Maths / Physical Education KS2: Rugby timing and multiplication challenge

Two rugby-mad schoolchildren are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. They meet two Welsh Rugby Union stars, Lloyd Williams and Harry Robinson, and are set a maths challenge related to rugby.

A key tactic in rugby is the 'Garryowen’, or ‘up and under’.

The challenge is to find out how far Lloyd has to run to catch his up and under, given how long the ball is in the air and that he can run 10 metres in a second.

Having completed the challenge, the children are presented with medals by our two stars.

This clip is from the series 3, 2, 1, Go!

Teacher Notes

Prepare the children for repeating the activity outside: What resources do they need? What do they need to know? How will they find out?

They should then work in pairs and record the results to be discussed on return to the classroom, for example: Who ran the fastest? How far would that mean they could kick? Can they kick that far? What was the average speed for the group/ class? Collect information about the speed of different runners over different lengths and display it for the class to use for further questioning. What would be the best way to display it?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Maths and Physical Education at KS2 or Second Level (Scotland).

More from 3, 2, 1, Go! (Key Stage 2):

Cycling timing challenge
Football scoring percentages challenge
Gymnastics lines of symmetry challenge
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