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Back of the net: New teaching aid introduces children to football metaphors

Holy Cross school book launch. Picture by Mark Marlow

PUPILS are learning the meaning of football metaphors as part of a new sport-themed learning resource.

Holy Cross Boys' PS in North Belfast are becoming familiar with phrases including moved the goalposts, hat-trick and level playing field.

The English language resource is associated with a book documenting the 1950s success of the Holy Cross Boys' football team.

The Boys of 54 was researched and written by school vice-principal Chris Donnelly.

It tells the story of the school, the team and the history of Ardoyne in north Belfast.

Learning resources in maths and English are now being used to teach pupils about the history of their area and football in their school.

One section introduces children to metaphors common in football and teaches them the meaning. It encourages boys to work in pairs and match metaphors including `political football' and `miss an open goal' with its real meaning.

It also includes comprehension worksheets and asks pupils to identify nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.

"The teaching and learning booklet incorporates numeracy, literacy, World Around Us and art-focused lessons set for pupils in upper Key Stage 2, and this will be a resource used annually within the school," Mr Donnelly said.

"Children learn best when they are fully engaged in learning themes and experience tells us that sport and local history are themes that capture the attention of our pupils and the wider school community.

"The stories and experiences detailed in the book have provoked many conversations in family homes between our pupils and their parents and grandparents, to my delight."

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