Year 4 Tag Rugby Lesson 3

Learning Intentions

  1. Keep possession of the ball in small groups unchallenged
  2. Keep possession of the ball and progress up the pitch consistently

Skill Development: Keeping possession

Success Criteria

  1. I can keep the ball working with my team
  2. I can keep the ball within my team while we attack

National Curriculum Links

Developing attacking tactics

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicating as part of a team to keep possession

Numeracy: Using correct angles to make runs, creating space and maintaining possession of the ball

Starter Activity

Keep Ball

Mark a 15x15m square. Split group into teams of 6/7/8, two teams within the square one attacking and one defending. All attackers start with a ball and running around ensuring that they do not get tagged. All the defenders are trying to tag the attackers, if an attacker is tagged they must take the ball off the pitch and leave it there, but they are allowed to re-join the game and provide support to their team by being able to receive passes, this continues until the last attacker has been tagged. Defenders are only able to tag an attacker if they have the ball.

Skill Development

Keeping possession

Build-Up Drill– Mark out a 10 x 10m square and split the group into teams of 5. One team, who are the attackers, start in the square and pass around a rugby ball, they all should be moving into space asking for the ball. After seven successful, consecutive passes a defender is introduced into the square who tries to intercept the ball or tag the attackers after another seven passes another defender is added and so on until it is 5v5 in the square. It should be a fast-paced and energetic activity which will come from your emphasis and encouragement. Allow all the players to experience defending and attacking and also swap teams around so that players will encounter playing different opponents.

Challenge: You can increase the number of passes the attackers need to complete before a defender is introduced, you could keep adding defenders, so there are more defenders than attackers in the square

Development: Make the square larger or decrease the number of passes

Activity

Set up a game 5 v 3 the advantage will be to the team with 5 players. This is to allow pupils to experience success in keeping possession of the ball. Both teams are trying to score tries. Allow all players to experience playing on both sides, rotate teams so that players are playing against different opponents.

Challenge: Introduce a rule where the team has to pass at least 2/3 times before they can attempt to score a try.

Rules;

  1. Can only tag the player with the ball
  2. Once tagged, MUST hand tag back to opponent straight away
  3. Must attempt to pass backwards

Teaching Points

Keeping possession

  1. Look for a teammate in space
  2. Communicate with your team who is in space? Where are they in relation to the person who has the ball
  3. When in possession of the ball run straight
  4. Once tagged then pass the ball

Key Questions

  1. Why do we want the person in space to have possession of the ball?
  2. How can we make it easier for our team to get the ball to the person in space?
  3. Why do we want to be running forward and straight all the time we have the ball?

Year 4 Tag Rugby Lesson 3

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Learning Intentions

  1. Keep possession of the ball in small groups unchallenged
  2. Keep possession of the ball and progress up the pitch consistently

Skill Development: Keeping possession

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Success Criteria

  1. I can keep the ball working with my team
  2. I can keep the ball within my team while we attack
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National Curriculum Links

Developing attacking tactics

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Communicating as part of a team to keep possession

Numeracy: Using correct angles to make runs, creating space and maintaining possession of the ball

Year 4 Tag Rugby Lesson 3

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Starter Activity

Keep Ball

Mark a 15x15m square. Split group into teams of 6/7/8, two teams within the square one attacking and one defending. All attackers start with a ball and running around ensuring that they do not get tagged. All the defenders are trying to tag the attackers, if an attacker is tagged they must take the ball off the pitch and leave it there, but they are allowed to re-join the game and provide support to their team by being able to receive passes, this continues until the last attacker has been tagged. Defenders are only able to tag an attacker if they have the ball.

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Skill Development

Keeping possession

Build-Up Drill– Mark out a 10 x 10m square and split the group into teams of 5. One team, who are the attackers, start in the square and pass around a rugby ball, they all should be moving into space asking for the ball. After seven successful, consecutive passes a defender is introduced into the square who tries to intercept the ball or tag the attackers after another seven passes another defender is added and so on until it is 5v5 in the square. It should be a fast-paced and energetic activity which will come from your emphasis and encouragement. Allow all the players to experience defending and attacking and also swap teams around so that players will encounter playing different opponents.

Challenge: You can increase the number of passes the attackers need to complete before a defender is introduced, you could keep adding defenders, so there are more defenders than attackers in the square

Development: Make the square larger or decrease the number of passes

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Activity

Set up a game 5 v 3 the advantage will be to the team with 5 players. This is to allow pupils to experience success in keeping possession of the ball. Both teams are trying to score tries. Allow all players to experience playing on both sides, rotate teams so that players are playing against different opponents.

Challenge: Introduce a rule where the team has to pass at least 2/3 times before they can attempt to score a try.

Rules;

  1. Can only tag the player with the ball
  2. Once tagged, MUST hand tag back to opponent straight away
  3. Must attempt to pass backwards

Teaching Points

Keeping possession

  1. Look for a teammate in space
  2. Communicate with your team who is in space? Where are they in relation to the person who has the ball
  3. When in possession of the ball run straight
  4. Once tagged then pass the ball

Key Questions

  1. Why do we want the person in space to have possession of the ball?
  2. How can we make it easier for our team to get the ball to the person in space?
  3. Why do we want to be running forward and straight all the time we have the ball?