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RWC 2011 education programme

The education programme presents Rugby World Cup 2011 as a context for engaging students in learning activities relevant to their everyday lives. It also encourages primary and intermediate students to understand and get involved in the biggest sporting event ever held in New Zealand.

How the programme works

The programme has three key components.

RWC 2011 Activity Book

RWC activity book cover.

Developed by the NZ 2011 office, in association with the Ministry of Education, the RWC 2011 Activity Book will provide all year 1-8 students with a book of learning activities. It has three curriculum levels to choose from, each strongly aligned to the social sciences curriculum, and Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences: Tikanga ā Iwi: BES.

PDF icon. RWC activity book years 1-3 (PDF, 7 MB)

PDF icon. RWC activity book years 4-6 (PDF, 4 MB)

PDF icon. RWC activity book years 7-8 (PDF, 4 MB)

PDF icon. RWC teacher's notes years 1-3 (PDF, 7 MB)

PDF icon. RWC teacher's notes years 4-6 (PDF, 8 MB)

PDF icon. RWC teacher's notes years 7-8 (PDF, 6 MB)

Ruggerland website

As part of the Ruggerland education programme, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has developed activity sheets for teachers and students. These activity sheets are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and enable students to explore numeracy, language, and the social sciences using RWC 2011 as a context for teaching and learning.

Download the activity sheets from www.ruggerland.co.nz.

KidZone website

To highlight the international significance of RWC 2011, students are being encouraged to 'adopt a second team'. Tournament organisers Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) have created a range of activity sheets for teachers to download about the 20 countries competing in RWC 2011.

Teaching and learning resources for Māori-medium schools have been developed and are available on the Ruggerland website.

Japan - Rugby World Cup unit Levels 3 and 4

Asia NZ provides these RWC units. They encourage students to learn about Japanese culture by following the fortunes of Japan, the only Asian team to qualify for the rugby world cup in New Zealand. Use this unique resource with level 3 and 4 students to enrich their learning about Japan through a teacher directed or a guided inquiry. A resource bank of useful ideas accompanies each unit together with templates for the specific activities included.

More resources

APN Newspapers in Education – Rugby mad blog
Teachers, classes, or individual students are welcome to make a post and share their learning.


This resource has been developed in collaboration with a number of other organisations, and is subject to change without notice. The Ministry has used its best endeavours to ensure that the information is correct and current at the time of publication but takes no responsibility for any error, omission, or defect therein.

The New Zealand Ministry of Education does not accept any responsibility for inaccurate, out-of-date, or misleading information. The Ministry does not have editorial rights over the sites that are linked to from the NZC Online website and is not responsible for their content or the content of the links you may access in the resources listed. Any information, endorsements of products or services, materials, or personal opinions appearing on such external sites are not controlled, sponsored, nor approved by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

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Published on: 26 Apr 2011