Year 4 Gymnastics Unit 1 Lesson 4

Learning Intentions

  1. Work in groups of 4 to compose a 6 element sequence
  2. Each member of the group select and plan a compositional component to change the sequence, e.g. levels, matching, speed

Skill Development: Developing four compositional ideas

Success Criteria

  1. I can include four different compositional ideas in my sequence
  2. I chose and included one compositional idea in our group sequence
  3. I taught my sequence to others to make a piece of group work

National Curriculum Links

To work collaboratively with others to include compositional ideas

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: To describe how they used ‘compositional idea.’

Numeracy: To use and identify changes in speed, levels and direction

Starter Activity

Which way now?

Children move around the area using a variety of travelling actions such as running, skipping, jumping and striding. The teacher will give commands for the children to follow, e.g. HIGH LOW FAST SLOW RIGHT LEFT FORWARDS BACKWARDS UP DOWN FREEZE, the children should adapt their movements according to the compositional command, e.g. LOW if they are running can the squat down and still move quickly. These commands will make children aware of the compositional ideas of changing speed, changing direction and using different levels.

Skill Development

Developing four compositional ideas

Working as an individual but pairs may work together on a mat, look at cards showing a variety of compositional ideas. Pupils should choose one and explore ways of using it in their work.

Example: Change of direction – how can I show the use of forwards, backwards, sideways directions in my work? E.g. roll forwards, roll backwards, roll sideways OR skip forwards, roll backwards, jump sideways etc.

  1. Allow pupils time to work through compositional ideas in a variety of ways. Encourage them to change actions to rolls, jumps, hops, skip, slide, crawl etc
  2. Choose a second compositional idea from the cards and explore ways of using it in your work such as height, e.g. Balance close to the floor, balance on knees or one knee, balance on one foot up high, balance on a piece of apparatus

Compositional Ideas

CHANGE OF DIRECTION

CHANGE OF SPEED

UNISON

MATCHING

CHANGE OF LEVELS

Activity

To create and perform a group sequence

In a group of four build a 6 element sequence, each member to be responsible for planning how to use one compositional idea in the sequence.

  • Each member to take a turn to teach their idea to the others.
  • Once all four compositional ideas have been added to the sequence rehearse and perform sequence to others

Teaching Points

Building a sequence

  1. Include a starting and finishing position 
  2. Include 6 elements
  3. Include elements which take weight on hands
  4. Include 4 compositional ideas

Key Questions

  1. Describe what is meant by a compositional idea
  2. Name two compositional ideas that you haven’t used
  3. How does the use of compositional ideas improve a sequence?
  4. If you were to work on this sequence next lesson what would you look to improve?

Year 4 Gymnastics Unit 1 Lesson 4

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Learning Intentions

  1. Work in groups of 4 to compose a 6 element sequence
  2. Each member of the group select and plan a compositional component to change the sequence, e.g. levels, matching, speed

Skill Development: Developing four compositional ideas

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Success Criteria

  1. I can include four different compositional ideas in my sequence
  2. I chose and included one compositional idea in our group sequence
  3. I taught my sequence to others to make a piece of group work
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National Curriculum Links

To work collaboratively with others to include compositional ideas

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: To describe how they used ‘compositional idea.’

Numeracy: To use and identify changes in speed, levels and direction

Year 4 Gymnastics Unit 1 Lesson 4

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Starter Activity

Which way now?

Children move around the area using a variety of travelling actions such as running, skipping, jumping and striding. The teacher will give commands for the children to follow, e.g. HIGH LOW FAST SLOW RIGHT LEFT FORWARDS BACKWARDS UP DOWN FREEZE, the children should adapt their movements according to the compositional command, e.g. LOW if they are running can the squat down and still move quickly. These commands will make children aware of the compositional ideas of changing speed, changing direction and using different levels.

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Skill Development

Developing four compositional ideas

Working as an individual but pairs may work together on a mat, look at cards showing a variety of compositional ideas. Pupils should choose one and explore ways of using it in their work.

Example: Change of direction – how can I show the use of forwards, backwards, sideways directions in my work? E.g. roll forwards, roll backwards, roll sideways OR skip forwards, roll backwards, jump sideways etc.

  1. Allow pupils time to work through compositional ideas in a variety of ways. Encourage them to change actions to rolls, jumps, hops, skip, slide, crawl etc
  2. Choose a second compositional idea from the cards and explore ways of using it in your work such as height, e.g. Balance close to the floor, balance on knees or one knee, balance on one foot up high, balance on a piece of apparatus
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Compositional Ideas

CHANGE OF DIRECTION

CHANGE OF SPEED

UNISON

MATCHING

CHANGE OF LEVELS

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Activity

To create and perform a group sequence

In a group of four build a 6 element sequence, each member to be responsible for planning how to use one compositional idea in the sequence.

  • Each member to take a turn to teach their idea to the others.
  • Once all four compositional ideas have been added to the sequence rehearse and perform sequence to others

Teaching Points

Building a sequence

  1. Include a starting and finishing position 
  2. Include 6 elements
  3. Include elements which take weight on hands
  4. Include 4 compositional ideas

Key Questions

  1. Describe what is meant by a compositional idea
  2. Name two compositional ideas that you haven’t used
  3. How does the use of compositional ideas improve a sequence?
  4. If you were to work on this sequence next lesson what would you look to improve?