Staff and pupils from Thurrock’s Lansdowne Primary Academy have been working closely with the Premier League Stars Programme over the past year.
The programme provides free lesson plans, activities and video content for boys and girls, aged five-11, and is designed to inspire learning in Maths, English, PE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).
Staff have taken part in various competitions in order to receive special incentives and opportunities for their pupils.
Miss Joanne Dunne, year four teacher, heard about Premier League Stars after taking the Year six boys team to a football tournament last year, and has used their resources in the classroom to inspire and engage the pupils in their learning.
Miss Dunne said: “There are many different competitions they run and I recently entered a competition to win a new football kit for our school; we didn’t have one at the time. I didn’t think we would win but I received an email to say our school had been selected.
“When we unveiled it for the first time, I had a lump in my throat as I saw the children’s faces. They can now go to games and show off their new kit with pride. It might also be a lucky charm as we haven’t lost a game since wearing it.
“I would like to thank Adam Walker and Ross Williams from West Ham United, for coming into Lansdowne recently to spend the morning working with pupils in year five with their writing.”
Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and sports field.