Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Improving jumping skills – second level

What is this?

This learning activity involves children practising jumping and improving their skills by reflecting on their performance. It is intended to support teachers and practitioners to plan learning experiences for children in their usual setting or while they are learning at home.

As well as taking account of national and local guidance relating to Covid-19, the activity should be used or adapted accordingly to consider the range of learners and their prior knowledge and individual circumstances in relation to this learning experience.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Experiences and Outcomes: second level

By reflecting on my own and others’ work and evaluating it against shared criteria, I can recognise improvement and achievement and use this to progress further. HWB 2-24a 

Purpose of the activity

Children will assess their own performance in a physical activity which involves jumping. They will discuss the importance of effort and perseverance in achieving success.

Learning activity

Introduce the activity by encouraging children to think of sporting activities which involve jumping. For example:

  • high jump
  • long jump
  • volleyball
  • gymnastics
  • jumping to catch a ball in a team game such as rugby or netball
  • types of dance such as ballet or highland dancing.

You could invite children to watch some of these activities online if they have access to the internet. Explain that jumping is a skill which people practise to use in activities like this.

Invite children to try to jump as high into the air as they can. How easy or difficult did they find this? Ask them to think about the things they could do to help them jump higher into the air. For example, making sure that they:

  • bend their knees and swing their arms back in preparation
  • push off the ground with their legs as hard as they can
  • fully straighten their legs as they jump
  • reach their hands as high into the air as possible
  • bend their knees on landing.

Ask children to try practising a few more straight jumps, thinking about these things. They can do this on their own by assessing their own performance or by working with someone. Perhaps they need to bend their knees deeper in preparation, or push off more strongly away from the ground? Perhaps they need to really stretch their arms up and reach higher? They could also jump sideways to a wall and try to touch the wall as high up as they can. If possible, they could ask another child or adult to watch them doing this to tell them how high they are jumping.

After children have repeated this practice several times, discuss with them:

  • whether they managed to improve their performance
  • what things helped them to jump higher, if anything?

Next discuss with children the importance of perseverance and effort when trying to improve performance or achieve success. What kinds of emotions did they feel when they were attempting the task? For example, did they feel frustrated if they were not able to jump higher despite trying their best? Were they delighted when they saw improvements? How did these feelings affect their performance? 

Extension activity

You could ask children to perform different types of jumps, such as star jumps or tuck jumps. Invite them to create their own criteria for self or peer assessment to help them improve their performance.

National Benchmarks

  • Self-assesses and acts as a peer assessor to provide constructive feedback to improve performance.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the positive link between effort, perseverance, and personal achievement.
  • Recognises the variety of emotions that are associated with performing and the impact they have on behaviour and performance.

Possible approach to assessing learning

As practitioners, you know your children well and can alter the expectations of outcomes for individuals in line with the Benchmarks. You can look at ways to review or discuss children’s work and provide feedback occasionally to help move learning forward.  

Some children may want to present their work to the class, others may prefer to share this only with yourself. They may wish to add/upload photos or a record of their work to their learning journal, possibly online. This will give you the opportunity to provide feedback and next steps. 

In this activity you may want to ask children to reflect on how easy or hard it was to give feedback on their own or others’ performances. Are children clear about what helps them to jump higher? You may also discuss with them how perseverance and effort can improve performance in a variety of activities, not just sporting ones.

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.

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