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

Session 1 The first rugby match

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the history of rugby.
  • To research William Webb Ellis and William Gilbert, and understand their roles in the creation of the modern game of rugby.
  • To practice double stitching on card in preparation for making a mini rugby ball.

Children will:

  • Begin to understand the origins of rugby.
  • Understand what role William Webb Ellis and William Gilbert played in the creation of rugby as a game.
  • Practice double stitching on card in preparation for making a mini rugby ball.

Provided Resources

  • Hot seating: (William Webb Ellis)
  • Gilbert rugby balls over time
  • How to make a rugby ball: stitching practice

You Will Need

  • Card, scissors, string, hole punch, thick/stiff material, thread and needles

Session 2 Rugby rules!

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To compare Rugby Union and Rugby League and learn more about the Divisions of the Codes and the history of the game.
  • Research and reflect on Nelson Mandela's role in the 1995 World Cup.
  • To make an origami rugby shirt.

Children will:

  • Know the difference between rugby union and rugby league and the Divisions of the Codes.
  • Reflect on Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mandela's role in the 1995 World Cup.
  • Make an origami rugby shirt.

Provided Resources

  • The rules of rugby
  • The difference between rugby union and rugby league
  • How to make a Springbok rugby shirt

You Will Need

  • Video-enabled devices
  • Paper

Session 3 Make a rugby ball

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the construction of rugby balls.
  • To make your own mini rugby ball.

Children will:

  • Understand how rugby balls have changed over the years and what is involved in making a rugby ball of international standard today.
  • Make, test and evaluate a mini rugby ball.

You Will Need

  • Material
  • Needles and thread
  • Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Pins