The Spirit of Cricket
Activity The Spirit of Cricket
Curriculum Area Citizenship
NC Objectives CPSHE: 2b), 2f), 2g), 4a) & 5d).

Main learning objective

Understand the importance of respecting the feelings of the opposition and the way to behave when winning or losing.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 5 minutes
  • Begin by asking the school if anyone has been kind towards them this week and offer examples to discuss. How did they feel when this kindness was offered?
  • Refer to a game of cricket and ask the pupils to suggest how they could act with kindness in a game, eg, compliments, applause, helping, words of advice, etc. Could they do the same in other sports and games?


Main Activity 10 Minutes
  • Show “The Spirit of Cricket in Action” photo in the Supporting Material section and children discuss in pairs what is happening.
  • Ask for their ideas and then share the information from the Supporting Material.
  • Ask the pupils what emotions are apparent when they win and when they lose?
  • Ask what the pupils should do when they win a game of something? What should they do when they lose a game? Discuss the importance of respecting the opposition whether winning or losing by shaking hands at the end of the game, winning and losing graciously.
  • Is there a time for celebrating and how can this be done – explain how emotions can sometimes take over, but how important it is to control them and remember the opposition and their feelings if you are on the winning or losing team (Winners respect the disappointment and losers respect the excitement & achievement).


Plenary 5 Minutes
  • Show the class a variety of photos of winners and losers by showing the Activity ‘Photos of Winners and Losers’ and they must identify who the winner is and who the loser is. Some cannot be identified, which is the aim and discuss the emotions going on in the photos where winners and losers are clearly identifiable. This activity is also available as a PPT in the Downloads section.
  • Discuss spectators and whether this is the same as the players.
  • Recap on the theme of the lesson and points to remember when playing/watching sport or games.


Interactive Resources

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