How to Teach the Essential Skills of Forehand Strike

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat).  Forehand strike is one of the primary eleven important

fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early

Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of forehand strike, as

these actions require proper coordination and strength from multiple

body segments to produce the skill.  Children will develop improved

hand-eye coordination through multiple activities and game play.

In this lesson pack, students will learn:

  1. Eyes are focused on the ball throughout the strike

  2. Stand side-on to target with bat held in one hand

  3. Striking hand nearly straightened behind shoulder at
    end of backswing

  4. Step towards the target with foot opposite striking arm

  5. Marked sequential hip to shoulder rotation during the strike

  6. Ball contact made opposite front foot with straight arm

  7. Follow through towards the target then around body


Teaching Forehand Strike is a great way to engage your students with essential fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes coordination and team skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Forehand Strike Lessons Pack (click the link above).  You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.

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