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Year 8 Lesson Plans

The following innovative ten-week programme of progressive lesson plans for Year 8 teach the principles of Invasion Games through the medium of tag or contact rugby. These sessions are designed to enhance the consistency, quality and choice of skills used in Year 7. Pupils also learn how to organise themselves as a team and explore the principles of both attack and defence. Pupils are also introduced to the basic principles of coaching and refereeing.

For information on how to use the lesson plans download the scheme's introduction and rationale (PDF 569kB) and the downloadable pitch plan suggesting a layout for the lessons (PDF 1MB)

To further develop your own rugby knowledge and coaching or refereeing skills, see details of RFU coaching courses and programmes. There are also further coaching resources available in the coaching pages of RFU.com.

Year 8 Lesson Plans
LessonLesson Content (Each lesson plan contains elements for both the tag rugby and the contact rugby groups)Downloads
One

Demonstrate the principles of warm up, cool down, attack and defence.
Assess ability of group. Adapt and develop the basic skills.

Lesson one (PDF 1.7MB)
Video clip to follow

Two

To improve the consistency, quality and choice of skills used.
Adapt and develop the basic skills to help penetrate the opposition's defence.

Lesson two (PDF 1.4MB)
Video clip to follow

Three Play a game with uneven sides e.g 4v3 allowing pupils to use a range of tactics and strategies in both attack and defence.
Adapt and develop basic defencsive skills - denial of space, pressure and cover in order to regain possession.

Lesson three (PDF 1.7MB)
Video clip to follow

Four Successfully use a range of tactics to outwit your opponents.
Continue to emphasise 'go forward' and 'support' whilst introducing the 3rd Principle of Play - CONTINUITY.

Lesson four (PDF 1.6MB)
Video clip to follow

Five Help players to explore the basic prinicple of attack (skills to outflank or penetrate a defensive formation).
Utilising long or spoin passes to help outflank opponents.

Lesson five (PDF 1.9MB)
Video clip to follow

Six Select and apply tactics and strategies to attack and defend successfully.
Tactically try to play a wide game as first choice.

Lesson six (PDF 1.9MB)
Video clip to follow

Seven Players organise themselves as a team to attack and defend successfully.
Practice coaching peers.

Lesson seven (PDF 2.2MB)
Video clip to follow

Eight

Help pupils explore the basic principles of coaching.
Apply APES principle: Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable and Safe.

Lesson eight (PDF 1.5MB)
Video clip to follow

Nine Help pupils explore the basic principles of coaching.
Help pupils to discouver the art of refereeing.
Lesson nine (PDF 1.7MB)
Video clip to follow
Ten Organise themselves as a team to attack and defend and play in different positions.
Select and use a range of tactics and strategies and apply them successfully.
Lesson ten (PDF 1.5MB)
Video clip to follow
All Lessons Lessons 1 - 10 in one PDF. Lessons 1-10
(PDF 5.5MB)
Assessment The Assessment sheets provide the National Curriculum criteria for invasion games as well as additional rugby assessment criteria to assist in gauging pupil development.

Assessment sheet - tag (PDF 41kB)

Assessment sheet - contact (PDF 40kB)

 

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