It was a sensation which would have rocked the footballing world...
The World Cup trophy discovered by pupils in the grounds of a Sheffield school.
The realistic looking trophy was simple a replica – but it did spark a week of fierce debate and themed learning among pupils of all ages at Rivelin Primary School.
The exercise was organised by teachers as part of literacy work, aimed in particular at encouraging boys to enjoy creative writing.
And it allowed imaginations to run wild.
Assistant headteacher Sheenagh Middleton said: “The World Cup was found in the grounds and the children had lots of stories about where it has come from.
“Some said it was on a plane from Germany to Russia to where the next World Cup tournament is being held and had fallen out of the plane.
“Others thought that somebody had stolen it and they had hidden it in the school grounds with the intention of coming back for it.
“It has inspired a lot of creative work.
“One boy even went home, researched how heavy the World Cup is and then got flour out to the same measurement.
“He has decided it couldn’t be the real one because it doesn’t weigh enough.”
The school, on Morley Street, took part in a similar creative project in 2013 when a mysterious egg was discovered in the grounds.
In the latest stunt a special ‘football investigation committee’ also visited the school to look at the work which had been carried out with pupils from nursery age upwards.
Ms Middleton added: “At one point I was a suspect in all the drama of it!
“We’ve got an issue with boys and engagement with writing so we try to do something each year which is different and gets them interested.
“The World Cup has been really good in getting them involved and engaged with writing.”