Sports Tournaments

Block E - History of Rugby

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Look back into the beginnings of rugby. Look into the origins of the game and compare Rugby Union and Rugby League. Investigate more recent history, including rugby’s role in the aftermath of apartheid.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The first rugby match

Look back at the beginnings of rugby. Research William Web Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, and get to know the Gilberts, the makers of the first rugby balls who lived in the town of Rugby, where the game is said to have its origins.

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02: Rugby rules!

The rules of rugby have changed since its origins. Compare Rugby Union and Rugby League and the Divisions of the Codes. Investigate the Springboks and reflect on Nelson Mandela's role in the 1995 World Cup. Make an origami rugby shirt.

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03: Make a rugby ball

Investigate what rugby balls have been made of over the years, why they are oval-shaped and what the standards for rugby balls are now. Make your own mini rugby ball.