Net and Wall Games / Integrity / Leadership / Courage

Influence Module Game Play Overview

Game Play Category: Net and Wall

What Net and Wall Games Develop

The focus of the Game Play is to teach children the basic concepts of a net and wall game. Many of the skills learnt in Net and Wall games are transferable to other areas of sports. Many of these types of games develop spatial awareness and court positioning. Developing good spatial awareness requires the students to work on running, stopping, the ability to change direction, all vital components of many of the more advance net and wall games. Spatial awareness is also an important skill in a great number of games. Skills such as trajectory, depth and angles of attack are also developed when playing net and wall games. Students learn to hit an object with a specific force, as well as learning to attack from a variety of angles and heights. As well as the development of spatial awareness, the mobility of the students is also improved.

Transferable Skills

These include:

  • Movement
  • Controlling and hitting an object within a specified space.
  • Working to make it difficult for opponents to send the object back to the wall or return it across the net.

Transferable strategies used in net-wall type games include

  • Placement of an object to make it hard for an opponent to return it successfully
  • Varying shots by using different speeds, distances, height and spin

Influence Net and Wall Game Play Activities

One Bounce Game

The main games developed in the Influence Unit include a variety of games around the introductory game “One Bounce”. Level  begins with the simple concept of throwing a large ball over a line to develop a rally and the related skills required to throw and catch a large ball successfully. They then move on to develop their ability to catch and throw a ball on the full over a higher net, up to Level 3 where more complex games are played with a variety of different dimensions and sized courts, differing numbers of opponents using a variety of scoring systems.


These types of activities form a good basis for moving into volleyball.  In Level 1, the younger children are encouraged to throw the ball like a hot potato over a net. A scoring system and rotation of players can also be introduced. In Level 2 the children are introduced to the “Volley-own” method which looks at how to serve a volleyball from anywhere around the court. In Level 3 more complex skills are introduced such as a dig. The children also explore other tactical concepts associated with a Net and Wall game to successfully move their opponents around the court to successfully score points.

Padder Tennis

Padder Tennis is the third area that is explored as an example of a short handled racquet game. Concepts they have learnt while playing other net and wall games can then be applied to Padder Tennis.  In Level 1 the children explore how to control a ball using a short handled racquet, with a full version of the game being played in later levels once the children have explored a variety of activities in order to control a ball using the racquet.

Influence Module Character Overview

Character Focus Words


In the introduction to the word Influence the children are introduced to the concepts of being influenced by but also about being a positive influence. To be a positive influence the children are taught to act with integrity.


Integrity can be shown by making great choices, being able to fix mistakes and to do what is right even when it is difficult. In Level 2 the children are also taught to show compassion through action and to stand up and take action when needed. Being good for goodness sake is also another concept explored through the power points, discussions and worksheets.

In level 3 the children are taught that building up a good reputations will help them to be a positive influence. They are also encouraged to stand up and not follow the crowd in order to build up their integrity.


Leadership is the second focus word in the Influence unit. Leadership qualities are explored at all levels and a degree of complexity develops through the levels.  A basic component of leadership is that of setting a good example. The idea of being good for goodness sake explored in integrity leads naturally into the Leadership focus. There is a simple focus on some Leadership qualities in Level 1. These include include helping others, doing the right thing, showing courage to overcome fears, encouraging others, finishing the job and saying sorry.  In Level 2 Leadership is  focused on are centred around an understanding between leadership and bossiness. Some of the leadership qualities that are explored include being trusted, passion, friendliness, staying calm, listening and delegating to name some. In Level 3 discussions and worksheets are held around one’s ability to influence through helping others. Inspiring others is also looked at as a component of leadership.

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got,” says Mark Twain. So it’s about teaching our children how to influence not only their own lives but how they can influence a generation to create positive change in our society.


Courage is the final word in the series on Influence. It looks at doing right, one of the definitions for the word integrity which often requires courage. Trying new things, solving problems, standing up for others or learning to back down are explored under the character word courage. Expressing fear and learning to be a risk taker, admitting blame and accepting mistakes are all areas where the children are encouraged to face some of these types of situations with courage. Tweaking failure is a way to learn and grow, but courage is required to successfully negotiate their ways through the challenges of life.

The influence unit is about giving the children some tools to respond positively to many of these situations.

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got,” says Mark Twain. So it’s about teaching our children how to influence not only their own lives but how they can influence a generation to create positive change in our society.