World Cup inspires Purbrook pupils

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CHILDREN explored different countries in a World Cup themed week to boost their creative skills.

England, Australia, Italy and the USA were the focus for pupils at Purbrook Junior School.

(l-r): Ellie Bates, Eleanor Saunders and William Jones. Picture: Paul Jacobs (141878-3)

(l-r): Ellie Bates, Eleanor Saunders and William Jones. Picture: Paul Jacobs (141878-3)

The youngsters were split into groups and tasked with learning about their chosen country as part of the creativity week.

They spent time decorating a classroom representing their country and show what they had learnt, with many using different forms of art.

It culminated in a music and dance performance at the school yesterday.

Debbie Kennett, extended services manager organised it.

She said: ‘The curriculum can be quite tight to fit everything into.

‘This gives the children the opportunity to do something different.

‘They enjoyed it a lot. It’s taken a lot of preparation and a lot of hard work by the staff.

‘They have had a good experience.’

The pupils tried their hand at gardening, cooking, playing cricket and some staff had to eat bugs as part of a bushtucker trial for team Australia. And the pupils played in their own World Cup tournament.

William Jones, 11, is in Year 6, and studied England.

He said: ‘It’s been fun because we get to meet other people we don’t know in school.

‘I like how we get to make a theme for each classroom.’

Ellie Bates, 10, in Year 5, also studied England. She added: ‘I enjoyed it. The classroom was based on an English tea party.’