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Week 3: Balance

Welcome to Mr Bates' PE Challenge: Week 3


This week, we are focussing on balance; we will investigate points & patches as well as applying balance to other skills. It is important to keep balanced whenever you complete a skill in order to maintain control, accuracy and precision as well as efficient skill performance and it is a skill which is transferable across a range of sports & activities.


Below are a series of clips, warm-ups and skills, each increasing in difficulty. Work through each of these challenges; consider how each one is different or more challenging than the previous.


To increase or decrease the difficulty whilst completing these challenges, consider how you could 'STEP up' your activity. STEP stands for:


Space- could you make the playing area bigger or smaller, does this make it easier or trickier?

Task- instead of balancing in isolation, could you bounce a ball or keep a ball up through pushing it upwards whilst staying balanced?

Equipment- change where you perform the balance, such as on a chair or on a ball, how might this make it easier/harder?

People- could you use a sibling or family member to help, could you teach them what you've practiced?


Don't forget, don't practice until you get it right... practice until you can't get it wrong!


Can you beat your personal best?


Good luck with this weeks challenge; share your attempts to your portfolio!

To get you warmed up...

Warm Up 1

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Warm Up 2

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Warm Up 3

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Your challenge awaits...

Challenge 1

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Explore different balances involving points (small body parts) and patches (large body parts).

Challenge 2

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How can you change the task? Notice how I changed the equipment I used as well; let’s get creative!

Challenge 3

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Now, look to change other elements of the STEP principle. How could you change the space or people? Don’t forget, the focus is always on the balance!

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