Get pupils playing

Lesson plan to get pupils playing table tennis

There’s plenty of benefits to playing ping pong – including getting pupils more active, improving their mental health and alertness, developing hand-eye coordination and reducing anti-social behaviour. To help you get more pupils playing, we’ve put together a lesson guide for beginners.

How to hold the bat:

Let’s start with the basics – how to hold the bat. There’s two styles – the shake hand grip, which is by far the most popular and recognised, and the pen hold grip.

England’s number one male player, Liam Pitchford, plays with the shake hand grip, while England’s number one female player, Tin-Tin Ho favours the pen hold grip.

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Activity one: Developing hand-eye coordination (10 minutes)

Follow the step by step video guide for some inspiration on how to test and improve your students’ hand-eye coordination skills in a fun, engaging way. You can repeat this activity each week and get pupils to count how many continuous hits they achieve – as the number increases each week, so too will their confidence of playing sport!

Activity two: How to serve (1-10 minutes)

Do you need to teach the basics of how to serve? If so, we’ve covered it in this downloadable guide. For pupils who progress quickly, you can get them to play some short games and learn how to score.

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Activity three: Target practice (1-10 minutes)

This is a fun activity that you can tailor to all abilities – get pupils to add up their points to see who scored the most at the end.

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Activity four: Round the Table (1-10 minutes)

Finish off with the whole class participating in a fun game of round the table to see who can make it to the final. The teacher can take part too!

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Total Attachments: 4

How To Hold The Bat

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Size: 1 MB

How to Serve

Type: pdf
Size: 8 MB

Target Practice Activity Card

Type: pdf
Size: 2 MB

Round the Table Activity Card

Type: pdf
Size: 1 MB