Introductory Activities

These activities are designed to get students thinking about sport and how they and people in their class, school and wider community participate in sport and physical activities.

Survey

Ask students to identify if they play a sport in a team or club. Ask them if they watch sport on TV and, if so, which they watch the most. Chart responses to show the students’ involvement in sport.

Which sport is the most popular? Are there any unique sports? How many people watch but don’t play or vice versa.

Demonstrate

Individually or in groups, run a short lesson and demonstration on how to play the basics of a sport. It could be a sport the group/individual is familiar with or it could be set as a research task: learn the basics of a new sport and then teach it to the wider group.

Ensure that basic rules are communicated, the skills needed are modelled and the class has an opportunity to try the skills.

Create

Research any large sporting event such as the FIFA World Cup, the Australian Open or the AFL or NRL season. Sports with many teams or individuals competing must have a way to organise a draw. What are some of the ways sporting codes do this to maintain a fair and sustainable competition. What are the advantages and disadvantages of particular draw systems? Are some better suited for some competitions than others? Use a quick and simple in-class game (like rock, paper, scissors, etc.) to try out different draw approaches.