Gallery: Pupils in Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge exploring global communities ahead of Brazil vs Germany semi-final

World Cup event at Chelmondiston Primary.
The school drew Portugal in the Ipswich Star World Cup Ch

World Cup event at Chelmondiston Primary. The school drew Portugal in the Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge.

As the World Cup enters its final week, pupils are still taking advantage of a new Ipswich Star scheme by learning about countries competing at the global tournament.

The Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge saw 26 primary schools across the town paired with nations competing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Over the last three weeks, pupils have learned about the history, culture and values of their adopted country through themed lessons and activities.

But they have also become footie fans of their new countries – a smart move considering England’s early exit

And tonight, two schools will go head-to-head – Stutton C of E VCP School, paired with hosts Brazil, go up against Clifford Road Primary School, teamed-up with Germany, as the two countries face each other in the first semi-final.

Tomorrow night, it will be Sidegate Primary School (Holland) versus Castle Hill Infant and Junior School (Argentina).

Armita Forouhar, extra-curricular activities co-ordinator at Castle Hill Infant and Junior School, said pupils took part in a five-a-side tournament in the build up to the match.

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“They are really excited about the World Cup and loved playing in the tournament at the Castle Hill Recreation Ground,” she said.

“Football is a good sport for learning about team work and communication, and obviously keeps you fit and healthy.”

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Beverley Berrett, interim head teacher at Chelmondiston Primary School, said students gained a lot during a ‘Portugal Day’.

She said: “It made them realise the World Cup is not just about football – it has inspired them to find out more about other countries taking part.

“They learned about Portugal’s geography and language and shared what they found out in an assembly