Teamwork, respect, determined, happy, resilience, cooperation, confidence, connecting, pressure, experiences, brain, perseverance, teamwork, growth mindset, positive, reflection, success, tactics, communication.
Discussion question: Ask the children what “teamwork” means to them?
Talk to the children about the skills they need to outwit opponents in ball games.
Ask them to provide examples of skills they can use and apply in the lesson.
Active learning: Split the children into groups of 6 and ask them to form a circle and provide each group with a large ball. The children will then throw the ball around the circle, ask the group to count how many catches they do in 30 seconds. If they are finding the challenge too easy, decrease the time or make them stand further apart.
Bench Ball (Indoor) or Zone Ball (Outdoor)
Keep children in the same groups as their active learning and set up a small competition, meaning each group plays against each other during the lesson. Each group will need a captain, change the captain every game to ensure children get equal opportunities to lead. Captains will play a game of rock, paper, scissors to see who starts the game off.
Bench Ball – Lay out 2 benches, one at either end of the hall. Assign 1 member of each team to stand at alternate ends of the hall on the bench. Children are working to get the ball to their team member standing on the bench once the ball reaches their team member another child (from the same team) will join them on the bench. Continue the game until one team has all their members standing on the bench.
First to Ten – Ask two teams to spread out across the hall or field, make sure they are mixed up and not standing next to their own team. The objective of this game is to complete 10 passes in a row with your team, without losing possession of the ball. Children from the opposite team can intercept passes but encourage children to be careful and make minimal contact with others (i.e. no tackling). Once a team wins swap the groups over to allow others to play.
To simplify the game, reduce the number of passes needed to reach the other side.