Sports Tournaments

Block C - History of Football

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Football's popularity is testament to the excitement of the game. Learn about its controversial history in medieval times. Find out about some of the ancient ball games that were precursors to football. Work in teams to devise your own version of football, assess the risks, and then try them out with the whole class. Decide which one was most fun, and whether any changes are needed to make them work better.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The first football match

Many countries claim to have invented football. Research the different ball games from the ancient past and decide which one you think is the most like modern football.

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02: Historical football rules

The rules of football were different when they were first formulated in 1863. Compare the original rules to the modern ones, and practice playing both sets.

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03: Football design

Investigate what footballs have been made of over the years, and what the standards for footballs are now. Test the school footballs against the FA's requirements.

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04: Football skills

Discuss what skills footballers need to play the game effectively. Try out some footballers training drills. Measure how they affect the body. Work out some training exercises they could do to improve their game.

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05: A new game of football

Football has changed a lot over the years. Work in teams to devise your own version of football, assess the risks, and then try them out with the whole class. Decide which one was most fun, and whether any changes are needed to make them work better.