EXPLANATION OF THE ROUTINE
The routine exists of five different exercises in an ongoing obstacle course. It starts with running between cones (orientation of the foot and trunk pointing toward the direction side of movement). Four cones are placed at 3m distance from the start line at 0,5m gap between them. Continues with running another 3 m until the next station. Here are 4 cones placed in a square. Pupils will run by respecting the color assigned going around the cones (quick reaction and orientation of feet and body to the new direction). Then they are passing the bench ”like riding it” with the hands on the marks. Next is zig-zag running, touching the markers with the hand. Last station consists from passing through a tunnel realized from two benches and four mattresses (compact position, bending knees) and then run until the finish.

 

EXECUTION OF THE ROUTINE
The course can be done individually or in group, each pupil will start one after the other at the teacher’s signal and is repeated 3-4 times without a break, depending on the particularities and the level; to avoid congestion at a certain point, it will be indicated to start simultaneously from different points of the route, not all pupils from the same place.

PREPARATION

Materials needed:

  • 13 cones: (9 blue, 2 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
  • 3 benches
  • 4 mattresses
  • colorful tape

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: HOW DO WE REACH OPTIMAL MOTOR LEARNING AND APPLY SELF-DETERMINATION?

The obstacle course can be adapted to fit the level and purpose of the PE lesson. Can have different variants. There are three levels: easy, intermediate and difficult to encourage the pupils to increase the complexity of movements. In the form of a race pupils stay in the column. Start first and the next one will go to the race after hearing the signal given by the previous pupil who completes the route and shouts to his colleague GO!

POSSIBLE VARIATIONS

Create two obstacle course and to give opportunity to the pupils to compete simultaneously by teams. Can be described as a “story” in the preparatory class at the youngest pupils.

EXPLANATION OF THE ROUTINE
The routine exists of three different exercises in an ongoing obstacle course. It starts with walking on a bench (maintaining balance) moving a tennis ball (bending the knees, picking up the tennis balls from a cone, walk forward and placing the tennis balls back on a cone). Then the child steps on a box and jumps off on a landing surface (boxes can vary on height and rotation can be added to the jump) (landing correctly). As a final exercise the child jumps through the hoops (landing correctly) in a straight line, from left to right or in combination of catching a ball (landing combined with changing direction).

 

EXECUTION OF THE ROUTINE
In this routine, the primary context is an indoor sports area where PE teachers regularly perform the PE lessons at school. The routine can be used as warming-up for different types of goals in PE (i.e. jumping, balancing, playing tag, etc.) or as a core exercise in a PE lesson. It is recommended to perform the courses in couples, having one child performing the exercise (so three exercises during one course) and one child assisting (replacing the tennis balls, throwing a ball, coaching on the right execution etc.)

PREPARATION

Materials needed:

  • 3 benches
  • 3 boxes
  • Jumping board
  • 4 cones
  • 2 tennis balls
  • Landing surface
  • Small hurdles (or similar obstacles to jump over)
  • 4 hoops
  • Basketball, volleyball, foam ball (etc.)

Place the materials as presented on the map (above). You can create as many courses as possible. Let the children form a line at the start of the course. It is possible to let the next child start the course as the child in front of him reaches a certain point.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: HOW DO WE REACH OPTIMAL MOTOR LEARNING AND APPLY SELF-DETERMINATION?

The obstacle course can be shortened or extended to fit the timeframe and purpose of the PE lesson. Of course, the course can be part of the lesson (instead of only using it as a warming-up). You can add a point-system (easy: 1 point; intermediate: 2 points; difficult: 3 points) to encourage the pupils.

POSSIBLE VARIATIONS

  • You can add variations to the obstacle course by:

  • Adding more exercises to the obstacle course

  • Vary in type of materials you are using (balls, beanbags, cones, etc).

  • Let a child close one eye during the obstacle course

  • Let children choose the way they cross the obstacle course (i.e. sideways of backwards)
  • Use iPads with video-delayed feedback for children to watch themselves

Ex.1 running around, outside – easy

Ex.2 run by certain path or assinged colour

Ex.3 hands on the signs and step with the feet on the floor

Ex.4 zig-zag running touching the markers with the hand

Ex.1 Running between cones

Ex.2 “shout” the colour

Ex.3 “riding” the bench with or without jumping

Ex.4. zig-zag running touching the markers with the hand

 

Ex.1 Running crossing over

Ex.2 Place the tennis balls on top of the cone

Ex.3 hands on the bench and jumping from one side to another

Ex.4 jumping from one circle to another respecting the numbers drawn