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Year 6 have been developing their gymnastics skills throughout a unit focused on rolls and balances. They have worked individually to master a range of one, two and three point balances and then in teams they worked on their partner/group balances. We learnt that counter tension is when gymnasts perform a balance which involves two or more of them pulling away from each other (or a piece of apparatus), where the weight is not even, whereas counter balance is when a move is balanced (like a sea-saw) or like when a gymnast performs an arabesque, the front and back of their body counter-balance one another. 

Over the next few lessons, the children will use their understanding of rolls and balances to create a group routine. We look forward to sharing their routines with you at a later date. 

In the meantime, your child might like to practise some of the balances in the attachment below in their Christmas Holidays!