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Jumping Bean Bag is…

Jumping Bean Bag is …

  • A well-established 25 year-old, scientifically proven, UK designed, programme of activities for developing physical skills in Early Years; teaching physical skills to enhance a child’s ability to learn; raising levels of achievement by up to 40%,  especially amongst disadvantaged children, to create a level playing field or platform for learning.

Jumping Bean Bag is at the heart of Active Learning:

  • A set of resources for teaching physical skills
  • A series of activities that can be used at different times of day in Early Years settings
  • A set of resources that can be used in school AND at home
  • To help teachers deliver physical activity sessions in an Early Years setting
  • Designed specifically for children aged 2 – 7 years
  • A series of training workshops.
  • UNIQUE in the UK
  • Proven and effective
  • Continuing to evolve and develop … over 25 years
  • Using latest research and development from around the world
  • A tried and tested method for improving cognitive skills essential for learning

Jumping Bean Bag enables Schools and Pre-Schools to meet Early Years Foundation Scheme targets:

  • In addition to meeting physical attainment targets, Jumping Bean Bag develops
  • language,
  • numeracy,
  • social and emotional skills


  • An understanding of health and spatial awareness, as set out in the EYFS (May 2012) for children aged 2-7yrs.
  • A solution to the sedentary life-style of a growing generation; to combat obesity

“JBB …Each component can be used independently, however when used appropriately by trained teachers it becomes a very powerful teaching tool with a broad range of topics to support the development of language, numeracy, social and emotional skills with an advanced understanding of health and spatial awareness” as described by the Professional Development Board of the UK’s  Association for Physical Education, 2015.

Jumping Bean Bag can be used as a positive intervention with measureable outcomes:

  • As a progressive programme of activities and ideas which can be used at different times of the school day or as a framework for a PE scheme of work for EYFS and KS 1.
  • An activity for a small group of children; for an individual at home; for a whole-class lesson.
  • As a simple effective tool for involving parents in the development of their child(ren).
  • As an activity which can be done at home, indoors, outdoors and in your own time;
  • As interactive television making exercise fun and accessible for children and parents.
  • As an activity that is safe, easy, and readily understood by old and young and therefore very do-able.
  • As a Take-a-Break, 10—min bite-sized activity
  • As an extra-curricular activity
  • For peer-teaching at Breakfast Club
  • As a parent+child fun-fit-exercise/circuit training activity
  • On rainy-days as an indoor activity or by play-leaders as a playground activity.
  • As a programme of exercises it has achievable goals.

Resources to Support Learning in schools, nurseries, day-care and childminder settings:

  • JBB Story Sack enables schools/nurseries to meet the EYFS target “to involve parents in the development of their child”.
  • The Story Sack includes DVD, 2x BEANY, 4x Story books, Diary, stickers, Bean Bag Challenge Cards with Score Card and a guide book for parents/grand parents. The Story Sack supports a child’s individual learning but also enables the whole family to get involved and be more active at home; improve fitness and skills, having fun.
  • Individual record/attainment cards to evaluate, record and reward progress.
  • Uses evidence-based studies to show how teaching young children physical skills can have a profound effect and positive impact on their ability to learn, raising levels of achievement irrespective of socio/economic backgrounds; meets Government requirement to justify expenditure.

Other JBB resources include:

  • Bespoke Workshops ; Lesson Plans; 4 separate Story books; DVD; BEANY, the bean bag; 7-day Bean Bag Challenge; Fun Fit and Physical Activity Cards; Stickers; Colouring-in
  • The opportunity to deliver JBB under licence with on-going support.
  • Each Jumping Bean Bag package can be tailored to your school’s requirements.

JBB and the EYFS (May 2012):

  • To encourage dads and mums to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home.
  • Benefits all three of the prime areas of learning – personal, social and emotional (helps develop confidence, interaction with piers and happiness); communication and language with rhymes and action songs(develops language through physical activities which helps kinetic learners in particular; introduces language of movement and a programme of activities specifically designed for “ warm-up to learning”) physical development – gross motor skills, co-ordination  and spatial awareness; healthy  muscles and bones; circulation; lung capacity and a fat-burning metabolism.
  • Enables – making a judgement on how children learn, informed by the characteristics of learning
    • Active learning – through physical activities
    • Creating and thinking critically – what works and what doesn’t (balance in particular)
    • Playing and exploring – valuing the process of learning and not just the end result
  • Keeping children safe – effective organisation and communication when delivering physical activities to a group of young learners.
  • The new EYFS framework puts greater emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development – the healthy triangle is the foundation of the Jumping Bean Bag programme / scheme of work.

JBBC designed specifically to acknowledge the growing body of evidence to show that physical development and gaining control of own body can significantly improve a child’s capacity for learning and performance in mathematical-related tasks, language and communication and ability to cope with formal learning. Levels of physical co-ordination and gross motor skills are synonymous with levels of confidence and happiness.

  • Listening skills, in particular benefit, from teaching physical activities
  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES: Jumping Bean Bag programme provides a framework and/or scheme of work for young children to be “active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement” , in a way that is both entertaining and educational –
  • BEANY the bean bag allows children to take ownership and shape their own learning; to explore ways of balancing, jumping, bending, stretching and rolling and help them to understand “the importance of physical activity” but at the same time to have fun with physical activity.
  • EMOTIONAL : Jumping Bean Bag programme helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others (safe space); to develop social skills (sharing); to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and have confidence in their own ability..
  • JBB programme can be delivered through planned, purposeful play and through both adult led and child-initiated activities.
  • JBB allows practitioners to facilitate different ways of learning – allowing children to “have a go”; encourage children to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties; to develop their own way (ideas) and make links between ideas; develop strategies for doing things.
  • EARLY LEARNING GOALS: Listening and Attention – evidence (from Australian study) that teaching children a physical skill improves their “learning” ability; learn to follow instructions involving several ideas/tasks.
  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements; move confidently in a range of ways; handle tools and equipment effectively.(warm-up)
  • Children know the importance of physical exercise and ways to keep healthy and safe.
  • Through JBB, children develop self-confidence and self-awareness; are confident about trying new activities and can say why they like some activities more than others; can ask for help when they need it – skill development (balancing; hand-eye coordination; jumping – working on their own to develop their own learning and problem solving)
  • Can work as part of a group/team; can take turns; can understand and follow rules (warm-down games).
  • MATHEMATICS – use quantities and objects; use shapes and space; timing; position; distance; counting;
  • ASSESSMENT – is an important part of the learning and development process: at the end of each JBB session there is an activity to evaluate each child’s learning and development; each session has progressions; an opportunity for practitioners to observe the learners which does not involve prolonged breaks from interaction nor require excessive paperwork.
  • DVD and 4 books – this is a resource which can be used at home to support a child’s learning and could involve the parents in the child’s development. (Story Sack: with DVD, 2x BEANY, 4 books, BEANYs Diary and Stickers)


  1. To develop both sides of the brain equally – a balanced approach to learning
  2. Jumping Bean Bag encourages independent learning,
  3. Exploring what works and what doesn’t;
  4. Valuing the process of finding a solution and not focussing on the end result exclusively:
  5. Discovering there is more than one way to achieve the same goal;
  6. Realising that with physical activities there is more than one way of learning and the fun is finding out for yourself how to do ‘it’, exploring different ways of doing ‘it’ …
  7. I CAN DO IT … if I try.

INTRODUCING The Jumping Bean Bag Resources and Training … with BEANY  (AS WRITTEN FOR SASP )

  • Warm-up Action Rhymes; Exercise and Skills Development; Warm Down games and Measurable Outcomes
  • With – Bite-sized , 10-minute exercise sessions
  • Bean Bag Challenge activity cards;
  • 4x Story books;
  • BEANY’s Diary, stickers and colouring-in

Educational resources and a framework for learning/teaching PE to children aged 3 – 7 years; focuses on using a small bean bag called BEANY to develop gross and fine motor skills together with muscles and bones, a healthy immune system and metabolism, confidence and co-ordination ; Fun Fit & Physical helps children to listen, watch and do with BEANY;  encouraging children to “give it a go”, to be part of a team (of two or three), to share and learn from others, plus ways of using physical activities to develop language, number, spatial awareness and social skills. (see Order Form template for list of resources and prices attached)

In addition to the resources available to support the teaching framework, Jumping Bean Bag offers training/workshops for those looking for new ideas and “to add another string to their bow”; for NQTs and Early Years Professionals with little or no experience in delivering PE and Physical Activity sessions, helping to devise “outstanding lessons” and create “better learners”; generic or JBB-specific workshops using JBB as a framework for teaching; for those looking to use JBB as an extra-curricular activity; peer teaching at Breakfast Club or as  Parent+Child fun fit circuit training sessions. (See Training and Resources attached)

Jumping Bean Bag uses evidence-based studies * to show the benefits of teaching young children (aged 18 months – 5 years) physical skills in preparation for learning; to develop confidence and co-ordination which helps raise levels of achievement (particularly amongst disadvantaged children). The Griffiths Institute for Educational Research report focusses on swimming but concludes that “acquiring physical skills” is the key: * AND *

A Canadian report into obesity and physical activity in children, also highlights areas where Jumping Bean Bag could be used as a positive intervention with measureable outcomes: *

  • As a simple effective tool for  involving parents in the development of their child(ren).
  • As a varied programme of activities and ideas which can be used at different times of the school day or as a framework for a PE scheme of work for EYFS and KS 1.
  • As an activity which can be done at home – indoors, outdoors and in your own time and therefore does not require much planning, forethought or expenditure.
  • As interactive television making it both accessible and acceptable, as it is already the preferred way for parents wanting to ‘entertain’ and ‘occupy’ children.
  • As an activity that is safe, easy, and readily understood by old and young and therefore very do-able.
  • As a programme of exercises it has achievable goals.

In Summary – The Canadian report demonstrates how involving the whole family has been positively linked to increased physical activity levels, and family-based obesity treatment programs are among the most effective for combating paediatric obesity….For lifestyle interventions to be effective, parents must be encouraged to be positive role models for their children and to incorporate safe physical activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Mandy Gwynne-Jones: CV and QUALIFICATIONS

Sept. 1999 – June  2005 – Lecturer and Tutor at Bridgwater College

Having gained my City & Guilds Teaching Adults qualification I worked as a lecturer and tutor in Physical Development on the 2-year BTEC course and the Physical Activities in the Early Years module of  the 1-year CCE (Certificate in Childcare & Education)

I also lectured in Health & Safety on the 2-yr BTEC and  visited students on placement to evaluate both the student and the setting and to assist students with on-placement assignment work e.g. devising their own lesson plans, to ensure that activities were age-appropriate. This required both tact and diplomacy as well as sympathy, encouragement, support and a firm hand. It gave me a real understanding of all aspects of the curriculum from both sides of the track ie teachers and pupils.

1988 – July 2004 – Set up and developed The Jumping Bean Bag Club (JBBC). I trained with the British Amateur Gymnastics Association in Pre-school physical education and worked at Chilton Trinity Sports Centre before writing my own programme of exercise rhymes and activities (described by Daily Mail as a “Jane Fonda workout for the Under 5’s!). I then took this programme, JBBC, into schools , into sports centres and to village halls throughout Somerset.

In Taunton’s (then new) Tennis Centre I started Have-A-Ball with the Jumping Bean Bag as a way of getting younger children into tennis (this was then adopted by the LTA and became Starter Tennis).

I also ran workshops for pre-school and infant teachers to deliver the JBBC programme, supporting Key Stage I and Early Years.

I was employed by Taunton Pre-Prep to co-ordinate the PE delivery and activities for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 culminating in devising “Sports Day without tears” ! I worked with the EYFS curriculum with Nursery but ran pre-school and after-school activities for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with particular interest in using physical activities for those with some learning difficulties.

I trained others to deliver Jumping Bean Bag and scaled back on delivering Jumping Bean Bag myself in schools  when my work at Bridgwater College became my main focus and I wanted to concentrate on teaching 16+. I had to stop altogether when our youngest daughter became very ill but she is now fully recovered.

I have recently trained two new deliverers who plan to set up their own Jumping Bean Bag Club in a part of Devon.

September 1975 – March 1976

Yorkshire Ladies Secretarial College: Pitman Shorthand and Typing (90/80?)

October 1976 –  June 1979                             

Bristol University: BSc Honours in Politics

1998 – 1999

City & Guilds 7307 Teaching Adults Certificate (Qualified Teacher Status for Teaching 16+)

Additional Training:

1980 – Journalism Award

1988 – BAGA Gymnastics Coaching Award (Class 5)

1995 – 2 separate Tennis coaching qualifications

1996 – Netball Leader

Between 1988 – 2007:

Attended a number of Workshops and Training days to keep updated –

Parachute games; Brain-Gym; “Sports Days”; Coach or Teacher;

2007 – IT course on using Excel

2008 and 2010 – Two different Fundraising Workshops (one ViSTA and independent)

2010 – First Aid in the workplace training

2011 – Supervision Training (SRYP in-house) 

BEANY and the Jumping Bean Bag’s HISTORY

Originally the DVD (and books) with exercise rhymes, action songs and skill-developing activities, using a small bean bag called BEANY,  were devised to encourage children to listen watch and do, at home, in their own way and in their own time; to support the activities the children did when they attended Jumping Bean Bag Club sessions either with a parent or on their own; to develop key motor skills, build strong bones and muscles and a healthy fat-burning metabolism. By having a resource that could be used at home, with siblings/friends which did not need to involve “the grown-ups”, children gain confidence, self-belief, control and independence.

The DVD has been specifically designed for children aged 2 – 7 years; to entertain and educate children at home, on their own, together with friends, siblings, granny and grandpa or Mum and Dad…. A Jane Fonda work-out for the under 7s, 40 minutes peace and guilt-free, healthy TV.

Over the years JBB has evolved and now includes a range of products which include a DVD, Story books about learning to balance, jump, catch&throw and no-equipment games, Bean Bag Challenge activity cards with score-card, a choice of ten, 10-minute bite-sized exercise sessions, BEANY’s diary, stickers, badges, colouring-in and resources to support training and education enabling the programme to be used in a variety of different ways, in school, at home, for peer teaching, by carers, parents, grandparents and childminders, lunchtime-assistants, classroom assistants, Early Years professionals and SEN etc.

The DVD includes warm up rhymes, exercises, action songs and activities designed to teach gross motor, core skills and co-ordination with confidence. JBB’s activities promote social, personal as well as physical development and the three key skills for learning – listening, watching and doing, developing a child’s ability to control and co-ordinate and thereby developing confidence.

The Jumping Bean Bag Training /Workshops

  • For CPD ; support/training for newly qualified teachers and EY Professionals; offers an introduction (with continuing support) to delivering Jumping Bean Bag activities / programmes in schools and nurseries.
  • Can be tailored to suit an individual school or cluster group; can be specific to Jumping Bean Bag or more generic – particularly for newly-qualified teachers and Early Years Professionals who have recently completed a PGCE and have little or no experience in delivering physical activity sessions.

One-Day workshop options include:

Organising and Delivering Physical Activity Sessions for children aged 3 – 7 years

  • Sports Day without Tears
  • Using physical activities across the curriculum: lessons to create better learners
  • Progressions and Adaptations – working with SENs and Learning Support
  • Jumping Bean Bag and Have A Ball Programmes: understanding and working with JBB. Using JBB as a scheme of work /wake up to learning / extra-curricular/ unsupervised play.

History and Development

Since 1992, the Jumping Bean Bag programmes have been used to deliver a EYFS/Key Stage 1 scheme of work for PE; as an after school activity, pre-school club for children aged 2 – 7 years, in sports centres, at holiday playschemes and through workshops for Early Years Professionals, in Somerset.

With the addition of a range of Educational Resources (in 2013) The Jumping Bean Bag can now be used in a number of different ways in schools, nurseries and at home. For EYFS staff and NQT’s, it provides a great framework, a fresh approach to developing gross motor skills and  co-ordination with confidence and an additional set of ideas and activities from which they can develop their own physical activity sessions.

In November 2012 we made a DVD of the programme so that children could follow the exercises, activities and rhymes on their own, at home, and this is now included in the Story Sack, with BEANY’s Diary, 2x BEANY, a set of BEANY’s bean bag challenge cards & scorecard, 4x Story books plus stickers, colouring-in etc. We are about to make a 2nd DVD in a studio setting (April 2014) based on the 10-minute exercise sessions (see power point draft). Alongside the educational and home-based learning resources, we also offer training and workshops, to provide CPD or to enhance existing skills, together with lesson plans and on-going support if that is what is required: for those looking for new ideas and “to add another string to their bow”; for NQTs and Early Years Professionals with little or no experience in delivering PE and Physical Activity sessions, helping to devise “outstanding lessons” and “better learners”; generic or JBB-specific workshops using JBB as a framework for teaching;

Jumping Bean Bag uses evidence-based studies * to show the benefits of teaching young children (aged 18 months – 5 years) physical skills in preparation for learning; to develop confidence and co-ordination which helps raise levels of achievement (particularly amongst disadvantaged children). The Griffiths Institute for Educational Research report focusses on swimming but concludes that “acquiring physical skills” is the key to learning: