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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Leaping

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills leaping lessons

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat). Leap is one of the primary eleven important fundamental motor skills to learn,

particularly for students in Early Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance

 of leaping, as these actions require proper coordination and strength from

multiple body segments to produce the skill.  Children will develop improved

hand-eye coordination through multiple activities and game play.

In this lessons pack, students will learn:

  1. Forward movement sustained throughout the leap

  2. Eyes focused forward throughout the leap

  3. Take off on one foot and land on the opposite foot

  4. During flight legs are straightened with the arms held in opposition
    to the legs

  5. Controlled landing without losing balance 


Teaching Leaping is a great way to engage your students with essential

fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes coordination and team

skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Leaping Lessons Pack (click the link above).  You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills leaping lessons
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