Year 4 Hockey Lesson 4

Learning Intentions

  1. Increase distance on passes
  2. Be able to use the slap pass with some accuracy
  3. To be able to use the rules of the game to monitor play

Skill Development: Slap pass

Success Criteria

  1. I can pass the ball accurately over longer distances
  2. I have attempted a slap pass in a competitive game situation
  3. I can decide when a ball leaves the pitch which team should have side-line/backline hit

National Curriculum Links

Implement rules to a modified game to play in a sportsmanlike and competitive way.

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicate as fielders to get the ball in the Cone Zone and to the goal

Numeracy: Count passes made before scoring in the extension activity

Starter Activity

‘Pull or push’ – Set out two rows of cones the entire length of the pitch/space available; the cones should be roughly 5 metres apart. With a stick, ask all pupils to line up one behind another between the rows of cones. Stood in the ready position (basic grip, knees bent and on toes) call either ‘push’ or ‘pull’. If you call ‘push’ pupils should run to their left and place their stick over the line of cones (open face); ‘pull’ they should step to their right and place their stick over the line of cones. Try and catch the pupils out by mixing up the words. This activity has pupils moving their feet and stick at the same time in preparation for learning the slap.

Extension: Give the pupils a ball each and on push or pull they should try and move the ball with control over the line of cones, this will give them lots of opportunities to practise their reverse stick stop from the last session.

Activity

  • There are a batting and a fielding team (max seven players on each team so you may need to set up 2 or 3 games). Batters job is to ‘slap’ a hockey ball rolled lightly to them by one of the fielding team. Once B has hit the ball, they must set off around the numbered cones followed by their entire team and over the batters finish line at cone 4 (note the finish line is well away from the goal mouth).
  • The fielders task is to collect the ball as quickly as possible and pass it to one of their players within the coned zone at the back; once they have passed to one player in the cone zone, they can move forward and try and score a goal.
  • The batters objective is to get all their players over the line before a goal is scored by the fielders.

Extension: Fielders must make three passes in the cone zone before they can move forward and shoot; batters must slap the ball into specific areas on the pitch to score bonus points.

Skill Development

After each team has had the chance to bat and field bring them together to look at how they can refine their slap technique. Using the space available on the pitch and with all players hitting in the same direction place pupils in pairs and take them through progressions to improve their slap (then put back into the conditioned game).

  1. As in the conditioned game, start by having one player roll the ball gently to their partner who slaps it back
  2. Increase the distance of the roll but only if the players are achieving success over a shorter range
  3. Players move closer together again and gently slap the ball to one another over a short distance, encourage them to stop the ball initially before slapping it back, as they improve they may wish to slap without stopping the ball
  4. As pupils achieve success increase the distance, if the accuracy of the slap decreases, move closer and repeat the process

Teaching Points

Slap hit

  1. Hands in basic grip (wide)
  2. Ball placed inside your front foot
  3. Left foot pointing at the target
  4. Knees bent
  5. Short backswing
  6. Rotate hips to produce power

Key Questions

  1. How can we produce more power to make slap hit go further?
  2. Why is the slap hit used over long and short distances? (accuracy)
  3. Where should the ball be before you hit it?

Year 4 Hockey Lesson 4

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Learning Intentions

  1. Increase distance on passes
  2. Be able to use the slap pass with some accuracy
  3. To be able to use the rules of the game to monitor play

Skill Development: Slap pass

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Success Criteria

  1. I can pass the ball accurately over longer distances
  2. I have attempted a slap pass in a competitive game situation
  3. I can decide when a ball leaves the pitch which team should have side-line/backline hit
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National Curriculum Links

Implement rules to a modified game to play in a sportsmanlike and competitive way.

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicate as fielders to get the ball in the Cone Zone and to the goal

Numeracy: Count passes made before scoring in the extension activity

Year 4 Hockey Lesson 4

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Starter Activity

‘Pull or push’ – Set out two rows of cones the entire length of the pitch/space available; the cones should be roughly 5 metres apart. With a stick, ask all pupils to line up one behind another between the rows of cones. Stood in the ready position (basic grip, knees bent and on toes) call either ‘push’ or ‘pull’. If you call ‘push’ pupils should run to their left and place their stick over the line of cones (open face); ‘pull’ they should step to their right and place their stick over the line of cones. Try and catch the pupils out by mixing up the words. This activity has pupils moving their feet and stick at the same time in preparation for learning the slap.

Extension: Give the pupils a ball each and on push or pull they should try and move the ball with control over the line of cones, this will give them lots of opportunities to practise their reverse stick stop from the last session.

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Activity

  • There are a batting and a fielding team (max seven players on each team so you may need to set up 2 or 3 games). Batters job is to ‘slap’ a hockey ball rolled lightly to them by one of the fielding team. Once B has hit the ball, they must set off around the numbered cones followed by their entire team and over the batters finish line at cone 4 (note the finish line is well away from the goal mouth).
  • The fielders task is to collect the ball as quickly as possible and pass it to one of their players within the coned zone at the back; once they have passed to one player in the cone zone, they can move forward and try and score a goal.
  • The batters objective is to get all their players over the line before a goal is scored by the fielders.

Extension: Fielders must make three passes in the cone zone before they can move forward and shoot; batters must slap the ball into specific areas on the pitch to score bonus points.

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Skill Development

After each team has had the chance to bat and field bring them together to look at how they can refine their slap technique. Using the space available on the pitch and with all players hitting in the same direction place pupils in pairs and take them through progressions to improve their slap (then put back into the conditioned game).

  1. As in the conditioned game, start by having one player roll the ball gently to their partner who slaps it back
  2. Increase the distance of the roll but only if the players are achieving success over a shorter range
  3. Players move closer together again and gently slap the ball to one another over a short distance, encourage them to stop the ball initially before slapping it back, as they improve they may wish to slap without stopping the ball
  4. As pupils achieve success increase the distance, if the accuracy of the slap decreases, move closer and repeat the process

Teaching Points

Slap hit

  1. Hands in basic grip (wide)
  2. Ball placed inside your front foot
  3. Left foot pointing at the target
  4. Knees bent
  5. Short backswing
  6. Rotate hips to produce power

Key Questions

  1. How can we produce more power to make slap hit go further?
  2. Why is the slap hit used over long and short distances? (accuracy)
  3. Where should the ball be before you hit it?