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Reception, Physical Literacy, Unit 5 Lesson 3

Learning Intentions

  1. Reproduce movements with a ball bilaterally with feet.
  2. Practise making contact with a ball using feet and legs.

Success Criteria

  1. I can kick a ball with might right and left foot.
  2. I can stop a ball with my legs and feet.

National Curriculum Links

Developing coordination

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Can use the words, kick, stop and play in a sentence.
Numeracy: Can keep record of how many turns they have taken.

Starter Activity

Not in my back yard

Set pupils up in to small teams of 4 v 4 or 5 v 5 on a small pitch as in diagram. Players should spread themselves out in their own half. Play the game with 3 balls which can start anywhere on the pitch. If a ball enters team A’s half or their ’back yard’ they must kick it back in to their oppositions back yard. Play for a set amount of time, the team with the least number of balls in their back yard when the whistle sounds are the winners.  Foam balls or low bounce balls are best for this activity.

Activity 1

  • Keeping pupils in their playing areas, divided in to halves one team now becomes the attackers and the other become the defenders.
  • Team A (now attackers) stand on their back line, Team B spread out in their half sat on the floor.
  • Team A must roll the ball and attempt to get it over Team B’s back line. Team B must use their feet or legs to stop the ball, no hands are allowed. Team B must always stay sat on their bottom and not come up on to their knees.
  • Team A collect the all when it goes our of play and return to their base line. Team B return the ball if they stop it successfully or if a goal is scored

Play for a set time, Team A get a point each time the ball goes over Team B’s back line.  Swap over. If time allows, you may also wish to rearrange teams to play one another.

Extension: Defending team are now standing up but they are not allowed to move from the position they are stood, and cannot use their hands. Therefore they must reach out with their legs and feet to stop the ball (reduce playing area size where necessary).

Activity 2


Set up 2 playing areas as in diagram 2. To help organisation, give each pupil a cone to mark where they should sit. In the centre of the playing area, set up 2 cones with 2 balls on.

Split the class in to 4 equal teams. There are 2 games going on simultaneously, but because the numbers in each group are the same, the teacher can control both groups simultaneously. Give each pupil in a team a number from 1 to 7/8 depending on how many pupils are in each team.

How to play

  • The teacher calls number ‘2’ all the players that are number ‘2’ jump up, they should then run and touch the cone on the back line to their right and then sprint to the middle and kick the ball over the back line.
  • Both number 2’s should be running and kicking in opposite directions.
  • Play through a few times so everyone gets a go, and change the foot they must kick with.
  • To speed up the game, teacher and assistant can return the balls to the cones.

Teaching Points

Contact with feet and legs

  1. Contact the ball with the side of the foot when kicking.
  2. Encourage pupils to point their feet and look in the direction they wish to send the ball.
  3. When stopping the ball with their legs, try to create a long barrier as there is greater surface area to stop the ball.

Key Questions

  1. Which foot do you find it easier to kick and stop the ball with?
  2. Why is it more difficult to stop the ball when we are sat on our bottoms?
  3. Why was it important to run as quickly as possible on activity two?
  4. Which game was your favourite?