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Week 2 - 11/01/21 Ladder Challenge

The Ladder Challenge requires quick feet and good agility.


You have 60 seconds (1 minute) to do as many ladder rotations as possible (up and down the ladder = 1). How many times can you go up and down the ladder in 60 seconds (1 minute)?


You will need: 

  • A stopwatch or a phone to time you performing the challenge
  • A helper to time you (parent, sibling etc.)
  • Rulers x 8 or socks x8 or twigs/sticks x 8 (or something similar) to set out the ladder.
  • You need 7 gaps between your chosen ‘ladder’ items to perform the challenge. (If you only have 6 items and 5 gaps attempt the challenge with them.)


How to play:

  • Place the ‘ladder’ runs (rulers/socks/sticks) in a straight line one after the other with approximately a 30cm gap between each item.

  • You start at one end of the ladder. You will travel up the ladder to the opposite end with either one foot in each gap or two feet (one after the other – not a jump) in each gap. At the end of the ladder runs you will run back round to your starting end. (See below for a demonstration)
  • Set the timer for 60 seconds
  • GO!
  • Travel up and down the ladder as many times as you can using your chosen step pattern (one foot in a gap or two feet, one after the other, in a gap).
  • How many times can you do this in 60 seconds (1 minute)? Why not try again and improve your score? BTBYCB!


Make this challenge easier by using one foot in each gap and/or moving the gap space to 40cm.


Make this challenge harder by using two feet (one after the other) and/or decreasing the gap space to 20cm.


Can you think of a different step pattern when using the ladder?


The clips below show our Year 6 Sports Leaders attempting the Ladder Challenge.

Can you beat them? Good luck!

The 'Ladder' challenge with Harry - one foot in each gap.

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The 'Ladder' challenge with Josh - one foot in each gap.

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The 'Ladder' challenge with Noah - two feet in each gap (one foot after the other).

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