Sports Tournaments

Block J - Tennis Tournaments

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.

Is there a tennis tournament on? Find out about Wimbledon and the other Grand Slam tournaments, the tension between amateur and professional players and the beginning of the 'open era' of tennis tournaments, as well as the advent of women's championships. Host your own tournament!

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: Timeline

Using our template, make a timeline of when the major tournaments were started, and some of the other major events in the history of tennis tournaments; make a class calendar to keep track of when major tournaments are played and mark the tournament locations on maps.

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02: Debate

Host a class debate on one of the following topics: Should professional tennis players be excluded from tournaments? Should women be paid the same as men? Should all children play tennis at school?

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03: Play the game

Have a tennis tournament of your own. Decide whether to play singles or doubles, and give out roles like ball-boy and ball-girl, referee, commentator.