Class: Primary 4

Term: 1st Term

Week: 8

Age: 9 years


Duration: 40 minutes


Subject: Basic Science And Technology

Curriculum Theme: Physical And Health Education

Topic: Athletics

Content: Middle distance race: 800m race, 1500m race.

Specific Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of middle distance races (800m and 1500m).

Reference Materials:

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Course Book
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks (List your relevant textbook here)

Instructional Materials:

  • Diagrams showing race tracks
  • Stopwatch or timer
  • Markers for the race track
  • Charts or visual aids

Rationale for the Lesson:

Understanding middle distance races is important for physical fitness and encourages participation in athletics. It’s a valuable skill for both sports and health.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:

Students should have a basic understanding of the concept of running races.


Content Development: Middle distance race: 800m race, 1500m race.

ContentTimeTeaching MethodTeacher’s Point/ActivitiesPupils’ Activities
Introduction 5 minsDiscussion Discuss the concept of athletics and ask pupils what they know about it.Respond to questions and share what they know about athletics.
Middle Distance Races 10 minsExplanationExplain the concept of middle distance races, focusing on 800m and 1500m races.Listen and take notes on the key points.
Diagrams and Visual Aids 5 minsVisual PresentationShow diagrams and visual aids of race tracks, explain how they work for these races.Observe the diagrams and visual aids.
Running Practice10 minsDemonstration and PracticeDemonstrate how to run a short distance to explain the concept. Allow pupils to practice a short run.Practice running over a short distance.
Evaluation 5 minsQuestion and AnswerAsk questions about middle distance races and running.Answer questions individually.
Conclusion 5 minsRecap and DiscussionSummarize the lesson and encourage pupils to participate in athletics.Share what they’ve learned and express interest in athletics.

Note to Pupils:

Middle Distance Races: 800m and 1500m

Middle distance races are a type of running competition where athletes run longer distances than sprints but shorter distances than long-distance races. In these races, you need both speed and endurance.

  • 800m Race: This is also known as the 800 meters race. In this race, athletes run two laps around a standard 400m track. It’s a mix of sprinting and endurance. It’s a race that requires strategy, as pacing is crucial.
  • 1500m Race: The 1500 meters race is often referred to as the metric mile. In this race, athletes run three and three-fourth laps around a standard 400m track. It’s a bit longer than the 800m race.


  1. What did we learn about today?
  2. Can you explain the concept of middle distance races?
  3. Why is running good for our health?

Note to Teachers:
Customize the lesson content, teaching methods, and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, curriculum, and available resources.

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Last Update: October 16, 2023