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Football Skills a Practical Lesson Plan for Ks1 and Ks2

Updated on September 3, 2014

Year 3 (age 7-8) But could be adapted for any primary year group


1) Large number of cones

2) 4 indoor footballs

3) 4 benches

Lesson objective. The children are to practise football skills and look at the ways in which warming up and stretching can affect their performance. They are to work up to mini game situations and practise their acquired football skills in a competitive environment as well as working well as part of a team

Lesson content

Warm Up Class split equally into two teams. A number of cones and hats scattered randomly across the hall floor (even hats and cones) children to make hats into cones and cones into hats depending on the team. When the whistle goes, count up hats and cones to find the winner. Encourage children to feel their pulse. Have they warmed up enough to get their heart racing? Stretches: To be pupil lead.

Skills Practice: In four teams, children to do relay races dribbling the football around the cones and passing/shooting in preparation for the main activity.

Main Activity Class split equally into 4 teams, (equal ability in each.) Children to be numbered 1-4. Set up a mini football court with benches as goals. When the child’s number is called, they compete against the other to score a goal first.

Warm Down:The children are to jog around the lines of the tennis court (one child leading, switch) Finish with STRETCHES


Low Ability simple dribbling with preferred foot

Middle Ability dribbling round the cones, progressing onto using the non preferred foot for support

High Ability Using both feet to dribble round the cones and quickening the pace

Key Questions /Assessment Opportunities

Are the children able to identify a selection of stretches and know why they do them?

Do the children work well together supporting their peers and playing as part of a team?

Do the children work to the best of their ability having a go at all the activities and progressing effectively at their own level?

Learning objectives.

Taken from the National Curriculum programme of study for Key stages 1 and 2

Acquiring and developing skills 1a 1b

Selecting and applying skills 2a 2c

Evaluating and improving performance 3a

Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health 4a 4b 4c

Breadth of study 5b

Games activities 7c

PSHE link Developing a healthy safer lifestyle3a 'Pupils should be taught what makes a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of exercise and healthy eating…

Follow up

I did this lesson during an Ofsted inspection and it went really well. The children were keen and competitive, resulting a great atmosphere where the children were able to have fun as well as work on their football skills.

The warm up is a particular favourite of mine, which I use time and time again. Another great warm up is the BEANS game. Children are to spread out and on the command of 'Runner bean! They begin to jog around the hall, from there on you shout various bean commands to them to which they respond as follows...

Runner bean = running around the hall

Jumping bean = jumping

Jelly bean = wobble like a jelly

String bean = children stretch up as high as they can

Broad bean = make themselves wide with arms and legs outstretched

Frozen bean = Children freeze on the spot.

Baked bean= curl up in a ball on the floor.

Children love to come up with their own BEANS too, we've had a lot of fun doing this!


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