What the lesson is about
Pupils have the chance to work in pairs or small groups to understand the principles of badminton, and through playing and umpiring they will develop their understanding of the rules of the game. This lesson is aimed at Year 7 pupils.
Aims: that pupils will:
- know how to prepare for a game of badminton;
- know the difference between the forehand and backhand grip and apply both grips;
- be able to maintain a rally with a partner;
- understand a modified scoring system;
- be able to umpire a game.
Warm up with movements specific to badminton, such as side-stepping, jumping on the spot and selected stretches. Talk about why it is important to warm up.
Introduce the racquet and name the parts. Demonstrate the correct grips, with the palm of the hand behind the handle on the forehand side and the front of the thumb behind the handle on the backhand side. Check the pupils' grips or ask their partners to check.
Using a half court, ask the pupils to hit the shuttle over the net to a partner and to try to keep the rally going. Ask them to note how many consecutive shots they can make. Give each pupil three "lives". Each time they hit the shuttle out of court or fail to get it over the net, they lose a life.
Play a "round the world" game: the first pair to make three consecutive shots moves up a court, with the pair they replace moving down.
Demonstrate how to win a rally. Ask the children to now try to beat their partner. Each pair plays a mini-game, the winner being the first to five points. Split the group into two - one from each group plays first to five, and the winner chooses a player from the other side to join their team.
Play a "king of the courts" game: pupils play in pairs and the first to five points moves up a court; the loser moves down.
Taking it further
Demonstrate a low serve. When and why would you use it? Ask the pupils to practise serving over the net into the service box. Put a hoop on the floor and ask the pupils to serve the shuttle into the hoop. Give each pupil five shuttles and see who gets the most into the hoop.
With the group in pairs, ask one pupil to hold the hoop above the net at the correct height for a low serve, while their partner serves through the hoop and into the service box. Take the hoops away and ask the pupils to serve to their partners. Move from a serve to a rally and then to a game.
Explain a modified scoring system, where pupils win a point on either serve, with the winner the first to 11 points. Ask the pupils to take part in a mini tournament, with two children umpiring each court.
Where to find it
This scheme of work, plus badminton schemes for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11, were originally uploaded by Lou1982 and can be found at www.tes.co.ukbadminton-introduction.