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Sea-level rise: a boy in Vanuatu juggles a ball where there was once a playing field.
Sea-level rise: a boy in Vanuatu juggles a ball where there was once a playing field.

The World Cup - A Fair Game?

A cross-curricular resource to engage learners critically with issues of fairness and equality

Fully updated for 2022, this cross-curricular resource for 9-14 year olds uses the World Cup to develop critical thinking around issues of fairness and equality.

Resource aims

To use real-life data and the World Cup to engage learners and enable them to see the practical relevance of maths, English, geography, social studies (Scotland) and physical education in the world around them.

  • To encourage participatory, investigative and collaborative teaching and learning styles.
  • To promote critical thinking about issues and values related to the themes of inequality and fairness.
  • To support teachers to fulfil demands of the English, maths, geography (social studies) and PE curricula in England, Scotland and Wales, helping learners to develop in a range of areas including:

In maths: Applying knowledge of fractions, percentages and ratio; using the language of probability; calculating the mean as an average and interpreting data.

In geography: Locational knowledge; map and data analysis skills; and understanding of the geographical similarities and differences between places.

In English: Speaking confidently and effectively; considering and evaluating different viewpoints; making inferences and referring to evidence in a text.

In physical education: Communication and collaboration; taking responsibility for organising a sporting event; and ensuring the conventions of fair play, honest competition, good sporting behaviour and informed spectatorship.