Gear up and join us for a summer of sport and reading!

07 Jun 2021
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Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager reveals the summer of fun the National Literacy Trust has in store for schools.

Here at the National Literacy Trust, we know that a great way to get children engaged in reading is through their interests.

A really popular and effective way of getting children to read for pleasure is through their love of sport. This summer, we are so excited to be bringing a whole programme of fun events, resources and challenges to schools across the country (that’s right, anyone can join the fun!) to get your pupils reading and talking about books, raising their aspirations and inspiring them to write creatively.

Here’s a run-down of this summer’s line up. We’ll be keeping this page updated so keep checking back for more announcements!

EUROS 2020 inspired activity!

Personally I’m a HUGE football fan, and I’m delighted the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament graces our screens once again this summer. We have three cool things you can get your class stuck into, all inspired by the EUROS:

We’re proud to bring you a free live event, a free 'live' EURO story, and a free UEFA EURO 2020 reading challenge – huge thanks to our partners at The FA and Rebellion publishing for supporting these!

The Reading Challenge

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This involves a wallchart reflecting the tournament fixtures with recommended book titles twinned with participating countries ‘playing off’ against each other. Children will have ‘book matches’, to ultimately find a class favourite, and find out which title will be crowned the champion of Europe!

Pupils are encouraged to read their chosen text and participate in ‘book matches’ where they will present three points about why their title should progress in the tournament, followed by a vote from the whole group or class to see who goes through. At the end of the tournament everyone commits to reading the winning text in celebration.

The reading challenge is also part of 11 exciting curriculum-based challenges that can be found in The FA’s UEFA EURO 2020 Schools Pack, which you can access from here. The pack includes activity sheets, teaching guides, and classroom display resources.

Live online event and story with Tom Palmer

On Friday 11 June at 10.30, we will run a free, live Zoom webinar event with Tom Palmer, aimed at children aged seven to 12 in which they’ll be able to ask questions about football, reading and writing.

Register here today!

This will include a live reading of the first chapter of Tom’s story he is writing as the tournament unfolds, featuring characters from his Roy of the Rovers books – Roy and his sister Rocky – to excite children and young people about reading during the tournament.

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Follow Tom Palmer's ‘live story’ online

The story will be written in 12 ‘live’ chapters that will be released during the tournament on our Euros resource page at 7.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Supporting worksheets and video content will also be available.

Live online author events!

On 15 June, we’re teaming up with Premier League Primary Stars and exciting new football author Priscilla Mante to bring children aged 7-11 a live event, football-themed activities, an ‘Achieve your dreams’ challenge and the first three chapters of Priscila’s latest book!

Priscilla will also provide a mini workshop all about how to achieve your dreams, and how to create a dream football team. Presenter Kenzie Benali is hosting the event and will ask Priscilla YOUR questions taken from the live feed.

There’s also the chance to win a free box of books for your school! So register now for free to have a chance to attend this exclusive event and put your questions to Priscilla.

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Schools can register securely to take part in the event here

A week-long football festival!

We’re excited to launch this five day fun football festival in July, packed with author events, new activities and challenges – stay tuned for more information soon!

Add 12 to 16 July to your diaries now and pop your details in this expression of interest form below to be notified of when you can sign up and take part.