It has probably come to your attention that the World Cup kicked off in Russia today.
Whether you’re already bored of the hype or can’t wait to start watching, here are five fun ways that schools around the world are celebrating the World Cup:
1. 'School’s out'
Uruguay has reportedly cancelled school on days when its team will be playing so that everyone can stay at home and watch – arguably it wouldn't be an ideal fit in England, with its accountability pressures and exam season.
ALL Schools in Uruguay have officially confirmed classes will be stopped during every match their national team plays at the World Cup...— Football Away Days (@AwayDayFooty) June 9, 2018
FOOTBALL IS BLOODY BRILLIANT! 🇺🇾🇺🇾🇺🇾 pic.twitter.com/HvxyjMUBQZ
Jumping off an initiative by author Tom Palmer, many schools are taking the opportunity to encourage pupils to read more, especially books about sports.
Our constantly updating World Cup & Sport displays! Sponge-painted personal targets display, Maths in sport work and personal research linked to Russia and WC. I feel so selfish teaching through something I love, but the kids love it too! #WhatItsAllAbout #WorldCupReading pic.twitter.com/p2cQB6PPLR— Mr C (@MrCooperTeach) June 12, 2018
3. Football by numbers
Other teachers are taking the opportunity to motivate pupils to learn about numbers and probability with in-depth analyses of World Cup statistics and figures.
4. Special events
Some schools are celebrating “the beautiful game” with their own themed sporting events.
Yesterday in our school council meeting we made posters to advertise our World Cup event. The event will take place on Thursday 21st June. Please arrive at school in sports clothes and trainers. 😊👟🏃🏼🏃🏻♀️⚽️ @MissSmith_Yr2 @Inspire_Ashton #WorldCup2018 #sportsclothes pic.twitter.com/Jv2MKriY2f— Miss Wrigley (@WrigleyInspire) June 13, 2018
5. Meet the team
But why celebrate in the classroom when you can be there yourself? As the England team arrived at their official training ground near St Petersburg for the first time, local schoolchildren had the opportunity to meet the players in person.
.@HKane and @GarethSouthgate recieve gifts at #England2018 first training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium near St Petersberg #WorldCup #ThreeLions #WorldCup2018 #Russia2018 @PA pic.twitter.com/ujcHlJbX2r— Owen Humphreys (@owenhumphreys1) June 13, 2018