Track and field is a diverse and exciting sport that offers numerous physical, mental, and social benefits for students. To help educators teach the fundamentals of track and field, we have designed a comprehensive 10-lesson unit plan for Year 6 students (can be modified for ages) that aligns with the Australian Curriculum. This unit plan is designed to be active, engaging, and inclusive, incorporating a variety of games and activities to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enjoy the sport.
The 10-lesson unit plan covers all the essential skills needed to compete in track and field events. Each 60-minute lesson focuses on a different aspect of the sport, from running techniques and jumping events to throwing disciplines and relay races. The unit also emphasizes safety, sportsmanship, and personal improvement, ensuring students develop a well-rounded understanding of track and field.
- Introduction to Track and Field: The unit begins with a lesson that introduces students to the various track and field events and emphasizes the importance of warming up and cooling down to prevent injuries.
- Running Technique and Sprinting: Students learn proper running form and practice sprinting drills to improve their speed and efficiency.
- Middle-Distance Running: This lesson focuses on pacing, endurance, and breathing techniques for middle-distance running events.
- Long Jump: Students learn the proper techniques for the long jump, including approach, takeoff, flight, and landing.
- High Jump: This lesson covers high jump fundamentals, such as approach, takeoff, body arch, and landing.
- Shot Put: Students learn and practice the techniques for shot put, including grip, stance, power position, and follow-through.
- Discus Throw: This lesson teaches discus throwing techniques, including grip, stance, rotation, and release.
- Javelin Throw: Students learn the proper grip, approach, and throwing techniques for the javelin throw.
- Relay Races and Baton Passing: This lesson focuses on teamwork, communication, and coordination for successful relay races and baton passing.
- Mini Meet The final lesson has students participate in a mini meet so that they can focus test out all of their news skills.
Assessment and Rubric:
To help educators evaluate student progress throughout the unit, we have created a rubric that aligns with the Australian Curriculum. This rubric assesses six key criteria, including participation and engagement, fundamental movement skills, technique and skill application, safety and injury prevention, sportsmanship and cooperation, and personal improvement and goal setting. Teachers can use this rubric to provide meaningful feedback and track student progress across all lessons.
Flashcards for Technique Assessment:
To support teachers in assessing students’ technique during each lesson, we have created flashcards for each skill. These flashcards include a table where teachers can mark if a student is performing each aspect of the technique correctly and provide notes or suggestions for improvement. By using these flashcards, teachers can easily monitor student progress and provide targeted feedback.
Our comprehensive track and field unit plan for Year 6 students is designed to provide a fun, engaging, and inclusive learning experience. With 10 lessons covering all aspects of the sport, students will develop a strong foundation in track and field, improve their physical fitness, and build essential teamwork and communication skills. Download our unit plan and accompanying resources today to help your students discover the joy and challenge of track and field!