Following on from the enormous success Footee ( http://www.footee.com/#/en/intro ) has had in using the medium of football to help children ( especially boys) with literacy and numeracy my colleague Phil Clegg last week launched http://www.rugbeeground.com/
The site, developed by MotivatEd and Premiership Rugby, features National Curriculum Key Stage 2 and 3 learning resources for primary and secondary schools. The first resource set, created through the RFU’s teacher networks, is themed around various aspects of the Rugby World Cup 2011, including planning, teamwork, geography, statistics, fitness, nutrition, citizenship, reading, and the mathematical mechanics of a rugby match.
One such resource module focuses on the bidding process involved in becoming the host nation of a future Rugby World Cup, encouraging pupils to research the process, detail their findings and create their own bid presentation. Another module focuses on numeracy and the importance of angles in relationship to rugby passing and kicking.
As well as a comprehensive set of downloadable lesson plans and suggested activities for teachers, the site will feature several exciting games for students that reinforce rugby-themed literacy and numeracy learning - whilst engaging strongly with pupils through interactive digital media.
This is another example of using the web and sport to accelerate learning