Captain Tom 100 - literacy ideas

Added 15 Apr 2021

Friday 30 April 2021 would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday. It is also the one-year anniversary of the extraordinary celebrations following the conclusion of his famous 100 laps of his garden that raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS.

To help schools commemorate Captain Tom’s inspirational achievements we’ve developed these fabulous literacy ideas and challenges around the number 100 for pupils to have a go at as part of the Captain Tom 100


The challenges are flexibly designed so that they can be done as class activities, or shared as a menu of challenges to try at home, perhaps getting family members or friends involved.

We’ve provided challenge sheets for both primary and secondary students, packed with simple but fun ideas that engage children with:

  • reading, listening to and discussing books
  • descriptive and creative writing
  • report writing and factual recount
  • poetry
  • spelling
  • handwriting

Captain Tom 100

If your students have been inspired by Captain Tom’s life and legacy, get involved with the Captain Tom 100 and take on a challenge between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May

Captain Tom 100 is offering everyone the chance to raise funds for a charity of your choice or The Captain Tom Foundation. If you would like to make a small donation to the National Literacy Trust once you’ve taken on your 100 challenge, visit