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Gymnastics Climbing Frame - plans?

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by Trackerthecat, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. Trackerthecat

    Trackerthecat New commenter

    Hi all,

    I am a teacher in a primary school which has no gymnastics climbing frame. We are going to have one installed in the new year but none of the teachers in my school have any ideas about know how they will be used in our PE lessons once we have them available to use. I've explained that I'm likely to use it with my class as a semi-independent group activity which the children will rotate onto at least once per lesson whilst the rest of the class are doing their normal gymnastics activities. But would that be okay?

    I've searched around the internet, however I literally cannot find any plans to show how the children should use it in a gymnastics lesson for any age group. I've asked other teachers in local primary school how they use it in their school and the common response seems to be that they aren't used at all!

    Can anyone provide some help or at least point me in the right direction?

  2. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    I am surprised to hear you are getting a climbing frame when you seem to be the only one planning on using it. Why not buy resources which will be used? I think they have gone out of fashion now to be honest... or at least teachers don't seem to be using them anymore.

    Contact a specialist PE teacher, perhaps from you local Secondary school and ask them if they could provide a CPD-style workshop on the use of climbing frames. They will need to cover safe set up and putting away also. I think maybe teachers don't use them because of the health and safety concerns.
  3. HeadOverHeels

    HeadOverHeels New commenter

    Where are you based? I cold maybe come and give you some CPD as a gymnastics specialist I use the climbing apparatus all the time and could give your teachers lots of ideas.....?
  4. Gusyam

    Gusyam New commenter

    Hi, I've taught PE for over 20 years. To remove climbing frames etc from teaching PE in my opinion is sacrilege. They are not used because staff are too risk averse these days. Get a grip and learn how to use them correctly. You will find they are an asset to your Gymnastics and Outdoor education lessons. If you need help let me know.
  5. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    @Gusyam you prove my point: they are old fashioned.

    I personally think PE money could be better spent elsewhere, not because climbing frames don’t develop important skills, but because there are usually other issues at play. I have yet to see a hall which could comfortably take the climbing frame being out and allow for other skills to be developed (I would use it as a station) and or allow for the lunchtime staff to set up. Hence why it is rarely used.

    By the way, I do have a grip & know how to use them. I don’t know how an indoor climbing frame will help my “outdoor education” lessons though...

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