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This week our youngest children in Pre-School participated in their very first gymnastics lesson using the big apparatus in the school hall.

 

The children who are all aged three or four were developing their gross motor skills by balancing while walking along a bench, they were developing their core muscles (tummy muscles) by hanging on the ropes and they were practising how to jump and land two footed from the agility tables. 

 

It was brilliant to see the children moving so confidently on apparatus they had never used before and experimenting with different travels along the benches and planks. 

 

The children were all taught some basic safety rules before they started and remembered these throughout the session.  The yellow skipping ropes clearly marked the highest point that the children could climb to on the wall bars and the mats showed the children where they were allowed to jump off the equipment.

 

Mrs Ritter, EYFS lead at Heronswood said, “It is really important that our youngest children have the opportunities to develop their gross motor skills to support their early writing skills.  The first stages of writing come from the shoulder pivot where the child draws with a straight arm.  Building the shoulder muscles enables them to progress onto elbow and then wrist pivots.”