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Year 3, Cricket, Lesson 3

Learning Intentions

  1. Strike a bowled ball
  2. Apply simple tactics to choose where to hit the ball
  3. To score runs

Skill Development: Foot placement to strike the ball

Success Criteria

  1. I can hit a ball someone has bowled to me
  2. I can look to try and hit the ball into space
  3. I can score runs

National Curriculum Links

Developing foot movement to strike a bowled ball.

Literacy and Numeracy Links

L  Able to describe the need for foot movement when hitting a ball someone has bowled

N Judge the fielders’ positions and distance to estimate where to hit the ball into space

Starter Activity

‘Quick Feet’ Split the class into two groups and set up two games. One big game is not suitable for younger children. Set up a 10 x 10 box with 10 players inside and one player on the outside with a bucket of soft balls; 5 players wearing coloured bibs, their job is to collect stray balls and return to the bucket. The thrower must throw the ball and hit a player below the knees, when a player is hit they must come out of the box and join the thrower. The last player left in the box is the winner. Swap roles three times so there is a fair split between being a ball collector and being in the box. The players should get used to moving their feet quickly to dodge out of the way.

Starter Activity Diagram


Skill Development

Moving to the ball
To be able to hit the ball accurately, the batter must be in the correct position and close to the ball. When pupils are first learning to hit a bowled ball, they often wait for the ball to arrive at their feet and when it falls short or comes closer than they expect they miss it. Different foot positions are needed for different shots, but it is good practice to develop foot movement early on and encourage players to step towards to where the bowled ball will bounce. Set up players into groups of 4 each with 2 x cones.


Teaching Points

The bowler should bowl accurately into the hoop for the ball to bounce up for the batter, rotate roles of 4 players regularly.

  1. Start by batter moving to catch the ball they should anticipate the bounce and where the ball will travel
  2. Once players are confident to move their feet, introduce the bat—if some players are struggling they could try first patting the ball with their hand then moving to the bat

Extension: Straight drive, the players should move their feet, so it is line with the bounce of the ball and attempt a straight drive from the first lesson


Diamond Cricket

Four sets of stumps and four bats are required to play the game. If enough equipment allows, two games could be set up. The bowler stands in the centre of the pitch, each set of stumps has wicketkeeper and the rest of the fielders spread out in the field. The batting team has four batters in at one time with the rest of the team waiting at the side. When the ball is hit, all batters should run to their right-hand side. Batters can be caught out, bowled or run out (more than one batter can be out at a time, e.g. one caught and one run out). Batters bat until either all are out or for a specified amount of time.



Key Questions

  1. Why do we need to move to the ball when batting?
  2. How can moving to the ball help us choose where to hit it?
  3. When batting where should we look to hit the ball?
  4. How can you work as a team to score runs in diamond cricket?