Sports Tournaments

Block G - History of Cricket

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.

Learn about the history of cricket: where it got its name, where was it invented and how has it changed over the centuries. From its origins as a children's game, it gained popularity as a game for adults and eventually the game spread from England to places that Britain took over as part of the British Empire, which was the basis for several controversies.

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: When and where?

Research the history of cricket, including protective equipment, from historical drawings and sources. Discuss where you think cricket was invented. Play French cricket.

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02: The Empire Years

Explore the ramifications of the British Empire in terms of its effects on cricket and annotate a map with this historical information. Learn about the rivalry between India and Pakistan after Partition, and how South Africa was banned from competing over apartheid. Write speeches about the potential for sport to bring people together or increase competitiveness.

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03: Howzat

Make and play a cricket dice game to explore how maths is used in cricket to either present information using an appropriate graphical method or in working out batting and bowling averages to rank players and teams.

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04: Play the game

Play a game of cricket, modifying the rules as appropriate and given what children already know about managing the risk of playing this game. Keep track of batting scores to work out batting averages.