Specialist Teachers can advise and train schools on the use of gym trails for pupils of primary age.
A gym trail is a circuit of motor co-ordination activities carried out on a regular basis providing a structured approach to supporting pupils with movement and co-ordination difficulties.
Pupils of primary age who exhibit motor co-ordination difficulties have been shown to benefit from participating in a gym trail. These include:
- Poor posture and gait
- Weak spatial awareness
- Co-ordination difficulties with PE
- Difficulty in planning and carrying out a motor activity
- Difficulties developing hand dominance
- Immature drawing skills
- Slow, inaccurate copying/writing skills
- Poorly presented work
- A mismatch between general understanding and the ability to record information
- Difficulty dressing and doing fastenings
- Poor organisational skills
- Pupils with a diagnosis of developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD can also be known as dyspraxia)
This leaflet provides more information on what a gym trail looks like, and how to set one up.
Note: If a child has support from an Occupational Therapist or a physiotherapist, always seek their advice before involving the child in a gym trail.