KS2/KS3 Transition Link Units Gymnastics, Games and Dance
This unique comprehensive, detailed and user friendly teaching manual specifically written to ease the transition of pupils from different schools into KS3 and unify their experience and levels of learning. It starts with a short overall introduction and then is divided into the four distinct activity areas of Gymnastics, Game, Dance and Athletics.
Each subject is identified by different coloured pages for ease of access and fully indexed as a separate unit. Throughout the manual, appropriate expectations and challenges are constantly reinforced.
In Year 7 children are likely to have different teachers for different subjects, longer lessons, different teaching styles and new people, systems and procedures to get used to.
One subject where children can experience many of the differences between schools is physical education. Some of the differences can include:- designated changing rooms; the wearing of a PE uniform; specialist teachers for different areas of the subject; different teaching styles; taking a register before the lesson; different groupings; larger, different spaces and equipment; longer lessons; showers, and the availability of more extra-curricular activities.
The transition time can also cause problems for the secondary teacher receiving Yr 7 children from a number of different primary schools. Even if they have been following a similar scheme of work, the experiences, expectations and range of ability will still vary. How does the secondary teacher find the appropriate level of material and delivery?
The challenge is knowing where to pitch the first unit of work in an activity area and how to provide opportunities for pupils, whilst being sensitive to their different needs.
The link units for gymnastics, games and dance contained in this manual are age appropriate and developmentally suitable for children in the transition period. They provide suitably complex material in a safe, progressive framework. Those who have experienced the appropriate level of work in primary school will be able to recall and revisit a range of activities and skills set in an interesting context whilst those who have had less experience or who are less confident will learn the necessary skills, principles and activities in a non threatening environment. All children will be encouraged to consolidate knowledge and skills already learnt and be challenged to adapt and extend their performance and understanding.