Physical Education KS1 / KS2: Lava Zone - Balance, Agility and Coordination Skills

Join commentators Johnny and Jasmine as they introduce a range of basic movements to help your class gain the skills they will need to complete the Lava Zone.

The core idea behind Lava Zone is that pupils imagine that the floor is made of lava and they must avoid it at all costs!

Pupils are given areas of safety in the classroom, and must find their way to them using jumps, hops and skips, as the lava sweeps from one side of the room to the other.

To remain in the safety zone, children must hold a balance.

Teacher Notes

It provides plenty of opportunities for your class to join in with the action on screen.

Once they have mastered the key skills in the warm up, you could set up your classroom as a Lava Zone and complete the challenges.

You could also use equipment, such as benches and other apparatus, as ‘mountains’ that the children can use as their safety point.

Key curriculum skills include balance, coordination, running, jumping, basic movements, agility, teamwork, speed, creativity, imagination, gymnastics based (early specialisation sport/key in developing functional movement), personal challenge and intrinsic motivation.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physical Education. This topic appears in KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Early and First level and Second Level in Scotland.

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