Year 5 Tennis Lesson 2

Learning Intentions

  1. Identify the techniques used in a volley shot
  2. Be prepared and ready to return using a volley shot
  3. Describe the purpose of/when to use a volley shot

Skill Development: Volley Shots

Success Criteria

  1. I can attempt to volley forehand and backhand
  2. I can move towards the ball and volley when I know which side it is coming
  3. I can explain why you move towards a ball to volley

National Curriculum Links

Play with and against others for sustained periods of play

Introducing tennis shots

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Describe aspects of and why a volley shot is important in a game

Numeracy: Keep count of successful volleys and compare to partners score

Starter Activity

Children in groups of approximately 5. Set up as many courts needed so that children can play against each other over a net or bench 5 v 5. The aim of the game is using hands keep the ball going back and forth over the net.

The ball can bounce as many times as needed but can not roll—teacher to decide if restricted bounces to make it harder where appropriate. Children need to communicate with each other to know who is going for a ball or who is not.

Extension: Racquets can be introduced to make it harder but space must be available, so children are not too close together on their side so they do not hit each other when trying to hit the ball.

Skill Development

Throwing to volley

Play in partners standing opposite each other a few paces apart. One player feeds the ball to their partner who has to volley the ball back for their partner to catch. When children are successful at that distance, they can take a few paces back, so they are further apart. Teacher to ensure children swap over regularly so both can practice feeding and volleying.

Activity

Running to Volley. Often in a game of tennis players will need to move forward to volley a ball and this can often be close to the net. The aim of this game is for children to extend the volleying skill development practice into moving towards the ball to volley back.

  • Again in partners, stand opposite but this time separated by a net. One is the feeder, and one is the hitter. In this game, the hitter has to stand back from the net.
  • As they run forward their partner should throw a ball towards them for them to volley. Start the game by the player showing which side they want to to be fed the ball, then extend so players can throw either to their forehand or backhand for the player to volley.
  • The player hitting should again try to hit the ball back to their partner. Ensure players swap roles.

Extension: Introduce a scoring system. If the hitter successfully volleys a ball back to their partner’s hands (does not matter if they do not catch as long as the ball has gone back to their hands), they get the point. Who can get the most points?

Teaching Points

Volley Shots

  1. Volley is hitting the ball before it bounces
  2. Children volleying should keep their racket up and not hold it by their side.
  3. Do not swing through but allow the ball to hit the racquet—as they improve they can then begin to push through as the ball lands on the racquet to their partner to generate more power
  4. Hold the racket out in front of the body

Key Questions

  1. Often in tennis one player is the feeder. Why is this role important?
  2. A what points in a game might you use a volley?
  3. Why do you not swing through on a volley?
  4. Why should you keep your racquet up? (to be ready to return as volleys in a game will sometimes come fast which reduces reaction time and can often be close to the net)

Year 5 Tennis Lesson 2

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Learning Intentions

  1. Identify the techniques used in a volley shot
  2. Be prepared and ready to return using a volley shot
  3. Describe the purpose of/when to use a volley shot

Skill Development: Volley Shots

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Success Criteria

  1. I can attempt to volley forehand and backhand
  2. I can move towards the ball and volley when I know which side it is coming
  3. I can explain why you move towards a ball to volley
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National Curriculum Links

Play with and against others for sustained periods of play

Introducing tennis shots

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Describe aspects of and why a volley shot is important in a game

Numeracy: Keep count of successful volleys and compare to partners score

Year 5 Tennis Lesson 2

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Starter Activity

Children in groups of approximately 5. Set up as many courts needed so that children can play against each other over a net or bench 5 v 5. The aim of the game is using hands keep the ball going back and forth over the net.

The ball can bounce as many times as needed but can not roll—teacher to decide if restricted bounces to make it harder where appropriate. Children need to communicate with each other to know who is going for a ball or who is not.

Extension: Racquets can be introduced to make it harder but space must be available, so children are not too close together on their side so they do not hit each other when trying to hit the ball.

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Skill Development

Throwing to volley

Play in partners standing opposite each other a few paces apart. One player feeds the ball to their partner who has to volley the ball back for their partner to catch. When children are successful at that distance, they can take a few paces back, so they are further apart. Teacher to ensure children swap over regularly so both can practice feeding and volleying.

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Activity

Running to Volley. Often in a game of tennis players will need to move forward to volley a ball and this can often be close to the net. The aim of this game is for children to extend the volleying skill development practice into moving towards the ball to volley back.

  • Again in partners, stand opposite but this time separated by a net. One is the feeder, and one is the hitter. In this game, the hitter has to stand back from the net.
  • As they run forward their partner should throw a ball towards them for them to volley. Start the game by the player showing which side they want to to be fed the ball, then extend so players can throw either to their forehand or backhand for the player to volley.
  • The player hitting should again try to hit the ball back to their partner. Ensure players swap roles.

Extension: Introduce a scoring system. If the hitter successfully volleys a ball back to their partner’s hands (does not matter if they do not catch as long as the ball has gone back to their hands), they get the point. Who can get the most points?

Teaching Points

Volley Shots

  1. Volley is hitting the ball before it bounces
  2. Children volleying should keep their racket up and not hold it by their side.
  3. Do not swing through but allow the ball to hit the racquet—as they improve they can then begin to push through as the ball lands on the racquet to their partner to generate more power
  4. Hold the racket out in front of the body

Key Questions

  1. Often in tennis one player is the feeder. Why is this role important?
  2. A what points in a game might you use a volley?
  3. Why do you not swing through on a volley?
  4. Why should you keep your racquet up? (to be ready to return as volleys in a game will sometimes come fast which reduces reaction time and can often be close to the net)