The side step or side gallop is a unique fundamental movement skill that involves the body moving sideways as it faces forwards. The skill is somewhat similar in nature to skipping with a flight phase as part of the movement, however, the movement is sideways and the lead leg never changes. While the side step is a basic fundamental movement skill, it is essential in a great deal of sporting activities such as moving from side to side in tennis, squash and badminton, tracking an opponent's movement in rugby or basketball or taking part in a dance routine.
Things to consider
Pupils tend to be able to side step before they can skip as the rhythmical action is less complicated. When teaching the skill, encourage pupils to side step rhythmically before they begin to side step for speed.
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