The JUMP JAM programme provides students with a valuable exercise habit early in life along with skills and attitudes to meet their ongoing health and physical activity needs.

It also allows for development of a wide range of movement skills which can help students to understand the ‘science’ of how they move.

By enjoying and understanding the health and physical exercise benefits of aerobics, students eventually become future role models by leading fellow students through the routines and later instructing their communities.Cultural movement concepts from NZ and other societies are included; e.g. Haka, Polynesian, Latin, Indian, South African, Spanish and even martial arts fitness.

Cardiovascular fitness is interwoven with dance, drama and music to allow a creative self-expression for the students as they explore and identify a variety of dance styles. Students also relate with each other within the group dynamic, sometimes working as one unit, other times performing separate masculine and feminine cultural movement patterns.

Key Competencies

We believe the following Key Competencies can be included in a teacher’s planning with the use of JUMP JAM. Whether for a team for competitions, assembly items or for a demonstration etc.

  1. Managing Self:
  • Achieving personal and or team goals
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress
  • Achieve improving high standards
  • Knowing who they are and whom they represent
  • Developing resilience and enterprise
  • Reliability – do they turn up to do practice when required
  • Displaying positive behaviour
  • School role models
  • Leadership skill development
  • Ability to work in groups

2. Relating to Others:

  • Recognize different viewpoints
  • Listen actively
  • Negotiate
  • Share ideas
  • Willingly participate in new situations
  • Co-operate in groups
  • Grow competitive spirit
  1. Participating and Contributing:
  • Contribute in local and national communities
  • Respond appropriately as a group member
  • Make connections with others
  • Contribute to the quality and sustainability of social and physical environments
  1. Thinking: 
  • Thinking hat use
  • PMI
  • Y Charts
  • Habits of the Mind.  Specifically; persistence, striving for accuracy and managing impulsivity
  1. Using Language, Symbols and Texts in each Learning Area:
  • Specialist vocabulary associated with JUMP JAM
  • How to read choreography notes
  • How to communicate knowledge and ideas in appropriate ways for this demonstration or a competition