Athletics lesson plans
A scheme of work to help you deliver a series of six athletics lessons aligned to the key stage 2 National Curriculum for PE.
These PE lesson plans focus on a range of athletics activities, including the long jump, the high jump and running techniques for both sprinting short distances and completing long-distance runs.
The lesson plans include ideas for learning objectives, warm-ups, main activities, plenaries, teaching points, success criteria and AfL.
A great starting point for inspiration for PE lessons in the summer term.
A sample lesson:
Learning outcome: To complete the high jump using the scissor jump technique.
Warm up: Teacher led warm up of cardio and stretching. Question children about the importance of warming up and stretching.
Main activity: Children will work one at a time to perform a high jump using the scissor jump technique. This will be modelled first. (Safety note: aim to land on feet or bottoms to avoid spinal injuries.) Record each child’s height jumped, then increase/decrease the height as needed.
Teaching point: Run from a diagonal position towards the pole, lift one foot over the pole and perform a ‘scissor movement’ then the second leg will follow as with hurdles. Drive forward with knees.
Run the full distance of the run-up diagonally.
Lift the leading foot up above the pole.
Bring the trail leg over.
Drive both legs using the knee, not the toes.
Land on feet or bottoms, not back.
Plenary and AfL: Pupil-led cool-down activity, supervised by teacher. Run through teaching points while cooling down.