Year 1 Hit Catch Run Unit 2 Lesson 5

Learning Intentions

  1. Attempt to catch a ball that has been hit in the air.
  2. Restrict runs by fielding effectively.
  3. Identify how to position to cover more space.

Skill Development: Catching a ball from the air

Success Criteria

  1. I can choose positions to stand in as a three to limit runs scored
  2. I can move towards a ball that is in the air and be ready to catch it.

National Curriculum Links

Mastering catching skills with the ball falling from height.

Literacy and Numeracy Links

L Describe how as a three you can cover the most space when fielding.

N Keep count of runs scored and work out which team is the winning team.

Starter Activity

You will need enough soft tennis balls for each pupil in the class. Split the children into two, standing half at one end and half at the other end of the playing area.

Throw the balls in the air. Children from one side of the playing area should run in to collect the balls and return back to their side. Repeat with the other half. Encourage children to work hard to try and catch the ball when it is in the air. Ensure there is enough space for children to move towards the ball without bumping into each other.

Skill Development

Working in threes. One player feeds the ball into the air.  A second player with a hoop tries to move so the ball passes through the hoop as it comes down (use bigger or smaller hoops depending on ability). The third player collects balls as it rolls off.

Rotate through roles so the ball collector becomes the feeder, the feeder becomes the player receiving with the hoop and the player with the hoop becomes a ball collector. The feeder should be trying to throw the ball fairly high. The player receiving has to track it in the air. Progress the activity so that now the receiver attempts to catch the ball as it is coming back down.

Activity

Play this game 3 v 3. A striker, using an underarm throw, throws a ball to a zone which has 3 fielders. After throwing the ball, the strikers need to score runs by running around the bases.

The fielders need to return the ball to the starting base to stop the striker scoring runs. If a fielder catches the ball from the air, then the striker gets 0 runs.

Swap the teams over so that both teams can strike and field. Encourage fielders to try and catch the ball when it is in the air so that the strikers get fewer runs. Play either timed innings or each player has 3 goes at striking before swapping.

Challenge: Fielders start by standing behind the zone so would have to move forward to catch the ball.

Development: Fielders could have hoops like in skill development activity to ‘catch’ players out.

Teaching Points

  • Have hands ready when tracking the ball in the air to move towards the attempt to catch.
  • Think about how fielders can stand in the zone to cover the most space to attempt to catch players out.

Key Questions

  1. Did you keep score to see which team scored the most runs?
  2. How did you try to score maximum runs?
  3. Why does catching the ball mean a player does not get any runs?

Year 1 Hit Catch Run Unit 2 Lesson 5

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Learning Intentions

  1. Attempt to catch a ball that has been hit in the air.
  2. Restrict runs by fielding effectively.
  3. Identify how to position to cover more space.

Skill Development: Catching a ball from the air

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Success Criteria

  1. I can choose positions to stand in as a three to limit runs scored
  2. I can move towards a ball that is in the air and be ready to catch it.
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National Curriculum Links

Mastering catching skills with the ball falling from height.

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

L Describe how as a three you can cover the most space when fielding.

N Keep count of runs scored and work out which team is the winning team.

Year 1 Hit Catch Run Unit 2 Lesson 5

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Starter Activity

You will need enough soft tennis balls for each pupil in the class. Split the children into two, standing half at one end and half at the other end of the playing area.

Throw the balls in the air. Children from one side of the playing area should run in to collect the balls and return back to their side. Repeat with the other half. Encourage children to work hard to try and catch the ball when it is in the air. Ensure there is enough space for children to move towards the ball without bumping into each other.

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Skill Development

Working in threes. One player feeds the ball into the air.  A second player with a hoop tries to move so the ball passes through the hoop as it comes down (use bigger or smaller hoops depending on ability). The third player collects balls as it rolls off.

Rotate through roles so the ball collector becomes the feeder, the feeder becomes the player receiving with the hoop and the player with the hoop becomes a ball collector. The feeder should be trying to throw the ball fairly high. The player receiving has to track it in the air. Progress the activity so that now the receiver attempts to catch the ball as it is coming back down.

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Activity

Play this game 3 v 3. A striker, using an underarm throw, throws a ball to a zone which has 3 fielders. After throwing the ball, the strikers need to score runs by running around the bases.

The fielders need to return the ball to the starting base to stop the striker scoring runs. If a fielder catches the ball from the air, then the striker gets 0 runs.

Swap the teams over so that both teams can strike and field. Encourage fielders to try and catch the ball when it is in the air so that the strikers get fewer runs. Play either timed innings or each player has 3 goes at striking before swapping.

Challenge: Fielders start by standing behind the zone so would have to move forward to catch the ball.

Development: Fielders could have hoops like in skill development activity to ‘catch’ players out.

Teaching Points

  • Have hands ready when tracking the ball in the air to move towards the attempt to catch.
  • Think about how fielders can stand in the zone to cover the most space to attempt to catch players out.

Key Questions

  1. Did you keep score to see which team scored the most runs?
  2. How did you try to score maximum runs?
  3. Why does catching the ball mean a player does not get any runs?