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Year 6, Athletics, Lesson 4

Learning Intentions

  1. Work in groups to set up running, throwing and jumping activities
  2. Teach your activities to another group

Skill Development: STEP Principle

Success Criteria

  1. I can organise either a running, jumping or throwing activity
  2. I can use the STEP principle
  3. I can record data accurately

National Curriculum Links

Work collaboratively to develop, compete and teach athletic events

Literacy and Numeracy Links

L To be able to teach others using appropriate language
N Measure and record times and distances

Starter Activity


Discuss how gears are used in cars or on bikes etc. To speed up, we accelerate and slow down we decelerate. Choose appropriate number of gears e.g. 1 = very slow walking, 2 = walking, 3 = jogging, 4 = striding, 5 = running. Children to move around the working area choosing appropriate action to the gear given. Begin by going through the gears in order then develop into selecting any gear at any time so children may have to go from very slow walking straight to running, or running into slow walking.

Skill Development

Children should recap over the STEP principal which they have learnt in previous units.

How much space do you need to perform the task safely (when throwing think about the safety issues carefully).
Mark an area out using cones or markers.

Describe the task you want to be carried out. Choose a task which is achievable and relevant.
Make the task enjoyable.

Choose equipment appropriate to the task. How could you change the equipment to make the activity a little easier or a little harder?
Ensure there is sufficient equipment.

Think about the age and ability of participants.
Select an appropriate number of participants.
Adapt task for people with special needs.

Play Not in my Backyard. The playing area should be split in two. Half of the children on one side and the other half on the other. Distribute an even amount of soft equipment to each side. The aim of the game is to clean your backyard of all of the equipment to the other side while the other side is doing the same. Play for 1 minute then count equipment on each side. The team with the fewest items wins.
After the game discuss with children the different ways, they could change the game with one of the STEP principals. Replay the game with some of the ideas that have been discussed.


After children have had some opportunities playing ‘Not in my Backyard’. Split them into groups of approximately 4 or 5 and give them a specific focus that they should plan an activity for. For example:

  • running fast over a short distance
  • throwing for distance
  • throwing for accuracy
  • jumping for distance

The actions you choose will depend on the space available.
Give the groups equipment that they can use, i.e. cones, balls, beanbags or any other equipment that is available.
Remind groups to be mindful of what they are planning and to use only the space they have been given. The other groups will be planning something different, so it is important to not to cross over into their space. They should also think about ways they could change their activity according to STEP. For example: if there are less or more people playing. If time is available at the end, the groups could teach their activity to another group.

Key Questions

  1. How did you use the STEP principle in your planning?
  2. How do you know your data is accurate?
  3. Does competition improve your performance?
  4. Would you do anything differently next time?