- 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
- 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 – KS2 A
- Level 1 basic and level 1 intermediate trick list
- 30 seconds jumping certificate and sheet
- 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 - backwards jump
- First step is to turn the rope up and over your head without jumping
- Now do the same arm movement but jump it once, you can use the same method as the forwards jump; ready, set, turn and jump.
- Once you have the technique and ensure your arms are low you can see how many jumps you can do
Activity 3 - 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 4 - Speed Step
- This is a running step on the spot.
- Alternative feet touching the ground every jump (You are hopping from one foot to another each time the rope comes around)
- Feet high enough to clear the rope, making sure your knees come up in front of you instead of flicking behind you.
Activity 5 - THE X
- This is very like the side straddle.
- But instead of bringing your feet together again you cross them over in the middle.
This can also be done using double or single bounce.
Activity 6 - Basic Push-Up
- As the rope comes over their head they go into a crouch position with the rope and hands on the floor in front of them.
- Then they jump their feet out behind them into a push up position keeping their arms straight with hands underneath their shoulders.
- Then they jump their feet back into the crouch position keeping their hands in the same place throughout.
Activity 7 - Butterfly
- This is done with two ropes.
- Skippers should stand next to each other with one rope each as if they are about to start single rope.
- The rope should then be behind their feet.
- They then need to swap inside handles of each person.
- The ropes will then be crossed over in the middle.
- Now, once they start jumping and turning they are turning each other’s ropes
- Both skippers need to jump and turn together.
- This is the same as doing single rope skipping but you are in control of your partner’s rope also and need to jump at the same time.
Once the pairs have achieved the basic butterfly, you can add people on and switch their ropes over, so that you have 3,4,5 and so on people performing a butterfly together.