School Celebrates Lionesses And Equality In A Fun And Engaging Way

AHEAD of a day where history will be made at the Riverside one school used the forthcoming international games to encourage learning in a fun and engaging way.

The inaugural Arnold Clark Cup games take place at the Riverside today, with Germany taking on Spain ahead of the England Lionesses game against Olympic Champions Canada this evening.

Y5 and Y6 students from St. Bernadette’s took part in a Celebrating the Lionesses P.E Session organised by MFC Foundation as part of a delivery programme with the school.

“The students were very excited to be learning about the Lionesses and knew a lot of facts about the players from the Lionesses work packs we handed the week before,” explains Ashley Carter, the Foundation’s Education and Equality Lead.

“The afternoon consisted of Active English and Small Sided Games where we saw some fantastic celebrations! I wonder who they were copying?

“The effort and enthusiasm from all the students was brilliant and a lot of them are looking forward to going to the England match.”

The school were delighted with the themes of the sessions and the delivery, with Y6 teacher Mr Bourner thanking the Foundation when saying: “Thanks very much for the session you did with the year fives and sixes. The children were really engaged and it was lovely to do something focused on women’s football, rather than men’s.

“The activities were well thought out and inclusive, plus they challenged the children with their thinking. I also thought the choices for Player of the Day were particularly well considered as both children are naturally shy and non-competitive, so it was great to see them get the praise!”

Sentiments echoed by Deputy Head Miss Brady who said: “‘I second that! It was great to see how engaged and excited the children were! They all had so much fun. Thank you for the opportunity to get involved.”