Learning team roles through padder tennis

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  • Physical activity
  • Sport Studies
  • Movement concepts and motor skills
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Years 5–8

Experience and explore a range of roles in competitive sport through padder tennis.

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Young students lined up, ready to play a game


Learning about roles in sport through padder tennis.

Unit aim

To experience and explore a range of roles within competitive sports.

General overview

In this unit ākonga will experience different roles within a sporting competition. They will learn the skills to play the game of padder tennis and assertiveness skills by modifying the rules of the game to suit all team members, organising the draw, and playing in the competition.

Key area(s) of learning

Sport studies, physical activity

Underlying concepts

This unit will enable ākonga to develop respect for the rights of other people through an acceptance of a range of abilities (attitudes and values) and develop personal skills to take collective action to improve personal well-being and the environment (health promotion).

AO Learning Outcome Learning experiences Assessment opportunities

Ākonga will demonstrate the skills and rules to play a game of padder tennis.

Ākonga take on roles in a padder tennis competition (players, referees and coaches).

In groups of four devise a game based on padder tennis equipment. Teach this game to another set of four. Discuss, as a class, the most effective rules and agree on modified rules for the class game.

Children learn and practise skills involved in padder tennis.Peer coaching to ensure that all ākonga have an adequate skill level. Teacher arranges the children into teams of four. Children define and experience a range of roles for the modified game.

Ākonga discuss their experiences in each of their roles. Ākonga record the rules for their modified game.

Assess the skill level of ākonga and then divide them into teams of equal ability. Use peer evaluation form. Self-assessment of their experiences in the roles.


Explore the attitudes, values and roles surrounding a team competition.

Describe and demonstrate assertive strategies for dealing with conflict situations.

Highlight examples of assertive/aggressive behaviour in a team game. Discuss strategies for dealing with player conflict. Develop a team chant, name, uniform.

Discuss how to give appropriate feedback to team members. Ākonga administer the padder tennis competition. Discuss positives, negatives, and associated feelings about the competition.

Recording of assertive strategies eg T-chart. Teacher observation of players' effectiveness and contribution to their team.