Lesson Plans

28th June 2013 at 01:00


1. An introduction to tennis

Help even the least sporty students get to grips with hand-eye coordination and understand how to hold - and successfully use - a tennis racket.

2. Rain stops play

Turn Wimbledon fever into a lesson on literacy and numeracy. Ask students to choose two tennis players and create a short radio script commentating on an imaginary match between them using Wimbledon statistics and vocabulary.

3. Tennis warm-ups

Pair students for a rally session and get them to hone their skills in a lesson aimed at achieving maximum performance.

4. Facts about Wimbledon

When did Wimbledon begin? Which player won his first singles title in 1976? In which year was it sunny for the entire championship?

5. Geography of sport

What has Wimbledon to do with geography? Find out where players are from, where the tournament is watched and the impact of the weather on play.

6. Hopes and dreams

Use Andy Murray as an example to inspire students to consider how they can achieve their hopes and dreams.

7. Colouring and writing

Involve young children in indoor tennis fun with a colouring and writing activity all about the game.

8. Tennis vocabulary

What's the difference between a clay court and a grass court? And what is a baseline? Improve your - and your students' - tennis vocabulary with these flash cards.

9. Mathematics of tennis

Hone students' mathematical skills with a lesson that looks at how many games might be needed to reach a Wimbledon final, the price of tickets and the surface area of the court.

10. Statistical fun for all

Samuel Groth holds the world record for the fastest serve at 163.4 mph. Get your students to calculate the mean and median serve speeds that were recorded during a qualifying match.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyWimbledon 2013


1. Nelson Mandela

Celebrate the life and achievements of an icon. Chart Nelson Mandela's journey from his rural childhood to leadership of the African National Congress, his imprisonment on Robben Island and his emergence as leader of a free South Africa.

2. Crime and punishment

Develop students' autobiographical writing skills by studying an excerpt from Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, focusing on his imprisonment.

3. Rainbow nation

Explore the history of South Africa, from colonial rule and apartheid to its latter years under Mandela, the country's first black president.

4. Goodbye Bafana

Show students the film Goodbye Bafana about the relationship between Mandela and his prison guard James Gregory, and then ask them to write a review of it in Spanish.

5. Apartheid

What was apartheid? What impact did it have on people's lives? Explore its effects with a thought-provoking role play.

6. Mandela's life

Get students to research and produce a timeline of Mandela's life and to examine why he is considered to be a hero by so many people.

7. Moral dilemmas

Is violence ever justified? What are the consequences of antisocial behaviour? Consider social and moral dilemmas based on Mandela's fight to end apartheid and show a film of his release from prison.

8. Symbol of hope

This script-based assembly encourages children to think about deeper issues by asking how Mandela kept hope alive during his incarceration.

9. Life timeline

Get students to practise their chronological skills and learn about Mandela's life with a differentiated lesson on timelines.

10. Fighting for freedom

How can people challenge unjust systems and create fairer societies? Draw inspiration from the example of Mandela with a lesson on the struggle for justice and freedom.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyNelson MandelaDay2013


Tour de France - Inspire your students to take up cycling with a PowerPoint assembly from Suzann. bit.lyTour deFrancePPT

Armed Forces Day - Help students pay tribute to service personnel this Armed Forces Day (29 June) with an activity guide and assembly ideas from Army in Education. bit.lyArmedForces DayAssembly

Emotional literacy - Encourage students to develop empathy with an interactive assembly from randomgirly. bit.lyFeelings AndEmotions

Family - What makes a good family? Check out this video from TrueTube, in which young people share their views. bit.lyFamily Assembly

My heroes - Encourage students to think about what it means to be heroic by taking a look at fictional and real-life heroes in an assembly from poppy52. bit.lyMyHeroesPPT


1. Moving on

What kinds of choices exist for young people with special educational needs who are leaving school and reaching adulthood? Check out ADDers-org's useful guide on transition and how to support students and their parents. bit.lyTransitionIntro

2. Interactive counting

"Make a loop and then a line, this is the way to make a nine." Engage students through number rhymes with bevevans22's interactive PowerPoint on counting formations, complete with animations. bit.lyCounting Rhymes

3. Wonderful words

Encourage your students to be creative by asking them to think of imaginative and descriptive words that reflect a series of photographs, in a spelling, punctuation and grammar activity from TESprimary. bit.lyWonderful WordsActivity.

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