KS1 – Plan A – Lesson 4

Objectives

  • Introduce jump rope to children of all ages
  • Ensure the correct techniques are used throughout the lessons
  • Gain confidence with skipping ropes being part of a PE lesson
  • Improve co-ordination and stamina
  • Remember, repeat and link combinations of actions

Resources:

  • A class set of ropes, we recommend:
  • 30 x 8ft ropes
  • 2-3 x double dutch set
  • 1 x adult rope for the teacher
  • Jump Rope UK Online resources – KS1 A
  • Level 1 basic trick list
  • level 1 basic Certificate, 1 minute challenge certificate

Safety:

  • Make sure each child has enough space to skip
  • Ensure the children look around them before they attempt to turn the rope
  • Make sure that the children hold the rope up when they are walking with it
  • We recommend that the children tie the ropes around their waist when they are not using it
  • Children must jump on the balls of their feet
  • If you are working on long rope skills, ensure the rope clears the children’s feet adequately. If you don’t think the rope will clear their feet and may trip on the rope, drop the handle of the rope on the floor. This will stop the children from getting the rope caught on their fee
  • Ask all children to face the same direction when skipping, ensuring all ropes go in the same direction, this will make it easier for the teacher to walk around and help the children.

Activity 1 - Forwards jump

  • Turning the rope over their head (no jumping) they start with their arms by their side, like they are holding a dinner tray; not up by their shoulders. Get them to draw a big circle over their head so the rope lands in front of them. do this a few times to ensure they have the correct turning technique.
  • Turning the rope over their head and one jump. Ensure you use the timing; ready, set, turn and jump. So that they turn their jump rope on the word ‘turn’ and jump over the jump rope on the word ‘jump’. This is so they don’t turn and jump at the same time. do this a few times remember the timing. Remind them to keep their feet together when they jump.
  • Don’t worry if they can’t get it first time. Just keep encouraging good technique and timing.

Activity 2 - Skier

  • First you should get the children to find a line on the floor; if there are no lines on the floor then use a rope as a line.
  • You should try this trick without the rope first. Using the line/rope, you jump over it side to side, this is just a small movement.
  • The jumper moves from side to side.
  • This is not a big movement.
  • Ensuring their hands stay close to their body.
  • When using their rope, you can use a line on the floor for them to jump over.

Activity 3 - BELL

  • First you should get the children to find a line on the floor; if there are no lines on the floor then use their rope as a line.
  • You should try this trick without the rope first.
  • The jumper moves from front to back.
  • This is not a big movement.
  • Ensuring their hands stay close to their body.
  • When using a rope, you can use a line on the floor for them to jump over.

Activity 4 - side straddle

For this trick it is helpful for the children to try it first without a rope.

  • First your feet go apart in a star jump motion.
  • Then your feet come back together again.
  • Ensuring your arms stay by your side whilst jumping with the rope.

Activity 5 - forward straddle

  • First one leg goes in front and the other leg behind. Ensuring that their legs go down at the same time.
  • Then they come back to the middle again.
  • Again, this can be done in single or double bounce, depending on the skipper.

Activity 6 - long rope - how many jumps

  • For this activity the teacher and a child can turn the rope.
  • Each class member takes it in turns to jump in the long rope with the rest of the class and teacher counting them. Let them do 10-20 jumps and then switch over.
  • Place the child in the middle of the rope on a marked spot.
  • Ask the child to watch the rope and as it comes around they should jump over it. The child should maintain a rhythm.
  • The aim is to turn the rope once for every two bounces the child does.