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Techy tennis


Learning about sports technology and equipment through tennis

Unit aim

To identify and critically appraise the contribution of science, technology, and the environment to tennis.

General overview

Students participate in a racquet sports programme using a range of modified equipment, and courts/facilities. Students carry out a research project either in class time or out of class time. Teachers may use a range of teaching approaches along Mosston's continuum. The lessons can be adapted to be increasingly student-centred.

Key area(s) of learning

Sports Studies, Physical Activity.

Underlying concepts

This unit will enable students to develop an understanding of the influence technology and the environment has on participation in sport (socio-ecological perspective).


Learning outcome

Learning experiences

Assessment opportunities

5B1 Acquire and apply skills for tennis by using a structured and sequenced process, with modified equipment. Students will participate in a self-paced programme to develop tennis skills using a range of modified equipment. Students complete self assessment sheet showing change in skill level through the progressions.
5A3 Students will investigate and experience ways technology and the environment influence participation in tennis.
  • Students participate in self-paced programme of tennis and rate their enjoyment for each progression, considering type of racquet, ball, and court size.
  • Students investigate and identify technological changes and their impact on participation in tennis, and the way in which tennis is played.

Students complete self assessment sheet showing levels of enjoyment and summary statement.

PDF icon. Techy Tennis (recording worksheet) (PDF, 15 KB)

 Students complete research task and historical and technological changes of tennis.

Word icon. Techy Tennis - Research Instruction sheet (Word, 29 KB)

Possible teaching approaches

Mosston's teaching continuum. In this activity students move from command style teaching to student-initiated.

Possible lesson sequence:

Word icon. Techy Tennis (Possible lesson sequence) (Word, 23 KB)

PDF icon. Techy Tennis (Possible lesson sequence) (PDF, 5 KB)

Students worksheets:

Word icon. Techy Tennis (recording worksheet) (Word, 42 KB)

PDF icon. Techy Tennis (recording worksheet) (PDF, 15 KB)