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Teaching Ideas for the World Cup

Amy has put together ideas for you to use with your class in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup. 

With the World Cup beginning on 12th June 2014, your students are bound to be talking about football at school. So, how can we turn this enthusiasm into a great lesson that will capture their attention through their love of football?  For the PE teachers, this comes extremely natural. Here are a few great lesson ideas on how to use ideas from the World Cup in different subjects.

Students can label and colour the countries in the World Cup on an A3 World map. Allocating tables for the different groups is a good idea e.g. Table 1, can you label Group A (Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon), Table 2 can you label Group B (Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia) and so on. Students can also identify the flags of the nations and go on to discuss climate where matches are being played.

Religious Studies
Is the World Cup Ethical? Students can investigate how much footballers earn and discuss whether it is fair for the unit ‘Wealth and Poverty’. If your class is studying ‘Rites of Passage’ or Judaism, there is a fantastic film called ‘66’ which they can watch. It tells the story of a young boy who has his Bar Mitzvah on the day that England play in the cup final of 1966.

Students can create portraits of their favourite world cup footballers. This can be rolled out to include collages and paintings. Students could also explore the use of colour and text in world cup advertising.

Students can create mathematical equations to calculate the probability of each team winning the world cup based on previous results or results of ‘friendlies’.

Students can write a reflective piece about how they would feel if they were scoring a goal in the world cup. They can identify verbs and nouns in their piece of writing.

So, enjoy some creative lessons with your class that motivate them through the world cup. But remember not to let them talk you into watching matches in the lesson – that could be frowned upon by your school!

For more teaching ideas relating to the World Cup read our article World Cup Fever.

Amy, who is a secondary school teacher and works for Protocol Education. Her debut blog was on working a special measures school. If you missed it you can find it here.

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