Getting the ball rolling for World Cup with special Brazil link

World Cup fever hit a borough school as pupils got the ball rolling with a series of Brazilian-themed events.

Fordley Primary School, in Dudley, linked up with their young counterparts in Brazil last Thursday for a special educational event.

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The school is twinned with the Doutel de Andrade school in Curitiba, the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Parana, and one of the host cities for the World Cup.

The schools have already exchanged details of their respective lifestyles and last week linked up for a special Skype chat lead by the school’s international leader Nicola McArdle and curriculum leader Glen Whitehead.

Fordley pupils attended school dressed in either England or Brazil colours and attended an assembly to learn more about their Brazilian peers.

There was also the chance to learn Brazilian carnival dance, samba drumming and the culture of Brazil.

Children were also given the chance to take part in penalty shoot-outs during the day and wrote postcards about life in Dudley to send to Doutel de Andrade.

The link was forged through Tyneside football coaches Craig Robson and Michael Gardner, who are taking part in a volunteering project in Curitiba, and were on hand to teach the youngsters about racism in sport and how to help stop it.

Fordley headteacher Claire Withers said: “The aim of the day is for our children at Fordley to learn about Brazilian culture, make new friendships across the world and raise money to send over there to support additional teaching of English.”