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Learning team roles through padder tennis


Learning about roles in sport through padder tennis.

Unit aim

To experience and explore a range of roles within competitive sports.

General overview

In this unit students will experience different roles within a sporting competition. They will learn the skills to play the game of padder tennis. They will learn skills of assertiveness. They will modify the rules of the game to suit all team members, organise the draw and play the competition.

Key area(s) of learning

Sport Studies, Physical Activity.

Underlying concepts

This unit will enable students to develop respect for the rights of other people through an acceptance of a range of abilities (attitudes and values) and develop personal skills to take collective action to improve personal well-being and the environment (health promotion).


Learning outcome

Learning experiences

Assessment opportunities

4B2 Students will demonstrate the skills and rules to play a game of padder tennis.Students take on roles in a padder tennis competition (players, referees and coaches). In groups of four devise a game based on padder tennis equipment. Teach this game to another set of four.Discuss, as a class, the most effective rules and agree on modified rules for the class game.Children learn and practise skills involved in padder tennis.Peer coaching to ensure that all students have an adequate skill level.Teacher arranges the children into teams of four. Children define and experience a range of roles for the modified game. Students discuss their experiences in each of their roles.Students record the rules for their modified game.Assess the skill level of students and then divide them into teams of equal ability. Use peer evaluation form.Self-assessment of their experiences in the roles.
4C3 Explore the attitudes, values and roles surrounding a team competition.Describe and demonstrate assertive strategies for dealing with conflict situations. Highlight examples of assertive/aggressive behaviour in a team game.Discuss strategies for dealing with player conflict.Develop a team chant, name, uniform.Discuss how to give appropriate feedback to team members.Students administer the padder tennis competition.Discuss positives, negatives, and associated feelings about the competition. Recording of assertive strategies eg T-chart.Teacher observation of players' effectiveness and contribution to their team.

Possible teaching approaches

Experiential learning and sport education.

Possible lesson sequence:

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Students worksheets:

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