Learn about the history of tennis. You'll discover the origins of tennis and other ball games played with the palm of the hand or a racquet and try out some of the related games from the past and present.

Session 1 History

Objectives

History

  • Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Teaching and Activities

Research the history of tennis from historical drawings of related games. Put the versions of tennis in the correct place on a family tree.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research the history of tennis.

Children will:

  • Interpret a historical source.
  • Explain how tennis changed over the years.
  • Put source images in chronological order.

You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Glue

Session 2 Racquets

Objectives

History

  • Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately, (e.g. cutting, shaping, joining and finishing).
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the design of racquets through the ages and then choose one to recreate, following given instructions

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research different types of racquets.
  • To research how to make a tennis racquet.

Children will:

  • Explain why the design of an object has changed through time.
  • Use various construction materials to make a replica tennis racquet.
  • Give feedback on each other's designs.

You Will Need

  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Sticky tape
  • FiMo
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Session 3 Play the game

Objectives

History

  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

PE

  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, (e.g. badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Teaching and Activities

Have a tennis tournament based on the rules of one of the historical games.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To work out the rules of various tennis-like games from historical sources.
  • To play tennis-like games.

Children will:

  • Deduce information from different historical sources
  • Synthesize information from historical sources
  • Play tennis games with modified rules

You Will Need

  • Tennis racquets
  • Balls
  • Space for a court