“I don’t think there’s a lot of equipment you need to access high-quality gymnastics…”
Welcome to episode 119 of The PE Umbrella Podcast, the only Primary PE podcast in the world, as we talk ALL things Physical Education.
In this episode, I am delighted to welcome Gymnastics consultant and PE teacher Nikki Linsdell to the show. From being a secondary PE head of department to running twilight sessions in gymnastics development, Nikki has years of hands-on experience from which to draw upon and share with you what best practice in primary gymnastics should look like.
After speaking with Gemma Coles in Episode 117, this gave me the perfect opportunity to verify or even contradict the discussions and ideas that were raised in that episode, but to also dig a little deeper into what gymnastics at the primary level should truly look like.
During this episode, I ask Nikki how gymnastics should be taught/look across the whole primary school age range, questioning her about the best places to access resources.
I also dig into lesson and unit specifics, and Nikki shares insights into how she structures her units with the end goal in mind, reverse engineering the outcome to ensure her students always have a strong WHY. In addition to this, Nikki shares with us a truly awesome warm up activity that can be adapted universally and develops resilience, as well as unpicking her worst ever lesson, and how it helped shape her character and beliefs as a teacher going forward (this really is one I’m certain we can all relate to).
Get that pad and pen ready…Knowledge Bombs are incoming!
Twitter – @nikkilinsdell
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