The Rhythm Of Sport is focused on whole body movements and can be used on its own or with the other beat competency activity.


Overview and Benefit


This element is devoted to developing children’s beat competency. Put simply ‘beat competency’ means being competent at keeping a beat i.e. being able to clap along to a song on the beat. Research has shown that children who are able to identify and maintain a musical beat:


 do considerably better in all academic subjects, particularly maths and literacy.

 are more competent at fine motor skills, such as writing and cutting out.

 have more developed gross motor skills, such as running and skipping.


The children listen to 4 different pieces of music with very different beats and accompany them with different sporting actions. This not only helps the children to learn about the various sports but also reinforces their sense of rhythm through the rhythmic movements associated with each of the sports.


Equipment required


• Rhythm of sport CD

• laminates for each sport


How it works


Children will be shown a laminate and told some information about the sport topic. The class will then practice the rhythmic movement associated with each sport.


What to do in the class


Instructors should show the group the laminate and briefly discuss the sport with the group, demonstrating the movement. Put on the music and practice the movement encouraging the children to keep time to the beat of the music. Repeat for two different sports per week.



Sport Type of Music Action

Rowing Moderate 4/4 Children sit and do a rowing action, counting 2 beats for the forward and back action

Running Quick 2/2 Children stand and run on the spot, moving arms and legs quickly in time

Swimming Slow 3/4 Children stand and make a breast stroke action for 3 beats

Tennis Slow 2/2 Children stand and pretend to serve, throwing left arm up and hitting down with the right