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Kicking off on 10 June, Euro 2016 features more teams than ever, giving a rare chance for nations like Albania, Iceland and Hungary to compete on the big stage, as well as home nations Northern Ireland and Wales, and our neighbours Republic of Ireland.
The final takes place in Paris on 10 July where England will surely be, er, watching from home. But let’s hope they go as far as they can, eh?
Host nation France will open the tournament against Romania, while the usual suspects Germany, Spain, Italy are all there along with Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia and more.
It’s a great chance to get your kids engaged with a whole host of lessons on PE, geography, languages, literacy, maths and more – and here are some free resources to get you going.
And if you needed more of an excuse to watch the tournament, here’s a GIF of French goal hunk Olivier Giroud:
Hosting your own mixed-gender, mixed-year group European Championship creates a fun and inclusive project that incorporates PE, art, languages, music, computing and more.
Teams are randomly assigned nations to play as, and get to research their country, create as big a flag as possible, design their kit, and try to use the language when playing. All of this counts towards their points total, so it’s not just about who wins the football tournament. Fair play and best fans will also be rewarded
Download it here
This National Literacy Trust resource uses the centenary of the 1916 Battle of the Somme and the football fever around Euro 2016 to encourage reading and writing for enjoyment in schools, libraries and homes. It combines some of the most popular football literacy activities from the NLT’s previous World Cup and Euro toolkits, as well as new ideas for in-school activities.
Other free downloadable resources that are referenced within the pack include the first chapter of Over the Line 2016 by Tom Palmer, which will lead into a live 16-chapter story that responds to the unfolding events of Euro 2016 and featuring a Somme centenary storyline; daily writing exercises during the tournament period inspired by both events; and links to websites and extra resources to enhance your work.
Football and Minecraft are both hugely popular things for primary-aged children, so why not combine them both (along with learning) by taking part in iTeach’s competition to build the Stade de France stadium in Paris, where both the opening Euro 2016 game and the final will take place?
The winning school receives a five-pack education kit of Spheros, and the two runners up receiving a Sphero for their school. All three schools will also receive training and a mini-drone for the winning pupil.
Find out more and enter here
Football fans in your class will probably know plenty about the England team. But how much do they know about Wales? They’ll probably be familiar with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but now they can find out about the whole squad while learning languages in class.
The Welsh Government has teamed up with Arsenal’s Double Club programme to produce this French language pack based around Wales’ involvement in Euro 2016. The four units teach children basic greetings; football positions, numbers and vocabulary; colours; player nationalities; the French cities where games will take place; and dates and times of the tournament fixtures.
Better yet, they’ve also produced the pack in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and, of course, Welsh.
Created for use in KS2 for this year’s My Money Week this resource ties that in with the European Championship by looking at converting Euros to Pounds, ordering stadiums based on cost and capacity and looking at ways to spend a footballer’s weekly wage (if only we could). It then looks at the UK average salary and lets pupils research salaries for jobs that interest them, and the qualifications needed.
These time word problems are themed around football and have been differentiated in three ways for lower, standard and higher ability. It’s an engaging activity to build up your class’ understanding of time.
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