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Ipswich: Schools face off in final of Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge

15:03 11 July 2014

Clifford Road Primary School celebrate Germany

Clifford Road Primary School celebrate Germany's victory match into the World Cup Final.

Sarah Lucy brown

After four weeks, 62 matches and 167 goals the World Cup is nearing its finale, and for two Ipswich schools the peak of the tournament is doubly exciting.

Castle Hill Infant School celebrate Argentina's victory match.Castle Hill Infant School celebrate Argentina's victory match.

Castle Hill Infant School and Clifford Road Primary School were paired with Argentina and Germany in the Ipswich Star World Cup Challenge.

That means they have stayed the distance out of the original 26 schools and will be cheering on their respective teams in the final on Sunday.

But the tournament has been about more than just football for the schools, who have spent the last month learning about the history, culture and values of their adopted countries through themed lessons and activities.

Michelle Chapman, head of Year 6 at Clifford Road Primary School, explained what children there had been doing for the tournament.

“The children were split into four groups. One was looking at the differences between the Bundesliga and the Premier League,” she said.

“Another was designing kits with the German colours because next week we are hoping to have a football tournament between the classes.

“One group was learning German words and phrases and they have made a German handbook.

“The fourth group did a fact file about Germany.

“On Friday we are setting up a bistro to have a continental breakfast, we are incorporating German food and other European foods.”

Head teacher Steve Wood said: “The excitement has grown and it was quite interesting that when we came back as Germany some of the more knowledgeable pupils were quite pleased but most people didn’t know, since then most of the staff and pupils have been following the football.

“Last night I was in contact with the head teacher of Sidegate Primary School and we were joking because had Holland made it through we would have been up against them in the final, but she texted me today to wish me good luck.”

Michele Baldock, PE teacher at Castle Hill Infant School, said the children there were “very excited”.

“They’ve just been talking about it the whole time since we entered the competition,” she said. “We are very into our football, we’ve got a number of young players who play for Whitton United.

“We had a super Argentina day when all the pupils came in in blue, white and yellow, some had their own Argentina T-shirts with Messi or Aguero on the back. We also had an activity day when each class and year group did a different activity and we spent the whole day learning about the country and the culture.”

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