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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Year 4 Hockey and Golf


National curriculum content

  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Compare their performance with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Lesson objectives

  1. To hold a hockey stick correctly and safely.
  2. To use a push pass.
  3. To get in a low position when dribbling and/or passing.
  4. To dribble a ball whilst changing direction.
  5. To use a slap pass.
  6. To play hockey games against others.


What we want children to know

  • Introduce the hockey stick to the children and ensure they are familiar with safety rules that go with using it.
  • The hockey stick is always to be kept below waist height.
  • There should always be two hands on the hockey stick.
  • The hockey stick should only be used in the designated way.
  • The hockey stick should always be used safely and sensibly.
  • Always be aware of who is around you when using a hockey stick.
  • If the hockey stick is not used safely and sensibly it could result in somebody being hurt.
  • Knees slightly bent to get low to the ground.
  • Slightly bent forward from the waist, keeping the back straight, to get into a low position to place the head of the hockey stick on the ground.
  • Head up to look where they are going.
  • Handling the ball, moving with it, reacting to collect it and using it effectively to play games.
  • Dribbling is the ability to move with the ball under control changing direction. This means keeping the ball close to the head of the hockey stick.
  • When dribbling the hockey stick should be held with the left hand at the top of the handle and the right hand near the middle of the stick.
  • The focus of the lesson is to develop and improve the accuracy and weight (speed) of passes so they are effective.
  • There are two main types of pass in hockey the push pass and the slap pass.
  • Shooting is the skill of striking the ball towards a target and trying to score a point/goal.
  •  The correct technique to strike the ball.


What skills we want children to develop

  • Move the ball keeping it under control whilst changing direction.
  • Perform basic skills needed for the games with control and accuracy.
  • Pass, shoot and receive a ball with increasing accuracy, control and success.
  • Apply basic principles for attacking and defending- finding space (attacking), challenge a player in possession (defending).
  • Explain simple tactics in game situations.
  • Develop control and technique.



Hockey, passing, dribbling, shoot, stick, control, teamwork, speed, direction, decision making, aim, turn, stop, possession, slap pass, push pass, attack, defence


National curriculum content.

  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Lesson objectives

  1. To successfully hit the target using a putt shot.
  2.  To play putting games.
  3.  To develop the chip shot.
  4.  To play games with others.
  5.  To compete in target games against others.
  6.  To apply correct techniques when competing.


What we want children to know

  • How to apply both the putting and chipping techniques to competitive games.
  • Understanding the relationships between physical activity and its effect on the body.
  • Become familiar with golf phrases and the concept of golf.
  • How to show control to make accurate shots.
  • How much speed and power is required when working to a target.


What skills we want children to develop

  • The importance of accuracy when chipping.
  • The skills required to play golf successfully.
  • Develop and apply the chipping technique to competitive games.
  • Develop, explore and demonstrate the ability to ‘putt’ accurately and effectively.
  • Demonstrate good teamwork skills.



Golf, putting, coordination, accuracy, chipping, target, technique, speed