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Mats for gym equipment

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by nathwills, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Hi just a quick question. We have some large gym squipment in our school hall which is rarely used for various reasons but I would like to use it with my year 3 class. I asked our PE co-ordinator where the best place was to put the mats. He replied don't use any as it encourages the children to want to fall off, if there are not any mats they will be more careful. I see his point but worry someone will accidentally fall 12ft and land on the head!!!! Does anyone know the guidelines for using such equipment. We have 2 large crash mats and a number of thinner mats. I understand that the thinner mats may be no use at all but surely something is bett than nothing.
     
  2. Hi just a quick question. We have some large gym squipment in our school hall which is rarely used for various reasons but I would like to use it with my year 3 class. I asked our PE co-ordinator where the best place was to put the mats. He replied don't use any as it encourages the children to want to fall off, if there are not any mats they will be more careful. I see his point but worry someone will accidentally fall 12ft and land on the head!!!! Does anyone know the guidelines for using such equipment. We have 2 large crash mats and a number of thinner mats. I understand that the thinner mats may be no use at all but surely something is bett than nothing.
     
  3. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

  4. stopwatch

    stopwatch Established commenter

    I would always use mats regardless and then educate children how to use them properly. The type/thickness of the mat would depend on the age/size of children and the height/type of actvity they were on.
    The thought of not having mats when children are climbing in the hope that they will choose wisely what they do does not sit well.
    Regards your PE advisor advising you not to use mats, I would say personally it is a case of health and safety which you are going to use your own judgement on (if you want to use mats that is).
     
  5. I thought it was more clean cut than that. A kid falls and gets injured from any height on to a gym floor, your job is gone. On to a mat, the unions might help you out.

     
  6. dbu

    dbu New commenter

    I agree, NO mats. I use the wall bars and various equipment with EYFS and don't have mats out. My principle is if you place mats you give the children a false sense of security and potentially create trip hazards as the children move around the hall. I also find that if you place out mats you will find children see these as the entry / exit points to pieces of equipment and therefore you unconsciously limit their creativity.
    Also to be fair if a child is going to fall off the wall bars a thin mat is not going to be much of a softer landing than the floor. Never put a crash mat near wall bars, they should be used as landing areas for vaulting activities.
    The only reason I use mats is for rolling on.
     

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