Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Gallery: Round-up of Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge at primary schools after Germany beat Argentina in Brazil

18:33 14 July 2014

Pupils at Clifford Road Primary School geared up for the World Cup final by having a German food day.

Pupils at Clifford Road Primary School geared up for the World Cup final by having a German food day.

Teachers have praised the Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge after hundreds of pupils across the town learned about countries competing at the tournament.

Children have relished finding out about the history, culture and values of their adopted countries through themed lessons and activities after 26 primary schools were paired with nations competing at the World Cup.

And although there was no official prize for winning, pupils at Clifford Road Primary School had even more reason to cheer after their paired country, Germany, became world champions on Sunday night.

Stephen Wood, head teacher, said: “A few children came in bleary eyed because they had stopped up to watch it, but they were all really impressed with the German team.

“They showed perseverance, tenacity and rose to the challenge – skills which can be related to life at school and life in general.

“They also saw that most German players play in the Bundesliga (the German domestic league), with the Premier League flooded with foreign stars, leading to a healthy debate over the national issue, which was impressive at their age.”

The school held a ‘Germany Day’ on the eve of the World Cup final.

Mr Wood added: “Nineteen languages are spoken at our school, so it is important pupils learn about different cultures, and being paired up with a team made it more real.”

Meanwhile, Michele Baldock, PE coach at Castle Hill Infants School, teamed up with runners-up Argentina, said they enjoyed learning about the South American country.

Elsewhere during the challenge, Whitehouse Community Primary School enjoyed a Nigeria-themed day. Parents dressed in traditional Nigerian clothes while pupils had the chance to see works of art created by Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy, who was based in East Anglia for some time and painted the official Golden Jubilee portrait of the Queen.

Youngsters at Somersham Primary School showed off their creativity and design skills in a French-themed Mad Hair and Hats Day. Imaginative hat designs featured the Eiffel Tower, a beret sailor cap and even a baguette during the day of fun learning.

Pupils at Whatfield Primary School took part in a day of activities centred on Greece, with pupils learning about its rich culture and classical myths before trying the country’s traditional dishes.

Gill Mitchell, headteacher at the East Bergholt Primary School, said pupils got creative as they learned about Colombia.

Students found out about the country’s rainforests, writing persuasive articles to save them, while others learned about the importance of Fairtrade and tried out some Colombian bananas. They also learnt some Spanish.

Youngsters at Tattingstone CofE Primary School learnt all about Croatia. They discovered that Dalmatian dogs can be traced back to country while learning about the historical region of Dalmatia.

Sidegate Primary School held a Dutch-themed day, staging lessons on artists such Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Veroude, while Springfield Junior School, linked with Cameroon, organised a football tournament with other schools.

And finally, Wendy Worley, headteacher at Stutton Primary School, paired with hosts Brazil, helped organise a five-a-side tournament – which saw Brazil beat England in the final!

Passengers using Abellio Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Cambridge could face long delays this morning.

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague has said thank you to everyone who has come forward so far, as the search enters its sixth day.

A mural created in a disused Ipswich pub by legendary cartoonist Carl Giles could be lost forever after decorators painted over it – twice.

A Martlesham man is angry after a booked trip on a steam train up Snowdon was cancelled due to an obese family taking up all the room in his carriage.

A 170-tonne electricity transformer the size of a bungalow is being transported along the A12 in Suffolk on Saturday.

Chinese backers yesterday signed important financial agreements connected to the construction of Suffolk’s yet-to-be-approved Sizewell C nuclear power station.

A 15-year-old girl missing from Ipswich has been found, according to Suffolk police officers.

A 32-year-old autistic woman from Ipswich has hosted a Macmillan coffee morning in memory of her mother, who died of cancer two years ago.

And depending how significant the prize, or the emotional attachment to it, their fates can range from living out their days in a dusty draw to taking pride of place on your (or your parent’s) mantelpiece.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a nine-year-old girl reported being approached by two men on bicycles in Ipswich.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24