Children are ready to be introduced to the skip by the end of Pre-Primary and should have mastered all aspects of the skip by the end of Year 3. Children should be able to hop and side-step first before learning skipping.

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Assessing the Fundamental Movement Skill of Skipping
Assessing the Fundamental Movement Skill of Skipping
Learn how to skip
Learn how to skip

Checklist of skill criteria:

  1. Shows a rhythmical step-hop
  2. Lands on the ball of the foot
  3. Knee of support leg bends to prepare for hop
  4. Head and trunk stable, eyes focused forward
  5. Arms relaxed and swing in opposition to legs

Teaching Strategies

For beginners (at the emergent level of skipping skill development):
  • Focus on skill criteria number 1, 2 & 5
  • Should be taught as a rhythmical movement: step-hop-step-hop
  • Start in slow motion doing steps and then hops and gradually trying to join them together
  • Try encouraging step-hop movements to music
  • Play games such as Wicked Witch and Turtles, Snakes & Islands where children can have a go at Skipping
For children at the developing level of skipping skill development:
  • Start skipping at a faster speed
  • Encourage changes of direction and speed
  • Play games that involve skipping and tag games
For children at the acquired or accomplished level of skipping skill development:
  • Skip with partners
  • Have a go at skipping relays
  • Incorporate skipping into games such as Dodge Ball & Rob the Nest

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Teaching Cues

  1. Step-hop, step-hop, step-hop
  2. Step forward and hop up
  3. Look ahead
  4. Keep body facing forward

Common Errors

  • Unable to perform step-hop alternately
  • Arms not coordinated with legs
  • Lack of rhythm
  • Stiff legs on landing