Writing a Spirit of Cricket Statement
Activity Writing a Spirit of Cricket Statement
Curriculum Area English
NC Objectives English En1 1e), 2d), 3a) 8a) & 9a) and En2 3a), 3b), 3c) and En3 1b), 1c), 2), 4), 5a), 5b).

Main learning objective

To write a statement to go before the rules in cricket to emphasise the importance of the spirit of cricket.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 20 minutes
  •  Ask the class anything they know about cricket. Any children that know quite a lot ask them to suggest any cricket vocabulary that the rest of the class may not understand, eg, googly, golden duck, etc.
  • Then discuss ‘’The spirit of cricket’ and discuss this as a very important part of the game. Use ‘the spirit of cricket information’ in the Supporting Material section to aid discussion and demonstrate a famous example of the spirit of cricket in action.
  • Also look at the ‘Examples of cricket etiquette’ information sheet in the Supporting Resources section and then explain to the class that in the rulebook there is a ‘Preamble to the laws’, which emphasises the spirit of cricket. Explain the main task and that they can use the titles; INTRODUCTION, RESPONSIBILITY OF CAPTAINS, FAIR AND UNFAIR PLAY, RESPECT FOR, ITS AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME, VIOLENCE and PLAYERS.


Main Activity 30 Minutes
  • Provide the class with the ’Writing the spirit of cricket statement’ worksheet in the Activity section to write a statement to explain to cricket players that the spirit of cricket must be followed and its importance. They are not laws but just a reminder and emphasis to follow the spirit of cricket.
Plenary 10 Minutes
  • Once finished move around the class and allow the pupils to read aloud their statements.
  • Then read ‘A preamble to the laws – the spirit of cricket’ in the Supporting Material section to show the class what actually is written in the rule book before the laws, which makes it unique.


Interactive Resources

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