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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Punting

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills punting lessons

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).  Punt is one of the eleven primary important fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of 

punting, as these actions require proper coordination and strength from

multiple body segments to produce the skill. Children will develop
mproved hand-eye and foot-eye coordination through ball play.

In this unit, students will learn:

  1. Eyes are focused on the ball throughout the punt

  2. Ball held at about hip height

  3. Step forward onto non-punting foot

  4. Bend knee of kicking leg during the backswing

  5. Hip extension and knee flexion of at least 90 degrees during
    preliminary punting movement

  6. Guide ball down, with one hand, so it makes contact with the top of
    the foot

  7. Forward and sideward swing of arm opposite punting leg

  8. Punting leg follows through towards the target after ball contact


Teaching Punt 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 Punt 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.

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills punting lessons
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