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Exploring the World of Gymnastics at Watcombe Primary School: The Floor is Lava

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Saul Vanes - Educator

Watcombe Primary School is known for its vibrant and diverse after-school clubs that provide opportunities for children to explore their interests outside of the classroom. During the club sessions, children work on a range of skills including balance, coordination and flexibility, in engaging and thought provoking ways. The gymnastics club, in particular, has been a popular choice among children of all years. In this blog, I want to take a closer look at the exciting game called 'The Floor is Lava' that the children have loved playing. This game is a fun and challenging way for children to practise their gymnastics skills while working with their peers. The objective of the game is to move around the equipment without touching the floor. I ensure the equipment set up allows for various obstacles and apparatus to be used, such as mats and balance beams, which sets different challenges throughout when the students have to navigate around the course without touching the floor.


We all know students love a little challenge, so often adding rules such as 'no hands' or 'no feet' means the students have to think creatively and come up with new ways to travel around the apparatus. By participating in the gymnastics club, children are not only improving their physical health but also developing fundamental life skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. It's great to see schools like Watcombe Primary School offering such engaging and enriching after-school activities to their students; and I am proud to say that we love delivering these activities!






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