Having been fortunate enough to try the Birds class at The Little Gym Harrogate with Miss Trilli back in March I was super excited for Raffy to try the Funny Bugs class last week. I was a little nervous at first as this class is one where the children go into the gym with the teachers and the parents watch through a glass wall. Well I needn’t have worried at all. Teacher Simon made Raffy feel so very welcome that he went straight inside and was engaged from the offset.
The first few minutes of the class are given over for exploration of the equipment. Raffy absolutely went for it and was so excited. The class are then brought together and both teacher Simon, the class leader, and his fellow teacher Holly did the class introductory song with little bells. Then it was straight into the warm up activity with hoops. There was a real emphasis on good manners and please and thank yous. Following instructions was also key throughout the class and it was amazing to see how well all the children responded.
The class was then split into two groups with a different activity for each. The key theme was working on hands and feet in preparation for the next skill up, monkey jumps for cartwheels and pushing up for front support for rolls. Halfway through the class the groups swopped over so they were able to have a go on all of the equipment. There was also reference to numbers throughout the class too so the children were learning on multiple levels.
Whilst the class is going on the parents and carers have a lovely space to sit with tables and access to hot drinks. There is also a little play area so if you have a toddler in tow you can keep them amused or likewise older children have space to do homework whilst you wait.
At the end of the class both groups came back together and completed a warm down activity. All children received a sticker for taking part and then were calmly led back to the parents. There were of happy smiling faces which was just wonderful to see. And the overall verdict a huge thumbs up for Raffy. He keeps asking when he can go back so we will definitely be looking at booking him onto a class and even perhaps some of the summer camps as children can attend from the age of three. Thank you Little Gym for having us back. We will hopefully see you again very soon.