Birmingham 2022 has opened a Queen's Baton Relay-focused educational programme, rolled out to primary school children in the city ©Birmingham 2022

Birmingham primary school children are the first to use a new online education programme centred on the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The English city is set to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games next summer.

Pupils could be asked to design their own version of the Baton and will also learn about the time zones in the 72 nations and territories that the Relay visits.

The Baton recently travelled through Kenya, the eighth country on a 294-day itinerary before Birmingham 2022.

"I am delighted that primary school pupils will be able to experience the wonder of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay with these free online resources," Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin said.

"I sincerely hope that everyone following the Baton in the Queen’s Baton Relay lessons will be ready and excited to welcome the Baton back to the proud host city of Birmingham in July 2022."

Birmingham 2022 Youth Programmes and Policy head Alton Brown unveiled the programme.

"These free online resources will provide real value in the classroom, offering pupils a greater understanding of the significance of the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay," Brown said.

The Relay containing the Queen’s message was introduced for the 1958 Games in Cardiff, but the first Baton was made in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.

"The history of the Baton and the Relay event is fascinating, and it’s brilliant that pupils will get to learn about this whilst also improving on key subjects such as English, maths and geography as part of the core curriculum," West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said.

The initiative aims to
The initiative aims to "provide real value in the classroom, offering pupils a greater understanding of the significance of the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay" ©Birmingham 2022

"This is a great initiative, and shows how Birmingham 2022 is so much more than just medals," the Mayor added.

At West Heath Primary School in Birmingham, teacher Adam Hooper introduced his pupils to the digital resource.

"The children of Birmingham are very lucky to have a global event take place on their doorstep," Hooper said.

"The free Queen’s Baton Relay resources will provide current, relevant learning opportunities.

"It is important for our children to use and interact with the resources, so they develop their knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth Games."

Jayne Francis, Birmingham City Council member for Education insisted: "The school pupils of today are those who will gain most from the long-term benefits we obtain from being the proud host city of the Games, so it is great they are being given this opportunity to get involved through their studies."

The scheme is part of a wider Birmingham 2022 Youth Programme to be officially launched in the early part of next year.

Birmingham 2022 claims this will engage at least one million children and young people aged 5-25 and will "complement the curriculum to widen knowledge, improve access to sports, arts and culture, while helping to boost confidence and resilience."

The Baton Relay learning resources for reception, key stage 1 and key stage 2 can be downloaded here.