TENNIS FOR SCHOOLS – LEARN AND PLAY Grades 1-8
Tennis for Schools is a national program that supports the development of fundamental movement skills related to the sport of tennis, while increasing student knowledge and appreciation for the sport.
Grades 1-8: Learn and Play Document
Grades 1-8: Physical Education Videos
Developed through a cooperative partnership between Tennis Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), Tennis for Schools is designed for both generalist and specialist physical education teachers in Canadian elementary, middle, and junior high schools. It provides these teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to introduce their students to the exciting potential that tennis offers in promoting lifelong physical activity and participation in sport.
Regardless of a teacher’s tennis background, Tennis for Schools provides a step-by-step, easy to follow lesson plan that meets many of the required learning outcomes for provincial physical education curricula. Using modified tennis equipment such as slow-bounce balls, smaller playing surfaces, and smaller racquets, all students in a quality physical education program can be successful in tennis.
PROGRAM BENEFITS – FOR TEACHERS
- Supports the delivery of a Quality Physical Education program
- Meets provincial Physical Education learning outcomes
- Supports the development of physical literacy through fundamental movement skills related to the sport of tennis
- Provides a developmental approach to teaching tennis related skills with developmentally appropriate equipment
- Offers variation and adaptations to allow for unique teaching and learning contexts while meeting all students’ needs and abilities
- Includes sample assessment possibilities (formative and summative) aligned with unit outcomes and specific tennis skills
- Allows for flexibility in order to accommodate large or small groups
PROGRAM BENEFITS – FOR STUDENTS
- Facilitates participation in physical activity through meaningful opportunities to develop fundamental movement skills (e.g. overarm throw, catch, run, sidearm strike)
- Provides a means where students can maintain and improve health-related and performance-related fitness components (e.g. agility, speed, coordination)
- Introduces an avenue to life-long participation in the sport of tennis that will extend beyond the school environment
- Helps foster student cooperation and team building skills
- Supports a gender inclusive and culturally diverse environment
- Provides fun and exciting activities that encourage a physically active lifestyle
Lesson Plans: Tennis for Schools includes progressive unit and lesson plans for students in grades 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each lesson plan includes three major components (Getting Ready, Ready to Learn, and Ready to Play) in addition to a lesson outcome and game goal.
Resources: For more information, please contact Tennis New Brunswick: firstname.lastname@example.org