Sports Tournaments

Block F - Rugby World Cup

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.

Take a look at some of the nations who compete in the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups. Learn about their teams and their rugby history. Reflect on Rugby Union's core values and compare these to British values. Look in depth at the New Zealand rugby team and its history, understand the significance of the Haka to their culture and why they perform a Haka at the World Cup. Design and perform your own, meaningful Haka.

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 Nations

Take a look at the Nations who attend and place them on a global map. Learn about their teams and their rugby history. Understand that the nations compete for the Webb Ellis Cup and find out about the Women's World Cup. Reflect on Rugby Union's core values and compare to British values and make a Webb Ellis trophy.

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02: The Haka

Look in depth at the New Zealand rugby team and its history. Understand the significance of the Haka to their culture and why they perform a Haka at the World Cup. In groups, design a Haka.

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03: The Performance

Articulate the meaning of your Haka to an audience and perform it in the style of the New Zealand All Blacks.