Year 3 Tag Rugby Lesson 5

Learning Intentions

  1. When defending get close to the ball carrier.
  2. Work together as defenders.
  3. Explain what is meant by closing down space.

Skill Development: Closing down the attacker.

Success Criteria

  1. I am confident to get close and tag a player.
  2. I can work with a partner to tag an attacker.
  3. I can describe ‘closing down space’ as a defender.

National Curriculum Links

Extend agility and coordination individually and with others

 

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicating about working cooperatively as defenders

Numeracy: Estimating accurately 3 seconds to make a pass

Starter Activity

Rob the nest

Split the class into 4 or 5 teams, each with a hoop. In the centre of the groups place 2/3 hoops that contain plenty of balls (enough for every member of the group – use soft balls, dodgeballs etc to make up for any lack).

Number each child from 1-5, on the whistle no. 1’s must run to the ‘nest’ select a ball and carry it back to their teams’ hoop.  The next team member cannot go until the ball is safely placed two hands, in the teams’ hoop.  The game is over when all balls are stolen from the nest and the winning team is the one with the most balls in their hoop.

Extension:  Add cones that they must weave in and out of on the way back to their teams’ hoop.  Increase the distance from ‘nest’ to teams hoop.

Activity 1

Track the attackers – This game is designed for the defenders to get used to getting close and tagging the player with the ball.  The advantage is set to the defenders, by each attacker carrying a ball.  This gives them many chances to make a successful tag.

  • Play the game 3 v 5, with 3 defenders and 5 attackers, each carrying a ball. Any ball will do if you do not have enough balls for this exercise.  The principle is to ensure attackers are always using 2 hands to carry the ball. Play on a square pitch, with the defenders spread across the middle
  • The aim is for the ball carriers to make it to the far end without being tagged (attackers cannot fend off a defender with their hands)
  • The defender should move forward to the attackers looking to take their tag (once taken it should be handed back)
  • When a player is tagged they move out of the area
  • Play back and forth until all attackers have been tagged, then swap teams around. This is a fast-moving game so no one will be standing around for long

After a few plays through ask the pupils about working together as defenders, do they have more chance of tagging a player if 2 of them work together? (Yes by closing down space the attacker has) – Play again this time focusing on supporting one another to make a tag.

Skill Development

Closing down the attacker 

  • Play the game 2 v 1 with 2 defenders and 1 attacker
  • The attacker runs side to side on the baseline waiting for the teacher’s command to ‘go’
  • The defenders are waiting on the far line and must work together to close down the player before they can cross the defenders’ line

Extension: Defenders start facing in the opposite direction and on the teachers shout of ‘go’ the defenders turn and the attacker moves forward.

 

Activity 2

Assessment for learning – Adapting the AFL game from lesson 1, play 4 v 2 to start with. The aim of the game is for the attackers to score a try by moving from the start line to the safe zone without being tagged/have their tag taken.  The defenders should try and implement the skills of working as a pair to close down the ball carrier.  Regularly swap players to create the 4 v 2 so all experience several attempts and to play with a variety of teammates in different roles.

Rules:

  1. Only the ball carrier can be tagged
  2. When the ball carrier is tagged they must pass the ball within 3 seconds
  3. Defenders must return the tag in a sportsmanlike manner
  4. The ball does not need to be grounded behind the try line
  5. The ball can be passed in any direction

Extension: Introduce the idea of a maximum number of tags, which in a proper game is 3.  So if the attacking team have 3 of their tags taken their attack is over.  Abler players pass backwards only.

 

Teaching Points

Closing down the attacker

  1. Communicate with your partner.
  2. Track the attackers’ path.
  3. Try to pressure the attacker to the sidelines or area of no space.
  4. Please note defenders cannot obstruct attackers by standing/running directly in front of them, the tag must be taken from beside or behind.

Key Questions

  1. What did you do to try and defend the space?
  2. How did you work with a partner to close down space for the attacker?
  3. Where are you not allowed to stand/run when defending (directly in front of the attacker)?

Year 3 Tag Rugby Lesson 5

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Learning Intentions

  1. When defending get close to the ball carrier.
  2. Work together as defenders.
  3. Explain what is meant by closing down space.

Skill Development: Closing down the attacker.

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Success Criteria

  1. I am confident to get close and tag a player.
  2. I can work with a partner to tag an attacker.
  3. I can describe ‘closing down space’ as a defender.
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National Curriculum Links

Extend agility and coordination individually and with others

 

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicating about working cooperatively as defenders

Numeracy: Estimating accurately 3 seconds to make a pass

Year 3 Tag Rugby Lesson 5

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Starter Activity

Rob the nest

Split the class into 4 or 5 teams, each with a hoop. In the centre of the groups place 2/3 hoops that contain plenty of balls (enough for every member of the group – use soft balls, dodgeballs etc to make up for any lack).

Number each child from 1-5, on the whistle no. 1’s must run to the ‘nest’ select a ball and carry it back to their teams’ hoop.  The next team member cannot go until the ball is safely placed two hands, in the teams’ hoop.  The game is over when all balls are stolen from the nest and the winning team is the one with the most balls in their hoop.

Extension:  Add cones that they must weave in and out of on the way back to their teams’ hoop.  Increase the distance from ‘nest’ to teams hoop.

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Activity 1

Track the attackers – This game is designed for the defenders to get used to getting close and tagging the player with the ball.  The advantage is set to the defenders, by each attacker carrying a ball.  This gives them many chances to make a successful tag.

  • Play the game 3 v 5, with 3 defenders and 5 attackers, each carrying a ball. Any ball will do if you do not have enough balls for this exercise.  The principle is to ensure attackers are always using 2 hands to carry the ball. Play on a square pitch, with the defenders spread across the middle
  • The aim is for the ball carriers to make it to the far end without being tagged (attackers cannot fend off a defender with their hands)
  • The defender should move forward to the attackers looking to take their tag (once taken it should be handed back)
  • When a player is tagged they move out of the area
  • Play back and forth until all attackers have been tagged, then swap teams around. This is a fast-moving game so no one will be standing around for long

After a few plays through ask the pupils about working together as defenders, do they have more chance of tagging a player if 2 of them work together? (Yes by closing down space the attacker has) – Play again this time focusing on supporting one another to make a tag.

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Skill Development

Closing down the attacker 

  • Play the game 2 v 1 with 2 defenders and 1 attacker
  • The attacker runs side to side on the baseline waiting for the teacher’s command to ‘go’
  • The defenders are waiting on the far line and must work together to close down the player before they can cross the defenders’ line

Extension: Defenders start facing in the opposite direction and on the teachers shout of ‘go’ the defenders turn and the attacker moves forward.

 

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Activity 2

Assessment for learning – Adapting the AFL game from lesson 1, play 4 v 2 to start with. The aim of the game is for the attackers to score a try by moving from the start line to the safe zone without being tagged/have their tag taken.  The defenders should try and implement the skills of working as a pair to close down the ball carrier.  Regularly swap players to create the 4 v 2 so all experience several attempts and to play with a variety of teammates in different roles.

Rules:

  1. Only the ball carrier can be tagged
  2. When the ball carrier is tagged they must pass the ball within 3 seconds
  3. Defenders must return the tag in a sportsmanlike manner
  4. The ball does not need to be grounded behind the try line
  5. The ball can be passed in any direction

Extension: Introduce the idea of a maximum number of tags, which in a proper game is 3.  So if the attacking team have 3 of their tags taken their attack is over.  Abler players pass backwards only.

 

Teaching Points

Closing down the attacker

  1. Communicate with your partner.
  2. Track the attackers’ path.
  3. Try to pressure the attacker to the sidelines or area of no space.
  4. Please note defenders cannot obstruct attackers by standing/running directly in front of them, the tag must be taken from beside or behind.

Key Questions

  1. What did you do to try and defend the space?
  2. How did you work with a partner to close down space for the attacker?
  3. Where are you not allowed to stand/run when defending (directly in front of the attacker)?