Title: High Jump in Athletics – Field Events
Subject: Physical Education (Athletics)
Class: Primary 5
Term: First Term
Topic: High Jump in Athletics – Field Events
Duration: 45 minutes
- Introduce students to the sport of high jump in athletics.
- Teach the basic techniques and skills required for high jump.
- Enhance students’ physical fitness, coordination, and confidence.
- Promote teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Previous Lesson: Introduction to Athletics – Track Events
Embedded Core Skills:
- Physical Fitness
- High jump bar
- Measuring tape
- Soft landing mat
The high jump is a track and field event that requires a combination of physical skills, proper technique, and mental focus. Here are the basic techniques and skills required for high jump:
- Athletes start their approach run from a designated point, usually a curved path.
- The approach run should be consistent and measured for each jump.
- Proper pacing and stride length are crucial to build enough speed for the take-off.
- The take-off occurs as the athlete reaches the end of the approach run.
- Athletes typically take off from one foot, the inside foot of their dominant jumping leg (e.g., right-footed jumpers take off from their right foot).
- The take-off foot should be placed close to the bar for optimal clearance.
- Clearance Technique:
- Athletes must clear the horizontal bar without knocking it off its supports.
- The clearance technique involves arching the body over the bar while keeping the head, shoulders, and hips aligned.
- The back should be arched, and the legs should kick upward and over the bar.
- Proper body control and timing are crucial for successful clearance.
- After clearing the bar, athletes must land safely on the landing mat.
- Athletes aim to land on their shoulders and upper back, rolling onto the mat.
- The mat provides cushioning to absorb the impact and reduce the risk of injury.
- Mental Focus:
- High jump requires mental concentration and focus to execute each phase of the jump correctly.
- Athletes need to stay composed, visualize the jump, and maintain confidence.
- Overcoming fear and anxiety is essential for successful high jumps.
- Flexibility and Strength:
- High jumpers need good flexibility, particularly in the back and legs, to arch their bodies effectively.
- Strength, especially in the leg and core muscles, is vital for a powerful take-off and efficient clearance.
- Training and Practice:
- Regular practice and training sessions are essential to refine techniques and build strength.
- Athletes work on their approach, take-off, and clearance repeatedly to improve their performance.
- Coaching and Feedback:
- Guidance from experienced coaches is crucial for athletes to fine-tune their technique.
- Coaches provide feedback and corrections to help athletes reach their full potential.
- Video Analysis:
- Recording high jump attempts and reviewing them can help athletes identify areas for improvement.
- Safety Awareness:
- High jumpers should be aware of safety protocols and equipment to prevent injuries, such as landing mats and bar settings.
High jump is a technically demanding event that requires consistent practice and a commitment to improvement. With dedication and proper coaching, athletes can develop the skills and techniques needed to excel in this exciting field event.
Basic Techniques and Skills for High Jump:
- In high jump, athletes start their approach run from a __________ point. a) Straight b) Curved c) Standing d) Sitting
- Athletes typically take off from __________ foot. a) Both b) The same c) Either d) Different
- The take-off foot should be placed __________ to the bar. a) Far away b) Close c) Above d) Under
- Athletes aim to clear the bar without __________ it off. a) Measuring b) Knocking c) Cleaning d) Painting
- Proper body control and __________ are crucial for successful clearance. a) Flexibility b) Timing c) Strength d) Speed
- After clearing the bar, athletes land on their __________. a) Feet b) Hands c) Shoulders d) Knees
- Athletes should aim to land on their __________ and upper back. a) Head b) Shoulders c) Hips d) Feet
- High jump requires mental __________ and concentration. a) Jokes b) Music c) Focus d) Laughter
- Good __________ is crucial for proper arching over the bar. a) Speed b) Flexibility c) Silence d) Taste
- Strength, especially in the legs and __________, is vital. a) Arms b) Ears c) Nose d) Core
- Athletes need regular __________ and training sessions. a) Dancing b) Rest c) Practice d) Reading
- Guidance from experienced __________ is essential. a) Singers b) Coaches c) Artists d) Doctors
- Athletes record and review their high jump attempts for __________. a) Fun b) Learning c) Sleeping d) Eating
- High jumpers should be aware of __________ protocols. a) Safety b) Cooking c) Sports d) Travel
- In high jump, athletes need to develop __________ and dedication. a) Fear b) Strength c) Flexibility d) Commitment
Step 1: Recap the previous lesson on track events in athletics, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness.
Step 2: Introduce the topic of “High Jump in Athletics – Field Events.” Explain that high jump is a field event that tests athletes’ ability to jump over a horizontal bar.
- Discuss the concept of high jump.
- Show images or videos of high jump athletes in action.
- Listen attentively and ask questions.
- Show interest in the topic.
High Jump Techniques:
- Approach: Explain the proper approach to the high jump bar, including the number of steps and take-off.
- Take-off: Describe the technique of taking off from one foot and the importance of timing.
- Clearing the Bar: Explain how to arch the body and kick the legs to clear the bar.
- Landing: Discuss the importance of a safe and controlled landing on the mat.
- Set up a high jump bar at a suitable height for beginners.
- Divide students into small groups for practice.
- Provide guidance and correction as students attempt high jumps.
- Rotate students so that everyone has a chance to practice.
- Evaluate students’ performance during the practice session.
- Observe their technique, approach, take-off, clearance, and landing.
- What is the primary objective of high jump in athletics? a) Running fast b) Jumping high c) Throwing a ball d) Swimming
- Which part of the body should arch over the high jump bar? a) Head b) Shoulders c) Hips d) Knees
- What is the role of the soft landing mat in high jump? a) Measuring the jump b) Providing a safe landing c) Clearing the bar d) Measuring the approach
- Summarize the key points of the lesson.
- Encourage students to practice and improve their high jump skills.
- Promote the values of fair play and good sportsmanship in athletics