Planning a PE Tennis Lesson Plan: Ages 6-10
This post is part of the ‘Teaching Tennis in PE’ series. Here are all a list of the posts from this series;
Phase #1: Introduction
Phase #3: Individual Drill
Phase #4: Paired Drill
Phase #5: Group Activity (You Are Here!)
Phase #6: Wrap Up (You Are Here!)
Phase #7: Evaluation
Main Lesson Content Phase: Group / Competition (Phase #5)
The whole idea behind this last phase is to ensure you re-enforce everything learned in the previous two phases, with an emphasis on competition and fun.
The simplest and most effective way to nail this part of your lesson is to split them up into larger groups of 4-8 per group.
Now you have choice, on whether to do a whole class competition OR do a mini-competition within each group.
The answer to this again depends on all sorts of variables such as space available, the energy in your lesson and the overall behaviour of the class throughout the lesson and so on.
For example, if you lesson has been a little flat (we all have them!) then ending on a competition or game that involves the whole class working in smaller groups might end the lesson on a high note.
However, if the behaviour of the class has been less than acceptable then having a fun game might send out the wrong signals for next week’s lesson.
This all comes down to trusting your own instinct – and with time you’ll be able to make better decisions.
Coaching Points & Progressions
Usually within a school environment you won’t need to keep stopping and starting the lesson to make sure each child is using the coaching points taught to them in the main part.
You should try and let the class ‘discover and recover’ themselves. Let them make mistakes and see if they can identify and improve themselves.
You can ask questions to individuals as you make your way round the groups, but allowing each child a little bit of freedom to make mistakes and enjoy the lesson at the same time.
Wrap Up (Phase #6)
This is where you ultimately see how much they understand what you’ve taught them. There are various methods to gaining feedback from individual and the class as a whole – you just need to work out what works best with what group.
As a rule of thumb, asking 4-6 questions at the end to the whole class would be a good place to start. You might find yourself needing to ‘pull’ the answers out of the group by giving them clues.
Another stance to take would be for them to discuss briefly in their smaller groups the answers to your questions and for each group to give an answer. Using this method, allow the quiter individuals in the class to get involved more than if it was a whole class question & answer.
What questions should I ask?
Start with asking questions about the warm up, then the individual stage, the partner phase and finally a question or two from the group & competition section of your lesson.
If you only asked one question from each phase of your lesson plan, you’d already have four questions planned!
Points to Remember:
- Your games should mimic what they’ve learned in the main part of the lesson
- Trust your instinct
- Remember to recap what they’ve learned at the end