I am doing five things to help schools use this and next month’s Rugby World Cup to encourage children to read for pleasure.
All are free.
From September 17 you can download a free daily (weekdays) story called The Twickenham Trials. The story will be written by me every day as the World Cup unfolds. Packed with cliffhangers and chances for children to vote on the outcome, it is designed to be read in schools for five minutes every morning. Read this blog to find out more: http://tompalmer.co.uk/a-rugby-world-cup-story-for-schools/.
Read Rugby is a toolkit of ideas for schools and libraries to use to promote reading for pleasure during the tournament – from the staffroom, through school settings, to activities children can do with their parents at home. You can download that from http://englandrugbyteachersresource.com/putting-it-into-practice/other-subjects/literacy.
On the same webpage as Read Rugby there are 15 rugby writing and reading drills for the classroom. Rugby uses focussed drills to develop players’ specific skills: these drills should do the same for your pupils’ reading and writing skills. You can download that from http://englandrugbyteachersresource.com/putting-it-into-practice/other-subjects/literacy.
Blogs and vlogs for children and adults about both the Rugby World Cup itself and things they can read around the tournament. All linked by the hashtag #ReadRugby. You can see them here.
The free story mentioned above will feature the three main characters from my new Rugby Academy trilogy, which is aimed at 8+ and published by Barrington Stoke. The books have already had five-star reviews from Rugby World magazine. They are available right now. More info here.
Thanks you for reading. I hope these are useful. Please tell other teachers, librarians and parents about them.