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!

Session 1 Timeline

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

English

  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a timeline of tennis tournament history.
  • To research the history of tennis tournaments for relevant information.
  • To make a map of where major tennis tournaments take place.

Children will:

  • Put dates into chronological order on a timeline.
  • Retrieve factual information from non-fiction.
  • Locate some cities and countries on a world map.

You Will Need

  • Wall year planner
  • Large world map.

Session 2 Debate

Objectives

History

  • Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

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?

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research information for a debate.
  • To debate a motion related to tennis history.

Children will:

  • Structure information into a coherent argument.
  • Take part in a debate.
  • Present in front of the class.

You Will Need

  • Stopwatch
  • Gavel

Session 3 Play the game

Objectives

PE

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

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To take part in a tennis tournament.
  • To take on different roles in the tournament.

Children will:

  • Play a game of tennis.
  • Keep track of the points of a tennis game.
  • Commentate on a tennis game.

You Will Need

  • Tennis equipment and court
  • Audio recording equipment