challenges our balance for example: riding our bikes, surfing and skate boarding! So join us in challenging your Balance, together we can further develop proprioception, body control and ankle stability! Make sure to have some towels folded to make a beam or a masking tape line to balance along aswell as 5 of your favourite soft toys!
 
Safety being our number one value remember:
-modifications should be made appropriate for child’s age/ability
-ensure your have a safe space to prior to beginning the lesson (clear any objects or items that may be dangerous)
-parent supervision is highly reccommended
-keep in mind you can also pause the video and take a little extra time to further practice any of the activities you enjoy most!
 
 
Enjoy, and feel free to share the fun with us by tagging
@peninsula_gymnastics_vic
#startheregoanywhere #startheregymanywhere