Jump Rope For Heart - Jump Rope Rhythm

Jump Rope For Heart - Jump Rope Rhythm

Lesson 3 of 4 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Music
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson helps students take their skipping skills to the next level, introducing advanced skipping techniques along with style and presentation elements. Students first consider the elements of dance, learning how to move their bodies individually and as a group to maximise performance. They explore skipping techniques that make more dynamic and visually impressive sequences. They then creatively incorporate their skipping skills with the principles of dance to create a routine that blows the school community out of the water! 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore the elements and vocabulary of dance, including repetition, dynamics, levels, planes, axis and stage directions.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • analyse and critically evaluate a dance sequence
  • perform specialised movement skills featuring a skipping rope
  • creatively apply these movements skills to a variety of movement sequences
  • work together as a team.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 5 & 6 Dance:

  • Explore movement and choreographic devices using the elements of dance to choreograph dances that communicate meaning (ACADAM009)
  • Develop technical and expressive skills in fundamental movements including body control, accuracy, alignment, strength, balance and coordination (ACADAM010)

Years 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:

  • Practise skills to establish and manage relationships (ACPPS055)
  • Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)
  • Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP061)
  • Propose and apply movement concepts and strategies with and without equipment (ACPMP063)
  • Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (ACPMP064)
  • Manipulate and modify elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences (ACPMP065)
  • Participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities (ACPMP067)
  • Apply critical and creative thinking processes in order to generate and assess solutions to movement challenges (ACPMP068)

Syllabus outcomes: DAS3.1, DAS3.2COS3.1, INS3.3, IRS3.11, MOS3.4, GSS3.8, GYS3.10, ALS3.6

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Dance achievement standards:
Students explain how the elements of dance, choreographic devices and production elements communicate meaning in dances they make, perform and view. They structure movements in dance sequences and use the elements of dance and choreographic devices to make dances that communicate meaning. They work collaboratively to perform dances for audiences, demonstrating technical and expressive skills.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education achievement standards:
Students demonstrate fair play and skills to work collaboratively. They perform specialised movement skills and sequences and propose and combine movement concepts and strategies to achieve movement outcomes and solve movement challenges. They apply the elements of movement when composing and performing movement sequences.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Jump Rope For Heart: Jump Champions – Years 5 & 6

Time required: 90+ mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate the learning of movement and skipping skills, support students in the creative implementation of their understandings by providing guidance, suggestions and critical perspective.

Resources required

  • Devices capable of creating media, such as an iPad – one per group
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Stadium or large open space


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving
  • Social skills
  • Collaboration

Additional info

The Heart Foundation’s ready-made skipping program, Jump Rope for Heart, helps primary school students move more and have fun, while they raise funds for heart research, patient support and programs that help save lives.

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